Enhanced with leek, herbs, and the fire-roasted wheat berries called freekeh in the Middle East, it’s good right out of the oven but just as tasty the next day at room temperature.
For the shopping list
asparagus, 10-15 stalks, cut into 1-2 inch pieces
leek, sliced thinly
half and half
chopped fresh herbs: chives, parsley, mint, basil, or a lively mix
From the kitchen
Saucepan, Cast Iron or Oven Safe Casserole Dish
In a saucepan, combine 1/3 cup of freekeh with a good pinch of salt and enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the grains are tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and cool.
Beat 4 eggs with a teaspoon of sea salt and 1 1/3 cup of half and half.
Cook the leek and asparagus in 3 tablespoons of olive oil until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and spread in an even layer. Layer with half of the grated cheese, the cooked freekeh, and the rest of the cheese. Pour in the eggs and top with the chopped herbs.
Bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes or until the top has just set and is lightly browned. Let the frittata cool for about 10 minutes before serving. It’s also very tasty at room temperature.