Today’s the day I’m cleaning out my refrigerator. I have quite a few eggs, ricotta cheese, Italian sausage, and part of orange bell pepper on hand so making a frittata just makes perfect sense.
I’m doing Italian Sausage, Asparagus, And Fontina Cheese Frittata Muffins.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yields: 24 frittatas
Equipment: 2 (12-cup) muffin tin pans, large mixing bowl, whisk, box grater, non-stick cooking spray, 1 (12-inch) sauté pan
1 pound of sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
12 large eggs,
1 cup of ricotta cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup of half-and-half
1 1/2 cups of Truffle fontina cheese, freshly grated (reserve 1/2 cup)
1 1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 1/4 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
1 (8-ounce) package of thawed (Birds Eye Steam Fresh) frozen asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces sliced on the bias
1/4 cup of orange bell pepper, finely diced
2 tablespoons of fresh chives, finely minced
1 tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves, chopped
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Start by spraying both muffin tin pans with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl break a dozen eggs. Add ricotta, half-and-half, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper whisk to combine. Add freshly grated fontina cheese whisk to combine. Next, add the fresh chives, thyme, and asparagus, stir to combine. Set aside.
In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat add the sausage. Using a wooden spoon break up the sausage. Stirring occasionally, cook until no longer pink, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the finely diced orange bell pepper, stir to combine, cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Next, transfer the cooked sausage to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
Combine the cooled sausage mixture with the egg mixture, stir to combine. Fill the muffin cup halfway with the frittata mixture. Sprinkle the reserved grated fontina evenly of the tops of each frittata. Bake until the eggs are just set, 15 to 20 minutes. Allow the Italian Sausage, Asparagus, Fontina Cheese Frittata Muffins to cool before running a rubber spatula around the outside of each one to ensure easy removal.
Transfer to a large serving platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.