Recipe courtesy of Emily Weinberger for Food Network Kitchen

4-Cheese Garden Vegetable Frittata

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Look no further for a stunning, edible centerpiece for your Easter or spring get-together. Picture a stack of two vegetable and cheese-packed frittatas with a layer of creamy, herbed goat cheese in the middle. Bright green asparagus spears decorate the perimeter of the frittata "cake" for a make-ahead showstopper.
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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 30 min (includes cooling and chilling times)
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

Cheese Filling:

Asparagus Frittata:

Spinach Frittata:

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Tightly wrap the bottom and sides of two 6-inch round springform pans with aluminum foil and transfer to a baking sheet.
  2. For the cheese filling: Beat the cream cheese and goat cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low, add the chives and parsley and mix until just combined. Cover and chill until firm and cold, at least 1 hour and up to overnight. (You want the cheese to be cold enough so it doesn't seep out the sides when the frittatas are stacked on top of each other). 
  3. For the asparagus frittata: Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water.  
  4. Trim and discard the woody stems from the asparagus. Cut 3 inches off the top of each asparagus spear (measuring from the tip) and set aside. Thinly slice the remaining parts of the stalks. Set aside 1/2 cup and reserve the remaining asparagus for another use.  
  5. Add the 3-inch asparagus pieces to the boiling water and cook until tender but still very bright green, about 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to immediately transfer them to the ice water to stop the cooking. Remove them to a cutting board and slice each stalk lengthwise down the middle. Reserve for decorating. 
  6. Whisk the heavy cream, Parmesan, mozzarella, dill, mint, eggs, scallions, reserved 1/2 cup asparagus, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a medium bowl. Pour into one of the prepared springform pans. Reserve the bowl for the second frittata.
  7. For the spinach frittata: Whisk the heavy cream, Parmesan, mozzarella, spinach, chives, parsley, eggs, scallions, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in the reserved bowl until well combined. Pour the mixture into the other prepared springform pan and scatter the tomatoes over top.   
  8. Bake both frittatas until they are set but still have a very slight jiggle in the center, 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.  
  9. To assemble: Release the latches of the springform pans, remove the plates from the bottom of each and place the asparagus frittata on a cake stand or serving platter. Spread 3/4 cup of the cold cheese mixture over top of the frittata. Top with the spinach frittata. Spread the rest of the cheese mixture around the perimeter of the frittatas as if you were frosting a cake. Press the asparagus pieces around the frittatas with the flat sides touching the cheese and the pointed tips facing up to look like grass. (The asparagus should be touching, side by side, so that no cheese is visible.). Refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. Slice and serve cold.  

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