Frittata is Flexible and Forgiving
A frittata is an Italian egg dish that is like an omelet or quiche but lazy and forgiving. It’s lazy because the recipe is easy, and you don’t have to do the tricky omelet fold. It’s also forgiving since you don’t have to make a crust and uses no cream or milk, unlike an omelet or quiche. Try making this lazy egg frittata recipe on a Sunday when you don’t feel like doing anything. It’s a great way to use forgotten vegetables in the fridge.
FRITTATA VS. OMELET VS. QUICHE
Frittata is like an open faced omelet. It is cooked on the stovetop and then finished in the broiler or oven.
An omelet is cooked on the stovetop in an omelet pan and the eggs are folded over the filling and serves one.
A quiche is baked in the oven with a tart pan and has a crust. It also uses milk and cream as an ingredient.
Favorite Ingredient Combinations
- Parmesan cheese
- Feta cheese
- Yellow squash
- Red onion
- Optional to use meat – my family loves it with Mexican pork chorizo (Cacique is my favorite brand) or use breakfast sausage-regular or plant-based
Other ingredients that work well: mushrooms, red peppers, broccoli, and asparagus, but best of all, use any leftover vegetables is in the produce drawer. Additionally, many kinds of cheese work well – try grated cheddar or swiss cheese.
- Mixing bowl
- Oven-safe and broiler-safe skillet – cast iron, stainless or non-stick just make sure the handle is broiler safe.
- A frittata begins on the stovetop by sauteing vegetables in the pan and pouring the egg mixture over the top. The second step is to finish the eggs in the broiler for a beautiful golden brown finish to the top. However, it can be tricky because one minute is too long, and you will have a charred top.
- Another option is the complete the first step on the cooktop and finishes in the oven for anyone that does not have a broiler or is nervous about using one. The recipe below provides these options.
Frittata vs. Omelet
Frittata vs. Quiche
A frittata and quiche are baked egg dishes with added ingredients like vegetables, meats, and cheese. The quiche is a savory tart with a crust, whereas the frittata is crustless. A quiche recipe has 1/2 cup of cream or milk for every egg, and a frittata has much less dairy. The quiche is cooked in a pie pan, whereas a frittata uses a skillet. A frittata has fewer calories than a quiche because there is less dairy and no crust.
Can Frittata Be Made Ahead?
You can make this Lazy Egg Frittata recipe ahead and leave it in the pan on the counter for up to one hour to serve at room temperature. Another option is to make earlier but warm it on the stovetop for a few minutes.
If made ahead longer than one hour, bring to room temperature and store covered in the refrigerator—either heat on the stove or individual pieces in the microwave.
Saute vegetables in skillet.
Place spinach on vegetables and wilt.
Cook sausage in seperate pan. Drain and sprinkle over vegetables.
Whisk eggs and mix in cheeses.
Add eggs to skillet and cook.
Place frittata under the broiler with rack placement at the second from the top.