Green Mustard and Asparagus Frittata

Dense in vegetables, easy and quick to cook, we had this frittata on Sunday night, thinking about the veggies you are getting this week in the box. It was delicious! Perfect as a simple dinner for four. This recipe was inspired by the one in Alice Waters' The Art of Simple Food, Clarkson Potter, 2007. We happened to have a bit of left-over tomato sauce that we used -- it added a lot to the flavor. The frittata can be made with other vegetables besides those in this week's box.


One bunch wild mustard greens
One bunch green garlic
One bunch asparagus
6 eggs
Salt, pepper
Pinch of cayenne
Olive oil
Dry Jack cheese, grated (optional)
A bit of simple tomato sauce (optional) 


Clean and dice the green garlic. Wash and coarsely chop the green mustard leaves. Crack the 6 eggs into a large bowl and add salt (about 1 teaspoon), pepper and cayenne. Beat lightly.

We like our asparagus roasted. This only takes a few extra minutes. We think it is worth it, but if you don't want to take the trouble, you can cook the asparagus with the other vegetables (see below). Either way, you will want to break off any stiff stems and thoroughly wash the asparagus. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Arrange the asparagus on a cookie pan and sprinkle olive oil and salt over it. Mix the stems together to coat them in the oil. Pop the pan in the oven and pay attention! Don't overcook the asparagus. Take it out when it is tender but still a bit firm. Chop it into 1 1/2-inch pieces.


Heat a 10-inch heavy pan over medium-low heat. Add 2 T of olive oil and cook the garlic. When the garlic is soft, add the mustard leaves and cook them until they are tender, adding a splash of water if the pan dries out. Turn the veggies out onto a plate. If there is extra water in the mixture (from the chard), gently squeeze it out. Add the asparagus to the vegetables and stir them into the beaten eggs.

Put the pan back on a medium-low heat and heat up a bit of olive oil. Pour in the egg mixture. As the eggs set on the bottom, lift the edges to allow the uncooked egg to flow underneath. Continue to cook until it is mostly set (don't be impatient!) Invert a plate on top of the pan and turn it and the pan upside down to turn out the frittata. Put the pan back on the heat and add a bit of olive oil. Slide the frittata back into the pan. Sprinkle the grated cheese on the top. Cover so that the cheese melts. Cook for a few minutes and you're done! The frittata should be cooked through but still moist.