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Artichoke, Leek, and Taleggio Frittata

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Serves four as a main, eight as an appetizer.

  • by Sara Jenkins from Fine Cooking
    Issue 104

Taleggio is a semisoft Italian cheese. Look for it in well-stocked supermarkets and specialty stores.

  • 5 baby artichokes, trimmed 
  • 5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium leeks (white and light green parts only), trimmed, washed, and thinly sliced (1-1/2 cups)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 oz. Taleggio cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme

Dry the artichokes, cut in half lengthwise, and slice lengthwise about 1/2 inch thick.

Heat 2 Tbs. of the olive oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the artichokes, a pinch of salt, and a couple of grinds of pepper. Cook the artichokes until lightly browned on one side, about 4 minutes. With a wide spatula, turn them over and cook until lightly browned on the other side, about 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 4 minutes. Remove the cover and cook until any remaining liquid is evaporated. Transfer to a small bowl.

Add 2 Tbs. of the oil and the leeks to the pan with a pinch of salt. Increase the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the artichokes.

Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl. Add the artichokes, leeks, Taleggio, parsley, thyme, and 1/2 tsp. salt.

Position an oven rack 6 inches from the broiler and heat the broiler on high. Wipe out the skillet and heat the remaining 1 Tbs. oil over medium-low heat. Pour in the egg mixture and cook until the bottom is light golden (use a spatula to peek), about 4 minutes. Slide the spatula under the bottom to keep it from sticking. Put the pan under the broiler and cook until the eggs are set and the top is golden-brown, about 3 minutes more. Slide onto a serving platter and serve warm or at room temperature.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 190; Fat (g): 15; Fat Calories (kcal): 130; Saturated Fat (g): 4; Protein (g): 8; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8; Carbohydrates (g): 6; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5; Sodium (mg): 280; Cholesterol (mg): 165; Fiber (g): 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Very tasty and so easy to make. Definitely for artichoke lovers though. Read my full review at: http://www.takingonmagazines.com/2011/07/artichokes-leek-and-taleggio-frittata.html

Easy to make and nice overall. I do think I would spice it a little more, but everyone loved it.

I made this on the weekend and it turned out perfectly! The directions are so easy to follow and the end result was just like in the photo :) I didn't have fresh herbs on hand so I substituted with a small portion of dry and it was just fine. The taleggio cheese was fabulous!

This fritatta is delicious-- cut into small squares, it makes a delicious appetizer. My guests raved about this one. The artichoke and leeks are a wonderful combination-- both have great texture and interesting flavors--- and the taleggio really sends it over the top.

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