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Spinach and Leek Frittata

Serves 8 to 10 as an appetizer

Prep Time
50 mins

Spinach gives a wonderful "green" flavor to this frittata. Cut into diamonds, the fritatta has a light, fluffy texture from ricotta.

Spinach and Leek Frittata

Photo: Lisa Romerein; Styling: William Smith
 1 bag baby spinach (5 or 6 oz.)
 1 large leek (1/2 lb.), white and light green parts only, halved, rinsed well, and sliced
 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
 2 garlic cloves, minced
 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
 8 large eggs
  About 1/2 tsp. salt
 1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  Freshly ground black pepper
Step 1

Fill a bowl with ice water. Stir spinach into a large pot of boiling water, cook 20 seconds, then transfer to ice water. When cool, drain, squeeze dry, and chop.

Step 2

In a 10-in. ovenproof nonstick frying pan over medium heat, cook leek in 1 tbsp. olive oil, stirring often, until very tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add spinach and rosemary; cook briefly, stirring to coat with oil. Remove from heat.

Step 3

Whisk eggs in a bowl. Beat in 1/2 tsp. salt and ricotta. Stir in cooked greens and leek. Add pepper to taste.

Step 4

Preheat broiler. Clean and dry frying pan. Set over medium heat and add remaining oil. When hot, pour in egg mixture; cook, stirring occasionally to distribute cheese and greens, 1 minute. Continue cooking, tilting pan and using a spatula to lift up the frittata's outer edge and let eggs run underneath, until eggs no longer flow easily. Turn heat to low and cover pan. Cook until frittata is almost set, 6 to 10 minutes.

Step 5

Broil frittata about 3 in. from heating element until just beginning to color on top, about 2 minutes; remove from oven. Let sit in pan about 5 minutes, then carefully slide out onto a platter. Allow to cool, then cut into diamonds (about 1 1/2- by 3-in., tip to tip). Add more salt to taste.

Step 6

Make ahead: Up to 1 day, then chill, covered. Bring to room temperature to serve.

Step 7

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 110Calories from Fat 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7.4g12%

Saturated Fat 1.9g10%
Cholesterol 172mg58%
Sodium 215mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 4.5g2%

Dietary Fiber 1.1g5%
Protein 6.8g14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.