Leek-and-Mushroom Grits Frittata

Perfect for brunch or breakfast for dinner, this delicious frittata will please the whole family. To get a head start on dinner, grits a day in advance, and refrigerate. Let them come to room temperature before adding to the egg mixture.

Leek-and-Mushroom Grits Frittata
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 serves


  • 3 cups chicken stock

  • 3/4 cup uncooked regular grits

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 6 ounces cream cheese

  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, finely shredded (about 3⁄4 cup), divided

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 1/2 pound smoked sausage, chopped

  • 12 ounces fresh cremini mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 large leek, white and light green parts only, chopped (1 cup chopped)

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1/3 cup whole milk

  • Fresh thyme leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F with oven rack in middle of oven. Bring stock to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Whisk in grits, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, covered, until grits are thickened and tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Uncover and stir in butter, cream cheese, 1 1⁄2 ounces of the Parmesan, and 1⁄4 teaspoon of the salt until butter and cheese are melted (mixture will be thick). Remove from heat; let stand at room temperature until ready to use.

  2. Cook sausage in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high until browned and crisp on all sides, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Add mushrooms to skillet, and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms begin releasing liquid, 5 to 6 minutes. Add leek, and cook, stirring often, until tender and liquid has been absorbed, about 6 minutes. Sprinkle vegetables with 1⁄4 teaspoon of the salt, and transfer to a medium bowl. Wipe skillet clean.

  3. Whisk together eggs, milk, and remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Stir in grits mixture, vegetables, and sausage. Pour grits-vegetable-sausage mixture into skillet.

  4. Bake in preheated oven until almost set, 15 to 20 minutes. Increase oven temperature to broil. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1⁄2 ounce Parmesan, and broil until top of frittata is slightly golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from oven, and garnish frittata with thyme before serving.

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