Puffy Ramp Frittata

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Note: Young scallions can be used in place of the ramps.

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Puffy Ramp Frittata

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:20 minutes
Special equipment:8-inch cast iron or non-stick skillet
This recipe appears in: Ramp Week: How To Make Ramp Frittatas


  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, tarragon, chives, or a mix
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 16 ramps, washed, whites sliced thinly, greens cut into 2-inch segments (see note above)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. 1

    Adjust rack to 8 inches below broiler element and preheat broiler to high. Combine egg yolks, 3 egg whites, and the herbs in large bowl and whisk until homoegnous and frothy. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a 10-inch non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until foaming subsides. Add ramps, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add to bowl with eggs and set aside. Wipe out skillet.

  2. 2

    Whisk egg whites in a large bowl until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Fold egg whites into beaten egg and ramp mixture. It's ok if it deflates significantly. Fold until a homogenous color is achieved. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. 3

    Heat remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the same skillet over medium-high heat until foaming subsides, swirling the pan as the butter melts. Add egg mixture and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula and scraping the bottom and sides until partially set, about 30 seconds. Smooth top with spatula, then transfer to the broiler.

  4. 4

    Broil until lightly puffed and golden brown on top, about 4 minutes. Carefully loosen frittata with a thin metal spatula until it moves freely in the skillet. Invert onto a serving plate or cutting board.

  5. 5

    Slice frittata and serve immediately.


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