Artichoke Leek Frittata

Print

Frittatas, as simple as they seem, can be a challenge to pull off well. The secret to a perfect frittata, or almost any egg dish for that matter, is slow cooking. A frittata should be firm enough to have structure, while at the same time, tender to the bite. If you cook the egg mixture too fast, the result will be dry, crumbly, and off-tasting.

The simple pantry ingredient that will help make your frittata wonderfully tender, while still respecting the structure of the eggs? Cottage cheese. Not fan? No worries. The cottage cheese will melt into the surrounding eggs and other ingredients, and just make it all taste good.

Here’s a fritta perfect for spring, with fresh chopped leeks and artichoke hearts, Parmesan and cottage cheeses, and seasoned with tarragon. Enjoy!

Artichoke Leek Frittata Recipe

Print
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups sliced, cleaned leeks, white and light green parts only  (sliced in half lengthwise, then sliced crosswise, about 1/4-inch thick slices) (see How to Clean Leeks)
  • 4 ounces frozen artichoke hearts, thawed, sliced into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon (can sub 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh tarragon, or dried herbes de Provence or dried thyme)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) small curd cottage cheese (can use ricotta if you prefer)
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour (omit for gluten-free version)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh chopped chives or parsley for garnish

Method

artichoke-leel-frittata-1 artichoke-leel-frittata-2

1 In an 8 to 9-inch oven-proof stick-free pan (like hard anodized aluminum with stainless handle) or well seasoned cast-iron pan, melt butter on medium heat. Add the sliced leeks and gently cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Once the leeks are cooked through and softened, add the artichoke hearts, tarragon, and salt. Cook until the artichoke hearts are warmed through, then remove from pan to a bowl and set aside.

artichoke-leel-frittata-3

2 In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and the cottage cheese. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, Parmesan, and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and whisk. Stir the artichokes and leeks into the egg  mixture. Note that the color of the mixture may change, don't worry if this happens, it will go back to normal when cooked.

artichoke-leel-frittata-4 artichoke-leel-frittata-5

3 Wipe out the pan with a paper towel. Then melt another tablespoon of butter into the pan on medium heat, and swirl along the bottom and sides to coat well. Pour the egg mixture into the pan, swirling to make sure the artichokes and leeks are evenly distributed. Lower the heat. Cover the pan, slowly cook on the stove top for 12 to 15 minutes, until all but the center has set. You'll need to check every few minutes. The heat should be high enough to set the mixture, but low enough so that the edges don't brown. This frittata benefits from slow, gentle cooking.

artichoke-leel-frittata-6 artichoke-leel-frittata-7

4 Place rack in upper third of oven. Preheat the broiler. When the frittata is mostly set, except for the center which is still wiggly, place the pan in the oven. Broil for 3 to 4 minutes until the top is lightly browned and the center has set.

5 Remove pan from oven. (Be careful about the hot handle! Use a pot holder. I like to run an ice cube over the handle to to be extra safe.) Use a blunt knife or a metal spatula to loosen the edges of the frittata from the pan. Gently insert the spatula under the frittata to loosen it from the bottom of the pan. Then gently slide the frittata onto a serving plate.

Garnish with chives or parsley to serve.

Hello! All photos and content are copyright protected. Please do not use our photos without prior written permission. If you wish to republish this recipe, please rewrite the recipe in your own unique words and link back to Artichoke Leek Frittata on Simply Recipes. Thank you!

Print

If you make this recipe, snap a pic and hashtag it #simplyrecipes — We love to see your creations on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter!

Links:

Slow Cooker Frittata with Artichoke Hearts, Red Pepper, and Feta from Kalyn's Kitchen

Lemon Frittata with Leeks and Goat Cheese from The Kitchn

Prosciutto and Artichoke Quiche from Healthy Delicious

Artichoke Leek Frittata on Simply Recipes

Never miss a recipe!

Subscribe to Simply Recipes free via email:

Showing 4 of 26 Comments

  • Ania

    5 stars. Amazing!

  • Elizabeth

    Can the frittata be made in advance, say the day before?

  • Againstthegrain

    I love making frittatas; I slightly panic when I start using the last dozen eggs (I usually try to keep close to 3 dozen on hand because I rely on eggs so much).

    Frittata are one of my go-to items on “clean out the fridge” night before our next CSA produce box arrives. I also make frittatas when I’m out of time & inspiration, because they take the same amount of time as going out for takeaway or ordering delivery food. Frittata are so good served hot, warm, and room temperature, so they are great for staggered meals when everyone is arriving home at different times, not to mention leftovers are great the next day.

    This might be TMI, but the artichoke & leek combination is a real winner, too, because it combines two great sources of soluble fiber which feeds certain beneficial gut bacteria species found in the colon. Everyone wins!

  • Ashley Crawford

    The frittata was easy and turned out wonderful! Thank you for sharing Elise!

  • Lisa

    I am gluten free and glad to read in the comments that I can leave out the flour. I’m fascinated with the addition of cottage cheese. Can’t wait to try!

View Responses / View More Comments / Leave a Comment