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Leek, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Frittata

Why this recipe works:

We wanted a frittata recipe big enough to make a substantial meal for six to eight people, with a pleasing balance of egg to filling, firm yet moist eggs, and a supportive browned crust. Given the large number of eggs in our frittata recipe, we had to speed up the time the frittata spent on the stovetop so the bottom wouldn’t scorch by the time the eggs were properly cooked.

We solved the problem by starting the eggs on medium heat and stirring them so they would cook quickly yet evenly. With the eggs still on the wet side, we slid the skillet under the broiler until the top had puffed and browned, but removed it while the eggs in the center were still slightly wet and runny, allowing the residual heat to finish the cooking.

An ovensafe nonstick 12-inch skillet is a must for this recipe. Because broilers vary so much in intensity, watch the frittata carefully as it cooks.

12 large eggs
3 tablespoons half-and-half
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 small leeks , white and light green parts halved lengthwise, washed, and sliced thin (about 3 cups)
3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto , cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
4 ounces goat cheese , crumbled (about 1/2 cup)


1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position, about 5 inches from heating element; heat broiler. Whisk eggs, half-and-half, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in medium bowl until well combined, about 30 seconds. Set eggs aside.

2. Heat butter in 12-inch nonstick ovensafe skillet over medium heat until foaming subsides. Add leeks and 1/4 teaspoon salt; reduce heat to low and cook covered, stirring occasionally, until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir prosciutto, basil, and half of goat cheese into eggs; add egg mixture to skillet and cook, using spatula to stir and scrape bottom of skillet, until large curds form and spatula begins to leave wake but eggs are still very wet, about 2 minutes. Shake skillet to distribute eggs evenly; cook without stirring for 30 seconds to let bottom set.

3. Distribute remaining goat cheese evenly over frittata. Slide skillet under broiler and broil until frittata has risen and surface is puffed and spotty brown, 3 to 4 minutes; when cut into with paring knife, eggs should be slightly wet and runny. Remove skillet from oven and let stand 5 minutes to finish cooking; using spatula, loosen frittata from skillet and slide onto platter or cutting board. Cut into wedges and serve.


Three Steps to Cooking a Thick Frittata

On the Stovetop: 1. Start frittata on stovetop, stirring eggs as they set.

On a Cooking Rack: 3. Once top browns, move skillet to cooling rack, where residual heat gently completes cooking center of frittata.

Under the Broiler: 2. When eggs form large curds but top is still wet, slide skillet under broiler