Potato, Onion, Ham & Gruyere Cheese Frittata

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Frittata’s are great any time of day. Breakfast, lunch and/or dinner! You can basically use any ingredients to make it your own! I have made them with just ham & cheese, for the picky kids that won’t touch veggies. I have made them with just veggies. This is one hearty meal and it feeds a lot! I cut it into 6 – 8 wedges. It depends on the size of the pan and how many people I’m feeding. You don’t really need anything else to go with it, since everything is in this one dish!


4 small red potatoes, diced
1 vidalia onion, cut into slivers
1 cup diced smoked ham
2 tablespoons unsalted butter ( divided )
2 tablespoons olive oil ( divided )
8 extra-large eggs
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 cup shredded gruyere cheese ( divided )
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon each, thyme and parsley
1 cup grated parmesan, for finishing top
sour cream for serving

Optional Ingredients:

sliced mushrooms, sauteed.
asparagus, cut into bite sized pieces.
cheddar cheese, if preferred over gruyere
canadian bacon or bacon

Step by Step Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large non-stick pan that is oven safe, melt 1 tbsp of olive oil + 1 tbsp butter over medium heat. Cook onions until they are caramelized and potatoes are mostly cooked.  Add ham to the onion & potatoes and brown slightly. Dump onions, potatoes and ham out of the pan and onto a plate and set aside. Wipe pan out really well. The pan needs to be super clean.

In a large bowl, mix eggs, whole milk + heavy cream (half & half works fine, too) until well incorporated. Add 1/2 cup of  shredded gruyere, salt + pepper and set aside.

Turn pan up to high eat. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of butter. When fat comes up to heat add egg mixture while “swirling” oil. Then quickly scatter around potatoes, onions & ham. Sprinkle with thyme + parsley. Top with 1/2 cup of shredded gruyere.

Put into oven, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes. Let it sit for 5 minutes then remove it from the pan with a spatula, place it on a cutting board.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve with sour cream, if desired.


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