Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Frittata with Spring Herbs and Leeks



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I so look forward to the opening of our Saturday Market and farm stands. Their first offerings are paltry and pretty much limited to root vegetables, but the color and attractive displays really get my blood running and my mind spinning with thoughts of what's to come. It also adds an interesting dimension to our Saturday morning and offers the opportunity to visit with friends and acquaintances who have been hibernating for the winter. My first purchases are small. A peek in my basket would show carrots, white turnips, mushrooms, some fresh herbs and leeks. The leeks are spectacular. They are long and narrow, the kind you know will be sweet and add great flavor to any meal. I took one look at them and immediately started menu planning. I decided to make a frittata that uses both leeks and spring herbs. This is an extremely flavorful dish and I think those of you who enjoy robustly flavored food will love this. It's a great dish for brunch or a light supper and it's also very easy to do. Here's the recipe I use for a lovely spring frittata.

Frittata with Spring Herbs and Leeks
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Willama-Sonoma

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter
4 cups thinly sliced leeks, white and tender green
Salt and pepper to taste
6 large eggs
1/2 cup mixed minced parsley, basil and mint
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1) Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add leaks, season with salt and pepper, and saute until softened, about 15 minutes.
2) Beat eggs in a large bowl. Whisk in herbs, cheese and a pinch of salt. Pour into skillet, stirring quickly to distribute leeks evenly. Reduce heat to low and cook very slowly until sides of eggs are set but center is still a bit moist, about 15 minutes.
3) Preheat broiler. When eggs are set, place skillet under broiler several inches from heat source and broil until top is lightly colored and center firm, about 1 minute. Slide frittata onto a board or serving plate. Cut into wedges. Serve warm. Yield: 4 servings.

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62 comments:

Kamalika said...

That looks delicious and perfect...thanks for sharing the nice and lovely dish....

Cottage Sisters said...

This looks wonderful...thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day! Denise@cottagesisters

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Farmers Markets are a wonderful day out. Fantastic frittata. Love me some leeks. You really cannot go wrong with leeks. Cheers!

Jaynie said...

What a pretty dish, wonderful for brunch.

Danielle said...

what a fantastic dish! I havent been to our farmers market in a long time....I think it's time to visit. If for nothing else...just to get some fresh herbs

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Mary I am up way past my bedtime and a little hungry. Can you guess what I am having for breakfast. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!
Yvonne

Sushma Mallya said...

wow what a perfect looking dish, looks so beautiful, would love to try this one...

Cherine said...

I am a frittata fan. Yours looks awesome!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Beautiful! I love farmers markets and usually go crazy considering I am the only one who LOVES veggies around here.

Lucie said...

Leek quiche is one of my favorite quick recipes--your frittata is definitely appealing to me, Mary!

Lady Ren said...

I finally bought a proper iron skillet and love cooking veggie packed frittata- so easy and yummy to make.
Farmers Markets are a great way to guide you to your meal.

Debinhawaii said...

So beautiful and spring-like, I love all the herbs.

Ana Powell said...

Lovely wedges of frittata with spring herbs and leeks.
Awesome x

3 hungry tummies said...

Another beautiful light meal that sings 'spring'
Always a joy to visit!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This looks wonderful, I will certainly try this once my leeks are big enough. My husband will really enjoy this recipe - I know his taste well by now. LOL Diane

My Little Space said...

What a wonderful green & yellow! It's sunny spring! Love it simple. Have a great day.
Blessings, Kristy
p/s hug & kisses from me to your grandson! He's such a chubby. How I wish I could pinch on his little cheek! haha...

MaryMoh said...

Beautiful colour. Love the ingredients. It must be very delicious. Looks so simple to make too. Thanks for sharing, Mary.

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Truly a fritata for spring, aint the vibrancy of the colors so inviting?

Carol at Serendipity said...

I love to make frittatas. They are just a splendid dinner. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Carol

Susan said...

Perfect flavors and it looks so srping-like. Now, every week, the farmers' market will be growing and expanding. Just love it!!!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

You know how to make a fabulous frittata. Yea for farmer's markets.

Martha said...

Our favorite Farmer's market breakfast is a frittata with the offerings of the market baked in a LeCreuset skillet used just for that frittata!!! Yours looks wonderful! (And may have inspired breakfast this morning!)

taylor (greens and chocolate) said...

I have been loving leeks lately...this looks delicious!

Sandi said...

that looks great....very springy....LOL!!!

Have a great day. :o)

Simply Life said...

I've never made a frittata but definitely enjoy eating them - I should try this! Thanks!

Kim said...

