Bacon Frittata Recipes

Bacon frittata with assorted Mediterranean vegetables
Bacon frittata with assorted Mediterranean vegetables

What is a Frittata?

A frittata is a substantial type of Italian omelette, made with eggs of course but frequently also with a selection of meats, vegetables and pastas. In many ways, a frittata is similar to a Spanish style omelette or tortilla, though the ingredients are generally more numerous and imaginative. The frittata recipes featured on this page are pretty varied except for the fact that they all contain bacon. The bacon used here is standard North American style bacon (known as smoked streaky bacon in the UK) in the belief that it works best for the purpose. British back bacon or even Italian pancetta can of course be used instead if desired.

Spicy Chicken and Bacon Frittata

Chicken, bacon, mixed pepper and spicy cheese frittata
Chicken, bacon, mixed pepper and spicy cheese frittata

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 15 min

Ready in: 25 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 1 small chicken breast fillet, cut in to three strips
  • Olive oil
  • 3 slices of bacon
  • 3 large eggs
  • Handful of mixed bell pepper slices
  • Pepper
  • 1 red chilli pepper, sliced in to discs
  • 2 ounces Mexicana cheese, crumbled
  • 2 large basil leaves, rolled and finely sliced

Instructions

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Prefrying chicken for frittataPrefrying bacon for frittataChopped chicken and bacon for frittataBacon, chicken and bell peppers are stirred through beaten eggStarting to fry frittataChilli pepper and spicy cheese for topping frittataChilli pepper slices are added to frittataCheese is crumbled over frittataSpicy chicken and bacon frittata is garnished and ready to serve
Prefrying chicken for frittata
Prefrying chicken for frittata
Prefrying bacon for frittata
Prefrying bacon for frittata
Chopped chicken and bacon for frittata
Chopped chicken and bacon for frittata
Bacon, chicken and bell peppers are stirred through beaten egg
Bacon, chicken and bell peppers are stirred through beaten egg
Starting to fry frittata
Starting to fry frittata
Chilli pepper and spicy cheese for topping frittata
Chilli pepper and spicy cheese for topping frittata
Chilli pepper slices are added to frittata
Chilli pepper slices are added to frittata
Cheese is crumbled over frittata
Cheese is crumbled over frittata
Spicy chicken and bacon frittata is garnished and ready to serve
Spicy chicken and bacon frittata is garnished and ready to serve
  1. Pour a little oil in to a frying pan and gently fry the chicken breast strips for two to three minutes each side until done. Remove to a board or plate.
  2. Fry the bacon slices in the same pan for a similar length of time. It's a good idea not to make them too crispy as they will be getting cooked further in the frittata. Remove the bacon slices to the plate with the chicken.
  3. Roughly chop the chicken and the bacon.
  4. Beat the eggs in a bowl just enough to combine them together.
  5. Add the chicken, bacon and bell pepper slices to the bowl with the egg and stir briefly.
  6. Put your grill/broiler on to preheat to the highest setting.
  7. Pour a little olive oil in to your omelette pan bring it up to a medium heat. Pour in the egg combination.
  8. Continue to cook on a medium heat until you can see the egg is starting to set.
  9. Lay the discs of chilli pepper at regular intervals on the frittata. Scatter over the crumbled spicy cheese.
  10. Place the pan under the grill/broiler for a minute or so until the cheese is melted.
  11. Scatter with the shredded basil leaves and serve.

Bacon and Mushroom Tortelloni Frittata

Mushroom tortelloni and bacon frittata served with bruschetta
Mushroom tortelloni and bacon frittata served with bruschetta

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 15 min

Ready in: 25 min

Yields: Two servings

Ingredients

  • Handful of mushroom tortelloni pasta
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • Olive oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 ciabatta bread rolls
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and lightly crushed
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Freshly chopped parsley to garnish

Instructions

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Frying bacon for frittataPrecooked bacon for frittataMushroom tortelloniBacon and tortelloni are added to beaten eggsStarting to fry bacon and mushroom tortelloni frittataCiabatta bread roll for making bruschettaCheddar cheese is scattered on frittataPreparing bruschettaBacon and mushroom tortelloni frittata is ready to be garnished and served
Frying bacon for frittata
Frying bacon for frittata
Precooked bacon for frittata
Precooked bacon for frittata
Mushroom tortelloni
Mushroom tortelloni
Bacon and tortelloni are added to beaten eggs
Bacon and tortelloni are added to beaten eggs
Starting to fry bacon and mushroom tortelloni frittata
Starting to fry bacon and mushroom tortelloni frittata
Ciabatta bread roll for making bruschetta
Ciabatta bread roll for making bruschetta
Cheddar cheese is scattered on frittata
Cheddar cheese is scattered on frittata
Preparing bruschetta
Preparing bruschetta
Bacon and mushroom tortelloni frittata is ready to be garnished and served
Bacon and mushroom tortelloni frittata is ready to be garnished and served
  1. Fry the bacon until cooked but not overly crisp. Chop in to medium to large pieces.
  2. Add the pasta to a large pot of boiling, salted water and simmer for a few minutes, just to heat through. Drain through a colander.
  3. Beat the eggs in a bowl until combined and stir through the tortelloni and bacon pieces.
  4. Start your grill/broiler preheating to a high heat.
  5. Heat some oil in an omelette pan and pour in the egg, bacon and pasta combination.
  6. When the frittata is almost set, scatter with the cheese and put the pan under the grill until the frittata is set and the cheese melted.
  7. Cut the ciabatta in half and toast lightly. Rub the cut sides with the crushed garlic clove, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Serve half the frittata and two pieces of bruschetta per person, garnished with the parsley.

