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Easy Frittata Recipe: Italian Potato Frittata

Updated on November 27, 2014
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Quick & Easy Frittata

Frittata is an egg-based Italian dish that is easy to prepare and makes an elegant addition to any breakfast of brunch menu. Or whip on up for a quick and delicious lunch or dinner. Similar to an oven-baked omelette or a crustless quiche, you can be creative and use the ingredients you have on hand.

For me, Sunday is the perfect frittata day. I drag myself from the bed, rifle through the refrigerator and pull out anything that might be good in a frittata. I quickly sauté the ingredients in a little olive oil or butter and then add milk, eggs and some grated cheese. Pop it into a 350F oven and within 10 minutes you´ll have a hot frittata ready to serve with hot coffee or fresh squeezed orange juice. What could be easier than that?

You´ll need to use an oven-proof skillet. My cast iron skillet is the old standby for making frittatas. At the end of this page you´ll find a handy chart with ingredient ideas. Or, use up any leftovers still lingering in the refrigerator. This Italian potato frittata is one of our favorites, but I´m a sucker for any frittata flavored with fresh herbs. My husband loves leek, potato and thyme or bacon, tomato and Dijon mustard. You´re sure to find your own favorite flavor combination. Why not try a frittata this Sunday? Your family will thank you!


5 stars from 1 rating of Easy Breakfast Frittata

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 8 portions

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 10 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk or half-n-half
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 lb. potatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 large Roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
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incorporate spinach and basil
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Instructions

  1. ¨Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. In a medium oven-proof skillet, heat olive oil. Add chopped potatoes and onion and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Saute over medium heat for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, eggs and cheese. Whisk until all ingredients have been incorporated.
  4. Using a spatula, stir the spinach, tomato and basil into the egg mixture.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and gently incorporate into the potato and onion.
  6. Slide skillet into the hot oven. Bake until egg mixture has set and top is golden, about 12 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with freshly squeezed orange juice or hot coffee and fresh fruit. Enjoy!
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Frittata Filling Ideas

Meat
Cheese
Vegetables
chicken
brie
asparagus
turkey
parmesan
mushrooms
ham
Monterrey jack
garlic
chorizo
cheddar
onion
salame
goat´s cheese
leek
smoked salmon
cottage cheese
peas
tuna
ricotta
roasted red pepper
lobster
blue cheese
olives
shrimp
feta
artichoke
crab meat
smoked gouda
eggplant
steak
pepper jack
zucchini
shredded pork
montego
fresh herbs

Farm Fresh Eggs

We have the good fortune of living in an agricultural area where farm eggs can be readily found. We purchase eggs locally, from a farm where chickens are allowed to roam free and are fed a natural diet. Not only are farm raised eggs healthier, but they are also much more delicious than the commercial variety.

Does egg consumption lead to an increase in blood pressure or harmful cholesterol? Not according to recent studies. I found this information from Mercola to be very interesting:

  • Consuming more than 6 eggs per week does not increase risk of stroke.
  • Eating 2 eggs daily does not adversely affect endothelial function (an aggregate measure of cardiac risk) in healthy adults, which supports the view that dietary cholesterol maybe less detrimental to cardiovascular health than previously thought
  • Proteins in cooked eggs are converted by gastrointestinal enzymes, producing peptides that act as ACE inhibitors (thus lowering blood pressure)
  • A survey of South Carolina adults found no correlation of blood cholesterol levels with "bad" dietary habits, such as use of red meat, animal fats, butter, eggs, whole milk, bacon, sausage and cheese.

So eat your eggs and enjoy them!


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    Brian Dooling 2 years ago from Connecticut

    This looks so good! The pictures are great and the recipe is so simple to make, definitely have to try this soon! voted up!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks pstraubie48!

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    Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

    This does resemble a quiche ...I will have to give it a try. I really like the versatility of ingredients. thanks for sharing. Angels are on the way to you today ps

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    Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

    This sounds delish.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for your comment and and votes Phyllis Doyle!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks BWD316!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Enjoy the frittata vocalcoach!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for your support Peggy W!

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    Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

    OMGosh! I am going shopping today and for sure picking up ingredients for this recipe. Thanks for sharing it and thanks a lot for the information on eggs and the new study.

    V: Up, U, A, I and H+

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    Brian Dooling 2 years ago from Connecticut

    Simple, quick and delicious! Great recipe!

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    Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    I love the look of this frittata. This will be my first time trying this. Your instructions are so easy to follow. Thanks!

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    Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

    We had a frittata for breakfast this morning...or rather I should say brunch. Yours looks delicious! The information about consumption of eggs and cholesterol is interesting. Thanks! Sharing this!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    pstraubie48, thanks for your comment!

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    Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

    This looks sooo good. I know that I will enjoy this and I do appreciate the explicit instructions.

    Angels are on the way to you ps

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    Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    It looks delicious and filling! Thanks for sharing!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Au fait, I'm glad you survived the move! Thanks for taking the time to comment, despite your busy schedule.

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    C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

    This looks delicious, and I'm hungry right now. This frittata has ingredients I love, plus it's quick and easy. Perfect when a person is in a hurry.

    Sorry I've been away for several days, but I was moving and it took every minute of my time. Nope, didn't even eat of sleep for a couple of the last days. Hope your Christmas plans are going smoothly . . .

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for your comment skperdon!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks lindacee! Yes, our Spanish friends do "tortilla de patata" for tapas and we love it! Frittatas are very versatile.

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    skperdon 2 years ago from Canada

    Mmmm! got to make this! Thanks for sharing vespawoolf.

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    Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

    Rich and yummy and almost irresistible (were I not such a disciplined vegan hahahha).

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    lindacee 2 years ago from Arizona

    This is a fabulous idea for a quick and easy breakfast for holiday guests. The combinations are limitless and you can feed a crowd for little $$. I would also do this for impromptu appetizers. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    ChitirangadaSharan, I´m glad you´re going to make this for your family. And thank you for pointing out the nutritional content, too!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks AliciaC!

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    Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

    This is quite innovative and combines lot of nutrition as well! I am sure it is delicious and would be loved by all age groups. The instructions and pictures are very helpful. Voted up!

    Thanks for suggesting my Sunday recipe!

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    Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Sounds a lovely idea and looks so delicious. The ingredients are easy to find and will have to try this simple recipe.

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    Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This frittata sounds very tasty. Eating it certainly would be a great way to start a Sunday! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    I'm glad you're going to try this Suzanne Day!

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    monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

    it's great and look like pizza hhhh

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    Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Wow this really is an easy looking recipe and I'm going to try it out for my kids. Thank you so much for posting this frittata recipe, voted awesome!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    GetitScene, it´s nice to know that you also enjoy frittatas!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Susan Recipes, I hope you have the chance to try a potato frittata soon!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ericdierker, thank you for your kind words!

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    Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

    I make frittata all the time and it's one of the best breakfasts ever! Bravo!

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    Susan 2 years ago from India

    I have never tried a Potato Frittata before. It looks simply amazing and very delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    It is just great how you weave in life into your recipes. This one is definite for this Sunday. Thank you

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