Mary - I share your passion for the Saturday Farmer's Market. I love to wake up early and browse the stalls. It is quite literally one of my very favorite things to do and the kiddos love it too. You chose a wonderful recipe for your leeks and I'm sure the flavor of them really shined through in this frittata. I wish you many happy Saturdays at the market!

Debbi Smith said...

Very simple and pretty! I love it!

Federica said...

la frittata è uno dei miei piatti preferiti!! Qui mi prendi per la gola!!!bravissima!!! ciao!

Allie and Pattie said...

I makeason!
xoxo Pattie frittatas at least 2-3 times a week- one of my favorite lunches! I LOVE farmer's market se

Kalyn said...

Your frittata looks great. I always love spring when there are fresh herbs again!

Louis la Vache said...

Now this is a frittata «Louis» could really get to like!

Joe Ambrosino said...

Lovely, Mary. Frittata is a favorite of mine, though I tend to use it more to use up leftovers. Though many call for cooking the frittata slowly to set the bottom, then flipping it, you use the same method as I, namely finishing it under the broiler or toaster oven. I also love it cold or room temp which I think, brings out the flavor of the cheese. When I was teaching, I would take a wedge wrapped up for lunch.

Valérie said...

This looks nice and fresh and tasty!

The Teacher Cooks said...

Everyone seems to be preparing frittatas or tarts this week. I am making one tonight with vegetables received from my CSA box. Yours looks delicious!

Claudia said...

Now that's a frittata! Welcome spring! Welcome Farmer's Market!

Gulmohar said...

How I wish I could have a bite :D Looks terrific...so pretty

laura said...

My tart and your frittata could be friends with all their egg, leek, cheese and fresh herb commonalities! As for markets, I am a fan in how they go beyond just fresh produce (which is wonderful) by also building community (like you mentioned) and serving local economies. Lovely blog - I will keep checking in. (:

ellie said...

Oh wow- that just epitomises that spring has sprung- the colours are so appealing and it looks so yummy!

Thanks for the recipe, i shall add it to my ever growing folder of recipes i 'have' to make!

Joanne said...

That frittata looks like a celebration of spring! I don't think it could get any better.

Farmer's markets are my favorite part of Saturday morning!

Bob said...

Love it! Leeks and eggs are a good time. I have a farmers market opening up soon too, I'm wicked excited.

scrambledhenfruit said...

What a wonderful light spring luncheon dish! I would have never thought to add mint- I'll bet it's delicious! Thanks,Betty

Rachel Cotterill said...

This sounds like a great combination of herbs... I haven't thought of stirring fresh herbs into a frittata but I will now!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a gorgeous frittata Mary. It would be a winner in our house.
Sam

Jane said...

Hi Mary!
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a nice comment on my blog www.makeaheadmealsforbusymoms.blogspot.com.

Your recipes look delicious and your photos are gorgeous!

Cathy said...

The herbs in my garden are coming to life and it's so wonderful to be able to pick a handful of chives, parsley and a few springs of thyme and oregano. Signs of wonderful things to come. A frittata is the perfect way to use them.

Jen_from_NJ said...

I cannot wait until my local farmer's markets open for the season! Your frittata is just lovely - perfect for spring!

Pam said...

That's one delicious looking frittata! Love frittatas, they are so easy to make and most everyone enjoys them. I too am so anxious for the farmers markets to open here. Sadly, they do not open until the very end of May. They are the best and your recipe is also!

xinex said...

Perfect recipe so I can use the herbs in my garden. Thanks, Mary!...Christine

The Blonde Duck said...

That sounds amazing! And you're not my loyal subjects. You're my fellow princesses.

JG said...

Your Frittata looks delicious!

Our Farmers' Markets will not be open for a while. Cannot wait for local fresh veggies.

Ann said...

What a lovely and delicious recipe.. thansk you for sharing.

Chef Fresco said...

Ohh this makes me want to go seek out our farmer's market! What a great, spring frittata!

tasteofbeirut said...

Mary
Funny, I don't go for eggs usually but I love frittatas! Especially with leeks and herbs like this! Leeks are such a flavorful and subtle-tasting veggie and of course herbs are splendid to go along.

Diana said...

Mary, we love a good Frittata and this is right up our alley. ;) Our leeks are only 30 days old and coming on slow, but in a couple months we will have some to share.

Lori said...

Mary I just saw one of these in my foodie magazines and I have to say yours looks WAY better. I need a bite of that!

whisk-kid said...

Yummy! This sounds delicious! I wish we had a good market near my house!

♥ Kathy said...

The Farmer's Market is one of my favorite places to go too! Your Frittata looks wonderful!

Elizabeth and Jared said...

I do love a frittata and this looks so good. leek is such a beautiful flavour!

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