Saturday, April 20, 2013

Italian Mini Frittatas

Prep : 25 minutes    Bake : 25 minutes    Makes 6 servings

2             tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
1/2          cup boiling water
2             thin slices prosciutto, finely chopped
1/4          cup chopped shallots 1 teaspoon butter
2             garlic cloves, minced
1/4          cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2      cups fat-free milk
4             egg whites
2             eggs
1             cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 1/4          cup shredded Asiago cheese
1/2          cup canned water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and chopped
2             tablespoons minced fresh basil or
2             teaspoons dried basil
3/4          teaspoon salt
1/2          teaspoon white pepper

1.        Place tomatoes in a small bowl; add boiling water. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2 .       In a small nonstick skillet, saute prosciutto and shallots in butter until shallots are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; set aside.
3 .       In a large bowl, whisk flour and milk until smooth; whisk in the egg whites and eggs until blended. Stir in the cheeses, artichokes, basil, salt, pepper, and reserved tomatoes and prosciutto mixture.
4 .       Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray; fill with egg mixture. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Carefully run a knife around edges to loosen; remove from pan. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.

"While these individual frittatas contain prosciutto, cheese and butter, the amounts are small so each portion stays slim. They’re easy to prepare, easy to serve and will certainly become a brunch favorite"
                **Shallot Substitutions**
Shallots are part of the onion family and have a mild onion-garlic flavor. In place of 3 to 4 shallots, use 1 medium onion plus a pinch of garlic powder or (if you like the taste of garlic) 1 minced garlic clove.
Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine

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