Christmas Ham / Leek / Shiitake / Chanterelle / Gruyere / Frittata

The best part about the holidays is the leftovers. Here’s a little something I whipped up with what I had languishing in my fridge.  Frittatas can be made in a countless variety of ways, so I grab whatever leftovers you have and get cracking with your own version.



1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

2 medium leeks, whites and pale green parts only, chopped

8 ounces of a mix of Shiitake and chanterelle mushrooms, thinly sliced

1 cup Christmas breakfast ham, chopped

12 large eggs

½ cup heavy whipping cream

¾ cup shredded Gruyere cheese, divided

Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

The How To

Place a rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 325°. Heat oil and butter in cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add leeks and ham; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and ham; cook, stirring often, until mushrooms are softened and all liquid has evaporated, 8-10 minutes. Ham should also be nice and browned by this time as well.

Meanwhile, whisk eggs, whipping cream, in a large bowl; mix in ½ cup cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Increase the heat to medium-high and add a drizzle of oil to the skillet. Pour in the egg mixture over the contents, shaking the pan to evenly distribute mixture. Cook the frittata, without stirring, until its edges begin to set, about 5 minutes.

Transfer skillet to oven. Bake frittata until golden brown and center is set, about 20 minutes I’d say but keep an eye on it. At this point, crank the oven up to high broil and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Leave in for another 2-5 minutes to melt and brown the cheese.