Very simple to make, this easy open-faced omelet has it all; the unique flavor of Comte. Serve warm or at room temperature.
I am so grateful for the carton of organic local eggs we get most weeks. Beyond protein, they are a good source of vitamins A and D. Not only that, they contain antioxidants, Vitamin B, lutein and zeaxanthin.
If I make eggs for my kid’s for breakfast, I know we’re off on the right foot in the morning. For myself, I love the fact that a whole egg is only 70 calories. And a white (which is pure protein) is only 15 calories, so I eat them for breakfast several days a week.
Here is a fritata recipe with ham and asparagus. I served it to my family for dinner. They happily gobbled it up, and I loved the left-overs for breakfast.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, sliced (can substitute scallions)
- 8 eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 cups grated Comte (about 4 ounces)
- plus 2 tablespoons of grated Comte for topping
- 2/3 cup quality ham
- cut in strips (about 2 ounces)
- 6 sun-dried tomato halves, softened in water and thinly sliced
- Pinch ground red pepper
- 6 asparagus spears, blanched
- Preheat oven to 400° F. In a 9-inch oven-proof skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until hot; add onion; sauté until soft. In a bowl, whisk eggs and milk; stir in Comte, ham, sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper and sautéed onion.
- In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat; add egg mixture; cook for 2 minutes.
- Arrange asparagus on top like the spokes of a wheel; bake until center is set, 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle with *Comte.
*About Comte cheese
If you are a fondue lover than you may be more familiar with Swiss Gruyere however the original version was from Germany. Originally, Gruyere was neither Swiss Nor French. Comte is from the French Comte region of France and has a much milder flavor than the Swiss gruyere. Comte is aged about 8 months compared to Swiss Gruyere is sometimes only aged for 3 months.
Use Comte in fondues, gratins, or salads. Pairs well with either red or white wines. Look for this cheese in any well-stocked cheese shop. You can typically find this at Whole Foods stores.
Substitute for Comte cheese
Make it a goal to source locally grown organic produce, organic pastured eggs, raw dairy products, oils, and grass-fed meats as much as possible.