Recipe: Lemon Frittata with Leeks and Goat Cheese

Lemon? In a savory egg dish? Why yes - it works beautifully here. In fact, we find the flavor of the lemon to be so nice that we didn't mind the absence of butter and meat in this quick frittata.
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A frittata is a great make-ahead breakfast. You can cut it into squares or wedges and grab it on the go. We've kept them in the fridge as long as five or six days, nibbling away, and it works great. We did find that the lemon flavor in this particular recipe faded a bit after the third day, so it's best to eat it a little quicker.
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Lemon Frittata with Leeks and Goat Cheese
makes 1 10-inch frittata

7 eggs
1 Meyer lemon, zested
3 ounces goat cheese
Olive oil
2 large leeks, cut lengthwise and rinsed
1/3 cup Italian parsley, chopped
Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Pre-heat the broiler. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until slightly bubbly and well-mixed, then stir in the lemon zest. Crumble in the goat cheese.

Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. It can be cast iron or another metal; just make sure it can go in the oven. Trim the leeks of any dry or browned edges on the green tops, then slice the remaining stalk into half moons. Toss everything into the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, for about ten minutes or until the leeks are softened. Stir in the parsley and cook just until wilted. Remove from the heat and add salt and pepper to taste. Let cool for just a minute or two, then pour the cooked leeks into the bowl with the eggs and stir.

Put the skillet back on the heat and film lightly with just a bit more olive oil. Pour the egg and leek mixture in and cook over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until the frittata has mostly set. Use a spatula to lift up the edges and make sure it's cooking evenly, letting the uncooked eggs run down into the bottom of the pan.

When the frittata has set, put under the broiler for 3-5 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and slightly puffy. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Flip out onto a platter and serve immediately.

Related: Recipe Review: Zucchini-Potato Frittata

(Images: Faith Durand)

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