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Ham and Cheese Frittata

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This easy Ham and Cheese Frittata makes the most delicious brunch. Combining ham, cheese, eggs, and veggies, this one-skillet meal is filling and makes great meal prep too!

For more delicious brunch recipes, try my Overnight Omelette Breakfast Casserole or a delicious Sausage Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole!

A skillet with a partial frittata.

Ham Frittata with Gruyere

Making a frittata is always impressive for guests. Whether it be for a holiday brunch or dinner for breakfast, I’m always in for a delicious frittata filled with eggs, veggies, and sometimes a variety of meats.

The other thing I love about this dish is the possible variation in ingredients.

  • Meat – ham, bacon, or sausage.
  • Veggies – onion, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, and so on.
  • Eggs – or a combo of eggs plus egg whites (for lower calorie).
  • Potatoes – any potato, including yellow, white, or sweet potato.
  • Cheese – I love the taste of gruyere cheese (especially a smoky version), but other cheese can also be substituted.

Want to include this on a brunch spread? Make my Pecan Banana Muffins or my Best Blueberry Lemon Scones too!

Side shot of two wedges of frittata on white plates.

Ingredients Used

  • Ham – I used ham steaks for this recipe. If you have leftover ham from a holiday dinner, use that instead!
  • Cheese – The cheese of choice was gruyere, but any you love will work too.
  • Eggs – Use large eggs.
  • Milk – I normally use 2% milk in this recipe.
  • Veggies – A combo of peppers, onions, and some tomatoes for topping (if desired).

How to make Ham and Cheese Frittata

Step 1
Sauté veggies. Heat a cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. Add olive oil and then veggies, and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 2
Add ham. Add the ham and stir. Continue cooking for a couple of minutes.

Step 3
Add eggs/milk mixture. Add the eggs and milk to the skillet.

Step 4
Add shredded cheese to skillet. Then add the shredded cheese on top of the egg mixture.

Step 5
Top with tomatoes (optional). Slice some Roma tomatoes, and add to the top of the frittata.

Step 6
Bake frittata. Bake the frittata in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until just set in the center.

Step 7
Serve. Serve ham and cheese frittata with some extra black pepper and some chopped cilantro, if desired.

The baked frittata in a cast iron skillet with tomatoes on top.

Recipe FAQs

What’s the difference between a frittata or a quiche?

A quiche contains a crust while a frittata does not. Also, a quiche normally bakes in a pie plate or dish while a frittata normally cooks in a cast iron skillet.

What kind of a pan do I use for a frittata?

Use a cast iron skillet for a frittata. That way you can cook the veggies and meat in the same pan, which is easier for cleanup.

How do you keep a frittata from deflating?

The eggs will naturally expand and puff up during the cooking process. They may deflate a little bit, but that’s ok.

How do you tell when a frittata is done?

Cook the frittata in the oven until the center is just set, or no longer jiggly. You can check with a knife as well.

A plate with a wedge of ham and cheese frittata, with a fork.

xoxo ~Sue

A skillet of ham and cheese frittata with tomato slices on top, and a wedge missing from skillet.

Ham and Cheese Frittata

This easy Ham and Cheese Frittata makes the most delicious brunch. Combining ham, cheese, eggs, and veggies, this one-skillet meal is filling and makes great meal prep too!
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Course: Breakfast, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 296kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red onion – diced
  • 1 cup peppers (any kind – I used bell pepper and jalapeno) – diced
  • 3/4 pound ham steaks (chopped) – or leftover ham
  • 10 large eggs
  • 4 oz. gruyere cheese – shredded
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste

Instructions

  • Heat a cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. Add olive oil and then veggies, and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the ham and stir. Continue cooking for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the eggs and milk to the skillet. Then add the shredded cheese on top of the egg mixture.
  • Slice some Roma tomatoes, and add to the top of the frittata.
  • Bake the frittata in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until just set in the center.

Notes

  • Cook the frittata in the oven until the center is just set, or no longer jiggly. You can check with a knife as well.
  • The eggs will naturally expand and puff up during the cooking process. They may deflate a little bit, but that’s ok.
 
Pair this frittata with some Easy Banana Bread or my Blueberry Lemon Scones!

Nutrition

Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 356mg | Sodium: 974mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1407IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 2mg
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