This post is produced in partnership with Le Creuset Canada
A good nonstick pan is a must in every kitchen but given recent concerns about the long term effects of using them, it’s made it a bit of a challenge. I’ve been on the lookout to upgrade the nonstick pieces here in our Canadian kitchen and fortunately, Le Creuset Canada has just released an entire new line – Le Creuset Toughened Nonstick Cookware.
About the collection:
The Toughened Nonstick Cookware line is safe and easy to use. Each piece is constructed through a special hot forging process that prevents warping and ensures consistent heat distribution. The pieces are ideal for all stovetops, including induction, and are oven safe to 260°C / 500° F. Using superior grade, environmentally friendly 100% PFOA-free reinforced coating, the new Le Creuset Toughened Nonstick Cookware is built to resist flaking and peeling in even the harshest of conditions. Sticky and delicate ingredients slide right off making cooking and cleanup easier than ever while the toughened nonstick surface means healthier cooking as it minimizes the need for oil. All products feature stainless steel stay-cool ergonomic handles to make for easy maneuvering in the kitchen. The gorgeous tempered all-glass lid, which features a new stainless steel knob, is available in a variety of sizes and is a sophisticated addition to any piece in the product assortment.
I was eager to try out this “better-for-you” line of cookware and for my first piece, I chose the 28cm Shallow Frying Pan. I’ve been looking for a frying pan workhorse for my kitchen and this seemed to fit the bill. With a simple design, this frying pan has a nice weight to it and it’s not too small but not so big that it feels unwieldy. And while I know this piece will get a lot of use in our kitchen for lots of different recipes, the one I couldn’t wait to try was a frittata. I don’t know about you but a frittata is my “go to” for a cleaning out the fridge meal. It’s also great as leftovers. But it’s not so great when it sticks to the pan 🙁 For this recipe, I literally used up what I had on-hand, almost on a whim. I had some asparagus leftover from some recipe development (working on a variation of this tart), some new potatoes, also leftover from a recipe I was testing and, in a freezer cleanup, I discovered a few frozen peas which I always keep on hand. The weekend I made this recipe, the weather was decidedly spring-like (though it doesn’t seem to be able to make up its mind right now) and this seemed appropriate.
A lot of frittata recipes call for the vegetables to be cooked before you add the egg mixture and often it’s steaming or boiling that is suggested. I figured I might as well make use of the lovely big frying pan to cook the asparagus and potatoes a little (this way they’re crispy as opposed to soggy). I like the touch of colour that broiling adds to the finished dish and it’s great that you can just place the whole pan under the broiler to finish cooking.
Frittata with spring greens and potatoes
An easy frittata to welcome spring!
250g small new potatoes, thinly sliced
300g asparagus, trimmed
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 medium onion (approx 150g), diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 tablespoons heavy cream (35%)
pea shoots or other spring greens
flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the broiler to 375˚F.
Heat the oil in a Le Creuset Toughened Nonstick Frying Pan over medium-high heat.
Add the potatoes and asparagus and cook until they are just starting to soften and become golden around the edges, stirring from time to time. Timing will depend on how thinly you've sliced the potatoes and how thick your asparagus is but somewhere between 5-8 minutes. Season with sea salt and pepper.
Remove the vegetables from the pan and set aside.
Add the onions and garlic to the pan and cook until the onions are translucent and the garlic is starting to colour slightly.
Add the peas then the rest of the vegetables to the pan and stir to distribute evenly.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and cream then pour over the vegetables, shaking the pan slightly to make sure the mixture is even across the pan.
Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the frittata is just starting to set in the middle.
Place the pan under the broiler (on the middle rack, you don't need to get it too close) and cook for 5-6 minutes or until the frittata is golden and puffing around the edges. The vegetables on top will get a little bit more colour here too.
Remove the frittata from the oven and transfer it to a cutting board to serve.
Can be enjoyed warm or room temperature and leftovers will keep for a couple of days in airtight containers in the fridge. Can be reheated or enjoyed cold too.
The best thing about this recipe is that it’s great warm, room temperature or even cold so it makes great leftovers. It’s also pretty on your plate which, in this in-between season where we don’t quite know if it’s still winter or if spring is finally coming, is important.
And the Toughened Nonstick? This is a beautiful pan to work with. It’s truly nonstick – the frittata slid out of the pan like a dream. No vegetable left behind! It also cleans up easily – I barely needed to wash it! I’ve since used this every time a frying pan was called for in a recipe and am enjoying it immensely. I love that, unlike some of my previous nonstick pans, it feels like a substantial pan and the stay-cool handle is always appreciated! I was skeptical about the claim of needing to use less oil but it’s true! All around, this is a great pan that will definitely see a lot of action in my kitchen. If you’re looking for a nonstick pan that will last and last, this is definitely an investment piece to check out (starting at $190).
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