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What Is a Frittata & How Do You Make at Home?

What Is a Frittata & How Do You Make at Home?

Last Updated on 8th February 2022 by

The frittata can make for a hearty breakfast or a savory lunch. It’s been compared to a quiche that doesn’t have any crust on it, and some people think of it more as an omelet casserole.

Just what is a frittata? It’s an egg dish usually contains some vegetables, plenty of herbs, and perhaps a little cheese. The main ingredient is definitely the eggs, though. They are what hold the frittata together and give it its vibrant, yellow look.

I want to show you how to make a frittata at home, so even though it has a fancy name, you don’t have to feel intimidated by it.

How to Make a Frittata in the Oven

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • Olive oil
  • 6 chopped scallions
  • 1/4 cup of feta cheese
  • 2 cups of broccoli, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon of paprika

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. While the oven is heating, you can cook the broccoli and scallions. But first, whisk the eggs together. Mix together eggs, garlic, salt, and milk. Set them to the side to cook your veggies.
  3. In a large skillet, warm a tablespoon of oil on medium heat. Add in the broccoli, scallions, and a pinch of salt and pepper each.
  4. Stir every so often and continue to cook until the broccoli becomes tender but still has a bright green appearance. This should take about 6 or 7 minutes.
  5. Then, add in the paprika an egg mixture. Sprinkle the feta cheese on top and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. It’s done cooking when the eggs are set and no longer runny. Add salt and pepper as necessary.

How Long to Bake a Frittata?

The frittata needs to bake for about 15 to 20 minutes in the oven. If you use a different cooking temperature than 400 degrees Fahrenheit, your cooking time changes as well. Also, if you’re using a bigger or smaller recipe, that’s going to change your cooking time too.

You want to keep cooking the frittata until the eggs set completely. You can poke the egg dish with a toothpick to see if the eggs are still runny or if they have set all the way. Once they’ve set, it’s done cooking.

What Temperature to Bake Frittata?

The temperature I’ve recommended is 400 degrees Fahrenheit, but if you want to cook at a different temperature, there’s no problem with that. You can cook it at 350 degrees, but you’ll need to extend the baking time to 18 to 22 minutes.

Once again, make sure the eggs have set and cooked all the way through before you serve the frittata. If you serve it while the eggs are still a little runny, it won’t have the right texture. Plus, you’ll be at risk for salmonella poisoning.

How to Reheat Frittata

If you have some leftover frittata, you can store it in the fridge in an airtight container or cover it with foil or plastic wrap in the baking dish. Be sure to let it cool completely first before storing it in the fridge, though.

To reheat, remove the frittata from the fridge and then take off the foil or plastic wrap covering.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and then cover back with aluminum foil. It’s fine to use the same foil that it was covered with in the fridge.

Place your frittata into the oven once it’s fully heated, and then cook for 20 to 25 minutes. It should be hot all the way through at that point.

It’s best to only reheat what you’re going to eat at that time. Don’t keep reheating and then refrigerating the frittata, as it will go bad quickly that way.

What to Serve with Frittata?

Since the frittata dish I gave you a recipe for doesn’t contain any meat, you may want to serve it with meat as a side. It can be served with bacon, ham, or grilled chicken.

It also pairs well with bread, particularly toasted Italian or garlic bread.

If you’re serving this as a dinner dish, it will compliment mashed potatoes or potato wedges very well. It also pairs well with garbanzo beans, chili, biscuits, and a variety of salads. Try teaming up the frittata with a tart and tasty spinach and dried cranberry salad with crumbled fetta cheese on top, served with a vinaigrette dressing.

The options for what to serve with frittata are practically endless, but I’ve given you a few selections to think about for when you plan to cook this dish up.

How to Make Frittata Muffins

Let me leave you with one more recipe, and this is for a frittata that’s a little spongier and more cake-like then your typical frittata. It’s a muffin recipe that uses the basic frittata dish as a base.

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of chopped spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of sliced shallots
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup of red capsicum, diced
  • Spray oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray down the muffin holes in a muffin pan with the spray oil.
  3. Mix together eggs, pepper, and salt. Then, stir in the feta cheese and vegetables.
  4. Take your mixture and divide it between the muffin holes.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until the center of the muffins are spongy and the top is a light golden color.

Now you know how to cook a frittata the regular way or as a muffin. You can keep the frittata in the fridge for three to four days, or it can freeze for up to three months.

Feel free to experiment with these recipes and add some extra vegetables herbs and spices, or even some meat to change things up and make them just the way you want them.

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