Ham and Cheese Frittata (Easy Crowd Pleaser)

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by Sil Pancho

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01.11.2022


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This flavorful ham and cheese frittata is the perfect breakfast or brunch dish to bring to a brunch party. It’s also great for meal prep. Make it this weekend and enjoy it for breakfast all week.

Overhead close up of ham and cheese frittata in a cast iron skillet.

This ham and cheese frittata is a great easy breakfast or brunch dish to feed a family or take to a brunch potluck. It really takes very little effort and has a ton of flavor. We love to make this on the weekends to enjoy all week. It’s so nice to have something ready to go for busy mornings. It heats well in the microwave too. If you plan on using it for meal prep, save the garnish to add when it’s served. It’s just as delicious without the garnish as well.

This is the first time I am sharing a recipe for frittata, but I have shared a couple of quiche recipes like this leek and mushroom quiche and this quiche provencale. Both are vegetarian. I have also shared a few breakfast casseroles over the years like this overnight sausage breakfast casserole, green chile breakfast casserole, triple cheese breakfast casserole, and mushroom breakfast casserole. These would all make great options for feeding a family, taking to a potluck, or making ahead for meal prep.

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❤️ Reasons to Love This Recipe

  • It’s easy. This recipe does not require a bunch of complicated steps.
  • It’s simple. No need for a long list of fancy ingredients.
  • It’s flavorful. The addition of thyme, chopped onion, and Swiss cheese really make this frittata sing.
  • It doesn’t require any fancy equipment. If you have an ovenproof skillet, that’s really all you need to make this dish. Our instructions do include a blender, but we use it for convenience. A bowl and a whisk will do the job nicely as well.
  • As mentioned above, it’s make ahead friendly and feeds a crowd.
  • It’s low carb. If you’re on a keto or low carb diet, this frittata is perfect for you.
  • It’s high protein. Protein is key for providing the energy you need to start the day.

🧾 Ingredients

Ham and cheese frittata ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • ¼ small yellow onion. Chopped. About ½ cup chopped onion. You can substitute white onion.
  • 8 ounces smoked ham. Cubed. Canadian bacon will work as well.
  • 8 large eggs.
  • ¼ cup milk. Whole, 2% or 1%. You can also use heavy cream.
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme. You can substitute 1 teaspoon dried. We think fresh is best though.
  • Salt and pepper. To taste.
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese. Freshly grated.
  • Arugula. Used as garnish.
  • Olive oil. Used for dressing arugula.
  • Salt and pepper. Used for dressing arugula.

📝 Instructions

Overhead view of chopped onion cooking in a skillet.
In an ovenproof skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes.
Overhead view of chopped onion and cubed ham in a cast iron skillet
Add the ham and spread into an even layer. Remove skillet from heat and set aside.
Overhead view of eggs, milk, thyme, salt and pepper in a blender.
Add eggs, thyme, milk, salt, and pepper to a blender and blend until frothy about 30 seconds. You can also add these ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk briskly.
Overhead view of blended ingredients and grated Swiss cheese in a blender.
Add ½ cup of the cheese and blend on low until cheese is incorporated, about 10 seconds, or whisk into bowl with egg mixture if using that method.
Overhead view of egg mixture being poured from a blender over ham and onion in a cast iron skillet.
Return skillet to medium heat and pour egg mixture over ham and onions. Cook without stirring for 5-8 minutes.
Overhead view of partially cooked frittata topped with grated cheese in a cast iron skillet.
Place the skillet in the oven under broiler on high. Broil until eggs are mostly set, about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top, and broil until cheese is melted, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Overhead view of arugula, oil, salt, and pepper in a small glass bowl.
Toss arugula with oil, salt, and pepper.
Front view of arugula being placed on top of frittata.
Lay over the top of warm frittata. Cut into wedges and serve warm.

🍳 Equipment

We tested this recipe using an electric range. You may need to adjust time and/or temperature if using a different method like gas.

Slice of ham frittata topped with arugula on a dark grey plate with two forks.

ℹ️ Substitutions

💡 Variations

  • Spicy – add ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes and substitute crumbled cooked chorizo for the ham to add some spice to this dish.
  • Deluxe – add some cooked breakfast potatoes into the skillet with the ham and onions for a heartier version.

🌡️ Storage

Store any leftover frittata in an airtight container or wrapped in foil in your fridge up to 5 days. I don’t recommend freezing it.

💭 Top tips

  • After adding eggs to the skillet, do not turn the heat any higher than medium so the eggs do not char. Gentle heat is best. After transferring it to the oven, keep a close eye on it so that it doesn’t burn. You just want the cheese to melt and the eggs to just set.
  • To make things easier in the morning, prepare the onion, ham, cheese, and thyme the night before.
  • Use freshly-grated cheese, rather than pre-grated cheese. It will melt better.
  • Fresh thyme really makes this frittata taste wonderful. I prefer it to dried thyme.

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📖 Recipe

Overhead close up of ham and cheese frittata in a cast iron skillet.

Ham and Cheese Frittata

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This flavorful ham and cheese frittata is the perfect breakfast or brunch dish to bring to a brunch party. It’s also great for meal prep. Make it this weekend and enjoy it for breakfast all week.

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 25 mins

Total Time 40 mins

Course Breakfast, Brunch

Cuisine Italian

Servings 8 servings

Calories 157 kcal

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Ingredients 

 

Instructions 

  • In an ovenproof skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

    1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes

    ¼ small yellow onion

  • Add the ham and spread into an even layer. Remove skillet from heat and set aside.

    8 ounces smoked ham steaks

  • Add eggs, thyme, milk, salt, and pepper to a blender and blend until frothy about 30 seconds. You can also add these ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk briskly.

    8 large eggs, ¼ cup milk, 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, salt and pepper

  • Add ½ cup of the cheese and blend on low until cheese is incorporated, about 10 seconds, or whisk into bowl with egg mixture if using that method.

    1 cup Swiss cheese

  • Return skillet to medium heat and pour egg mixture over ham and onions. Cook without stirring for 5-8 minutes.

  • Place the skillet in the oven under broiler on high. Broil until eggs are mostly set, about 8 minutes.

  • Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top, and broil until cheese is melted, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

  • Toss arugula with oil, salt, and pepper. Lay over the top of warm frittata. Cut into wedges and serve warm.

    arugula, olive oil, salt and pepper

Notes

  • After adding eggs to the skillet, do not turn the heat any higher than medium so the eggs do not char. Gentle heat is best. After transferring it to the oven, keep a close eye on it so that it doesn’t burn. You just want the cheese to melt and the eggs to set.
  • To make things easier in the morning, prepare the onion, ham, cheese, and thyme the night before.
  • Use freshly-grated cheese, rather than pre-grated cheese. It will melt better.
  • Fresh thyme really makes this frittata taste wonderful. I prefer it to dried thyme.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 157kcal (8%)Carbohydrates: 2g (1%)Protein: 15g (30%)Fat: 10g (15%)Saturated Fat: 4g (25%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 213mg (71%)Sodium: 444mg (19%)Potassium: 172mg (5%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 418IU (8%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 149mg (15%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

Nutritional information provided is for one serving and is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Total Servings 8 servings

Food safety

  • Cook to a minimum temperature of 160 °F (74 °C).
  • Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat.
  • Wash hands after touching raw meat.
  • Don’t leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove

See more guidelines at USDA.gov.



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