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
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
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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