This delicious Ham And Cheese Frittata is perfect for brunch, lunch, or a light dinner. Flavorful and so quick to make, it’ll become your new favorite dish for hosting.
What is a frittata? It’s really just a crustless quiche. However, frittatas are quick & easy, lower in carbs and fat, and high in protein. In our book, that’s a win-win!One of the things we like best about making this egg dish is that it’s an adaptable recipe. Use the ingredients you love most! Plus, you can have this dish on the table in less than 30 minutes.
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Why We Love This Ham And Cheese Frittata
- Complete meal in one dish.
You can enjoy dairy, veggies, meat, and even carbs in this all-in-one meal! So satisfying and super convenient for feeding a crowd.
- Versatile recipe.
You can use leftover ingredients or add any seasonings/herbs you have on hand. Try different flavor combinations, like bacon and cheddar, or sweet potato and kale.
- Quick and easy prep.
From start to plating, this dish takes less than 30 minutes. It’s perfect for feeding a hungry family first thing in the morning and the recipe is simple to follow.
Ingredients Notes And Substitutions
- Whole milk – best variety for a creamy egg dish
- Onion – finely chop to mix well into the dish
- Ham – can use leftovers here (or any cooked and diced protein)
- Monterey Jack Cheese – freshly shredded is best
Ham Frittata – Tips For Success
- Beat egg mixture until you have a consistent, all-yellow color.
This will ensure that your frittata is evenly mixed.
- Sauté the vegetables until the bell peppers are soft and the onions are translucent.
At this point, they are cooked down enough to mix with the rest of the ingredients.
- Add a layer of diced ham and cheese evenly over the eggs.
The ingredients should be well spread over the entire dish.
- Bake until the center of the frittata is just set.
If it jiggles a bit, that’s fine. The dish will bake for about 10-12 minutes.
- Allow frittata to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
This gives the frittata time to settle and makes it easier to cut.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Whole milk helps make this Ham and Cheese Frittata extra fluffy. You could also use half-and-half or cream.
A well seasoned cast-iron skillet is good for cooking just about anything and it is oven safe. If you don’t have one, you can make a frittata with any oven-safe skillet, prepped with nonstick spray.
Full-fat dairy is crucial to a fluffy frittata. Fat-free milk or cheese (or worse, water) will leave your dish flat and flavorless, so use whole milk to make a rich and firm egg breakfast.
Recipe Variations For This Baked Frittata Recipe
- Use half-and-half or cream in place of the milk.
- Use any type of cheese that you like. Cheddar, Swiss, and goat cheese would all be delicious.
- Use a different protein. Pieces of smoked salmon or smoked pork tenderloin would also be delicious for a holiday brunch.
- You could also add in some chopped herbs, such as parsley, basil, or chives. If you want a little bit of a kick, you could add in some red pepper flakes.
- If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, you could omit the ham and use vegetable broth in place of the milk.
- If you’re in the mood for a sweet frittata, you could add some chopped fruit, such as bananas, strawberries, or blueberries, instead of veggies and cheese. You could also add a little bit of honey or real maple syrup to the egg mixture.
What To Serve With A Ham Frittata
This Ham and Cheese breakfast is a complete meal in one dish. But, if you want to round out the meal, you could serve it with a salad, fresh homemade bread, or biscuits like our Easy 3 Ingredient Biscuits or Easy Drop Biscuits.
If you’re putting together a brunch table, add this Tex Mex Bisquick Breakfast Casserole for another egg dish with tons of flavor.
How To Store And Reheat
You can store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just place them in an airtight container. To reheat, you can microwave them for 30-60 seconds, or heat them in a 350°F oven until warmed through.
You can also freeze this Ham and Cheese Frittata. Just place it in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to eat it, thaw it overnight in the fridge. Then reheat it according to the instructions above.
Ham and Cheese Frittata
- 6 eggs
- ½ cup whole milk
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 bell pepper chopped
- 4 ounces ham diced, or other cooked and diced protein
- 4 ounces Monterey jack cheese freshly shredded (1 cup shredded)
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Crack eggs into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add milk, salt, and pepper, and whisk well to thoroughly combine. Set aside.
- Heat oil in an oven-safe, 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, add onions to the skillet and sauté for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, until the onions are translucent.
- Next, add bell pepper and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Using the back of the spoon or spatula, spread the vegetables into an even layer in the bottom of the pan.
- Pour the egg mixture over the cooked vegetables, add diced ham evenly over the eggs, then sprinkle cheese evenly over the top.
- Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the center of the frittata is just set (may jiggle a bit). Let cool for 10 minutes, then cut into wedges and serve.