Breakfast, Gluten Free, Spring

LEEK AND SPINACH FRITTATA

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My grandma, more formally known as 'Memaw', has been very supportive of my cooking endeavors. She doesn't like to cook, but she does read homey magazines and frequently rips out recipes with pretty pictures and passes them on to me. I wish I could do justice to how excited she was about her recent gem, as she told me she found a recipe for an 'egg pizza'. It took me awhile to figure out what she was describing, as she is not quite fluent in food vernacular. I came up with my own version for my sweet grandma who is so easily impressed. Whether you are an old friend to the frittata, or believe this is a pizza, it's tasty.

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I have shared with you how I love breakfast, love eggs in particular and this recipe is no exception. I'm not one for pie crust, so I find this more intriguing than quiche. It is an economical option because you really can throw any vegetable into the eggs and it works. Kind of... use your better judgement carrot or beet lovers.

LEEK AND SPINACH FRITTATA // Serves 6

I like to use more whites to make it a bit lighter, if you like a richer egg dish, use 10 whole eggs.

2 Whole Eggs

10 Egg Whites

1/3 Cup Milk

2 Leeks, White and Light Green Parts, Thinly Sliced

1 tbsp. Butter

1 Cup Fresh Steamed Spinach

¾ Cup Shredded Cheese (I used Goat’s Milk Gouda)

2 tsp. Hot Sauce (Tapatio, Chalua etc)

1 Cup Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Halved

Fresh Basil

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Salt and Pepper to Taste

Preheat oven to 500’

1. Warm the butter in a saucepan (preferably non stick) on medium heat, add the sliced leeks and sauté until they begin to caramelize, about 10 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, egg whites, hot sauce and milk. Incorporate some air and break them up, whisk about 4 minutes, yes, your arm will start to hurt. Add a good pinch of salt and pepper.

3. Squeeze as much water possible out of the steamed spinach, give it a rough chop, and squeeze again.

4. Distribute the leeks in the pan, as this will be your frittata base. Turn the heat back to medium and pour the egg mixture on top. Scatter in the chopped spinach and the shredded cheese and allow the mix to sit for a minute. Use a spatula to lift up the sides.

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5. As it starts to firm up, lay your tomatoes on the top, cut side up. Put the entire pan into the oven on the top rack. Let it bake for about 8 minutes and check. It should be set, but still have a little give when you push on the middle. Remove and let it cool a bit before serving. Goes well with some fresh chopped basil and a dollop of greek yogurt.