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Monday, January 10, 2011

Potato-Leek Frittata

Frittata is an egg-based dish similar to an omelette or quiche.  This versatile frittata recipe can be made for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or makes a great snack. It can be served warm or room temperature.  It's made with leeks, a vegetable with a flavor similar to onion, but much milder.  If you don't have or don't want to use leeks, you could substitute chopped onion.  If you do use leeks, be sure to use the white and light green part only, slice it, and give it a good rinse in a bowl of cool water to loosen any sand that may be hiding between the layers.

I found this recipe in the Jan/Feb issue of Everyday Food, and even though it was written as a "lightened up" recipe, I lightened it even more by reducing the number of whole eggs and using fat free ricotta cheese.  By doing these simple substitutions, I reduced the points plus value from 6 points+ to 3 points+!  This recipe is easy and delicious, and if you don't own a nonstick skillet with a ovenproof handle, just wrap the handle in foil, before putting it into the oven.( I am submitting this "tip" to Around My Family Table's Tip Day Thursday)



Potato-Leek Frittata adapted from Everyday Food

Servings - 6   Serving size - 1/6th of frittata   Points Plus per serving - 3 points+
Calories - 108.9,  Total Fat - 3.5g,  Carb. - 10.3g,   Protein - 10g,   Fiber - 1g

Cooking spray ( I used olive oil from my misto)
1 leek ( white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise and rinsed well, and thinly sliced, 1 cup)
2 cups of frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
4 large eggs
4 egg whites
1/2 cup fat free ricotta cheese
salt and pepper, to taste

1.  Spray a 10 inch non stick pan with cooking spray and heat on med.  Add leeks and potatoes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Saute about 5 - 7 minutes to soften leeks and warm potatoes, stirring frequently.  ( if you notice the mixture starting to brown too much, add a bit of water to finish saute).  
2.  If handle of skillet is not ovenproof, wrap in aluminum foil.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

3.  In a med bowl, mix eggs and ricotta cheese.  Add salt and pepper as desired to egg mixture.

4.  Pour egg mixture evenly over the sauteed potato leek mixture, and allow to cook on stove top, undisturbed, until edges are set, about 2 minutes.  Transfer skillet to oven and bake until top of frittata is just set, 10 - 13 minutes.  ( The frittata will appear to be mostly liquid on top when you transfer it to the oven, but as long as the edges are set, the eggs will finish cooking evenly.)
5.  Invert frittata onto a platter and cut into 6 wedges.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

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5 comments:

  1. Great idea to put in fat free ricotta!! I bet this was DELICIOUS!!!! Frittatas are SOOOO good!!! Have a great week!

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  2. I am on an egg kick right now and I love the idea of eggs + ricotta! This would make a perfect "brinner". Book mark ;) And thank you for your sweet comment on my blog!

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  3. That looks delish. I just started the points plus last week and I go in for my first weigh in tonight. EEK. Can't wait to try this with my roommate. We are doing points plus together. Thanks!

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  4. @ Danielle...good luck! how great is it that you have someone to do this program with? :)

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  5. YUM YUM YUM! I need to try this recipe out.

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