Bacon, Broccoli and Borlotti Beans Frittata

Bacon frittata with broccoli and borlotti beans
Bacon frittata with broccoli and borlotti beans

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 3 slices of bacon
  • Olive oil
  • 3 or 4 stems of tenderstem broccoli
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon canned borlotti beans, drained
  • 2 ounces Red Leicester cheese, coarsely grated
  • Rocket/arugula leaves to garnish

Instructions

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Cooked bacon and blanched tenderstem broccoliChopped bacon and broccoliBorlotti beansFrittata batter combinationStarting to cook frittataGrated Red Leicester cheeseCheese scattered on frittataPlated frittata ready to be garnished
Cooked bacon and blanched tenderstem broccoli
Cooked bacon and blanched tenderstem broccoli
Chopped bacon and broccoli
Chopped bacon and broccoli
Borlotti beans
Borlotti beans
Frittata batter combination
Frittata batter combination
Starting to cook frittata
Starting to cook frittata
Grated Red Leicester cheese
Grated Red Leicester cheese
Cheese scattered on frittata
Cheese scattered on frittata
Plated frittata ready to be garnished
Plated frittata ready to be garnished
  1. Fry the bacon until cooked as desired.
  2. Blanche the broccoli in boiling, salted water for three or four minutes and drain.
  3. Beat the eggs and add the chopped bacon and broccoli, as well as the borlotti beans.
  4. Put your grill/broiler on to preheat to high.
  5. Heat some olive oil in an omelette pan and pour in the frittata combination.
  6. When the frittata is almost set, scatter with the cheese and finish under the hot grill/broiler.
  7. Plate the frittata and scatter with the rocket/arugula leaves to serve.

Bacon and Mediterranean Vegetables Frittata

Mixed Mediterranean vegetables frittata is topped with precooked strips of bacon
Mixed Mediterranean vegetables frittata is topped with precooked strips of bacon

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 20 min

Yields: Two servings

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bacon
  • Olive oil
  • 6 pieces (approximately) sun dried tomato
  • 6 pitted black olives, halved down through the centre
  • 2 chestnut mushrooms, roughly chopped or sliced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
  • 3 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices of bread, buttered and halved diagonally

Instructions

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Precooking bacon for frittataPrepared assorted Mediterranean vegetablesCooked baconVegetables combined with beaten egg for frittataStarting to fry frittataBacon slices are laid on top of partly set frittata
Precooking bacon for frittata
Precooking bacon for frittata
Prepared assorted Mediterranean vegetables
Prepared assorted Mediterranean vegetables
Cooked bacon
Cooked bacon
Vegetables combined with beaten egg for frittata
Vegetables combined with beaten egg for frittata
Starting to fry frittata
Starting to fry frittata
Bacon slices are laid on top of partly set frittata
Bacon slices are laid on top of partly set frittata
  1. Fry the bacon in olive oil until done and set aside on a plate.
  2. Beat the eggs until combined and stir through the sun dried tomato, olives, mushrooms and parsley.
  3. Heat some oil in your omelette pan and pour in the egg mixture.
  4. When the frittata is partly set, lay the bacon slices on top and reduce the heat to cook until fully set.
  5. Half the frittata and serve with two slices of buttered bread per portion.

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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thanks, Sheri - enjoy your breakfast! :)


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Sheri Faye 2 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

hmmmmm....bacon!! Looks so yummy and easy too. Sunday breakfast for us next week. Great hub!


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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

ElPolloDiablo - thank you very much for visiting and commenting. I'm not sure what has gone wrong with your frittatas in the past but the first thing I would suggest is that you make sure you have a suitable omelette pan. Afterwards, make sure your eggs are as fresh as possible, at room temperature before you cook with them (as always with eggs) and be sure not to overbeat them - you just want them combined and no more. Practice of course makes perfect in many ways - I wish you all future success with your frittata experiments :)

Hope you enjoy them brycekiguchi - thanks for stopping by!


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brycekiguchi 2 years ago

Bookmarked! I'm gonna try these soon! :)


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ElPolloDiablo 2 years ago from Europe

I've only tried to make frittata once. It came out edible, but not at all fantastic.

This hub makes me want to try it again. Your frittata creation looks really good. It's genius to throw in some broccoli while you're at it.

That makes it a whole lot healthier a whole lot quicker!

Is making frittata something you can get better at with experience? Because I don't remember ever having to practice baking eggs. I could do that right off the bat when I was 12 years old.

Frittata seems harder for some reason...

Oh well, thanks for the inspiration!


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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Eggs are definitely a wonderful cooking ingredient, randomcreative and frittatas are so versatile. Thanks as always for visiting.


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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Egg dishes are the best! As always, thanks for the fantastic variety. Frittatas are a great dish to customize on the fly with ingredients that you have on hand.


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kikalina 2 years ago from Europe

Very true, I can eat this sort of food any time of the day :) Thanks for sharing.


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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thanks, kikalina. Yes, this would make a very satisfying breakfast, lunch or dinner.


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kikalina 2 years ago from Europe

This looks fantastic for breakfast :) Great hub.

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