Classic Ham and Leek Frittata
A frittata is a classic Italian egg dish, similar to a French omelette or a quiche, which is typically enriched with meats, cheeses, and vegetables, and usually flavored with herbs. I love them. They are great for any meal of the day, hot or cold, and are the perfect brunch meal. There are an endless amount of frittata recipes, as they can be made out of any concoction of ingredients you can come up with. And I will admit, I've made better-tasting versions than this classic recipe I'm sharing today. But being a classic, I wanted to post this as an introduction to the delicious world of frittatas. Make it. It's good. And then build upon its basics to create your own delicious frittatas. Once you start, you will become addicted to them much like I am. Happy cooking… Enjoy!
*Note: Two-percent milk will also work.
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- One 6-ounce Yukon Gold potato, diced
- 6 large eggs
- 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/8 Teaspoon black pepper
- 1 Teaspoon chopped thyme
- 1/2 Cup milk, preferably whole milk*
- 1 leek, white and light green parts only, chopped
- 3 Ounces ham, chopped
- 3 Ounces mixed grated aged cheese, such as 1/2 Gruyère and 1/2 Irish white Cheddar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Heat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat until medium hot. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the butter and melt until bubbling, swirling to coat the pan. Add the diced potato and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly browned.
Meanwhile, crack the eggs into a mixing bowl and beat with a whisk until the yolks are completely incorporated into the whites. Beat them longer than you would normal scrambled eggs, so as to incorporate more air into them. (The air helps the frittata to bake up light and fluffy.)
Add the salt, pepper, thyme, and milk, and beat again until smooth and lightly frothy.
Once the potatoes are browned, add the leek and ham, and sauté for several minutes, stirring occasionally, until the leek is soft. Remove from the heat and add the beaten eggs on top of the potatoes, leek, and ham.
Top evenly with the grated cheese, then place the skillet in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve in sliced wedges with any garnish and/or accompaniment you would like (such as herbs, beans, sour cream, fruit, toast, crackers and jam, etc.).