Spring Leek Frittata

Spring Frittata With Leeks and Herbs
Molly Watson
Ratings (7)
  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: Makes 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
200 Calories
11g Fat
14g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Makes 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 200
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 288mg 96%
Sodium 509mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 11g
Calcium 74mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

There are two keys to this tasty egg dish: first, using the green parts of the leeks and then cooking them long enough to make them tender, and second, using plenty of fresh, vibrant spring herbs. Any single herb is good, of course, but a mix of chervil, dill, a bit of mint, and parsley is my favorite.

Serve this frittata for brunch with a side of bacon and some fresh pastries or as a simple supper with a green salad and crusty bread. Best of all, you can cook it ahead and serve it at room temperature, making it ideal for a brunch buffet (did anyone else think "Easter brunch"?) or a busy night with different dinner times. 

Ingredients

  • 2 small leeks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt (divided)
  • 1 large potato
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped spring herbs (a mix of mint, dill, and parsley is particularly tasty)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Trim the leeks, cut them in half lengthwise, and thinly slice. Go ahead and use the darker green parts as long as they aren't dried out. Put the leeks in a colander and rinse under cold running water to remove any dirt or grit.

  3. In a large frying pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the leeks, including any water clinging to them, and add 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Cook, covered, stirring now and again, until the leeks are very tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, peel and grate the potato into a medium saucepan, cover with water and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Adjust the heat to maintain a steady simmer and cook until the potato is just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool off. Working in a small handful at a time, squeeze the potato dry. 

  5. Put the eggs in a large bowl and whisk until completely blended. Add the potatoes, leeks, and herbs. Stir to combine.

  6. Heat an oven-safe 10-inch frying pan over medium-high heat. Coat with spray oil. Pour in the frittata mixture, using a spoon or spatula to even out the top. Cook for a few minutes until the edges are set. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the frittata is set except just in the center.

  7. Heat a broiler and slip the pan under it. Cook until the top of the frittata is set and starting to brown.

  8. Turn the frittata out onto a serving platter. Let cool slightly, slice, and serve warm or at room temperature (leftovers are pretty darn good cold, too!).