Leek and Goat Cheese Frittata
The high ratio of leeks to eggs in this frittata brings the leeks’ sweet flavor and meltingly tender texture to the forefront.
3 Tbs. unsalted butter
2 Tbs. olive oil
3 large leeks (white and light-green parts only),
halved lengthwise, sliced on the diagonal 1/2-inch thick, and rinsed
6 large eggs
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
3 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F.
Heat 2 Tbs. of the butter and 1 Tbs. of the olive oil in a 10-inch, ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter has melted, add the leeks and a generous pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until the leeks are tender and lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate, spread in an even layer, and let cool briefly.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with 1 tsp. salt and several grinds of pepper. Add the leeks, thyme, and goat cheese and gently stir to combine.
Wipe the skillet clean and heat the remaining 1 Tbs. each butter and olive oil over medium-low heat. When the butter has melted, add the egg mixture and gently shake the pan to evenly distribute the leeks and cheese. Cook until the eggs begin to set around the edges, about 5 minutes. Gently shake the pan to be sure the frittata isn’t sticking (if necessary, slide a spatula around the perimeter to release it). Transfer the pan to the oven and continue to cook until the frittata is set in the center, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 2 minutes. Carefully slide the frittata onto a serving plate, cut into wedges, and serve warm or at room temperature.
Serve with a simple garden lettuce salad and thinly sliced prosciutto or Serrano ham on the side.
nutrition information (per serving):
photo: Scott Phillips
From Fine Cooking 119
, pp. 12
August 30, 2012