Skip the omelette and go for a frittata! They are totally fool proof. This one is stuffed with chunks of ham (great for leftovers), tender broccoli and pockets of ooey gooey cheddar cheese. It is completely irresistible for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Recently my mom put this photo of her and my dad up on Facebook:
Aren’t they so cute? They had just gotten engaged. My mom told me that she was on the phone in her mother’s kitchen calling people to tell them the news.
There were lots of comments saying this looks just like Eric and Nikki, my two oldest siblings, but my cousin Aaron said, “That is Karen on the phone!” And I said, “Really Aaron? I was thinking Nikki. But then again I have been known to see old photos and think to myself, ‘Why was I wearing such an ugly shirt?’ then I realize it’s Nikki not me.”
She responded with, “Karen I have evidence of your clothing choices and will share some examples:”
Yes Nikki. You DO win. There is no way I will ever be able to live down that Bumblebee themed dance costume. Or the dalmatian-collared sweatshirt paired with floral-lined overalls. Mom, where were you?? Although really the problem is that she’s here with me now looking at the pictures (still recovering from surgery) and she said, “The overalls and dalmatian sweater look like they’re a set. Right?” No mom. No.
Okay, I apologize. No one came here to see my prepubescent self making bad fashion choices. Have some frittata.
Frittata is one of my favorite breakfast-for-dinners. It is just so easy to clean out the fridge and throw whatever you find in with some eggs and cheese. I love this broccoli ham cheddar version. They are just the greatest combo! The best part is that the cheese is left in cubes instead of shredded; this way you get actual pockets of cheesy perfection, like you can see here:
Let me know if you make this frittata! Tag #TheFoodCharlatan on Instagram so I can see it :)
Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, or half a large onion, chopped
- 1 crown fresh broccoli, florets separated
- 1 & 1/2 cups cooked ham, chopped (I used a ham steak)
- 6 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into chunks
- 9 eggs
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/8 pepper, or to taste
- Add 5 cups water to a small pot. Season with 2 teaspoons salt. (Not the salt called for in the frittata). Bring the pot to a boil.
- In an 11 inch cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until translucent, 5-8 minutes. If the onions are finished cooking before you are ready to add the rest of the ingredients, turn the burner off.
- Add the broccoli florets to the water when it's at a rolling boil. Immediately cover with a lid and set a timer for 3 minutes. No peeking! When the timer goes off, drain into a colander right away. Don't rinse.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, 3/4 teaspoon salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.
- Preheat your broiler. Move the rack to about 5 inches from the flame.
- When the onions are cooked, spread the broccoli in the pan. Top with the chopped ham. Sprinkle the chunks of cheese over the top.
- If you have turned the burner off, turn it on to medium. Make sure the pan is hot before adding the egg mixture.
- Pour the egg mixture over the top. Don't stir. Cook for 7-9 minutes, or until the edges are starting to set.
- Transfer the pan to the broiler. Broil for 2-5 minutes. Don't walk away! Check it every 1 minute. The frittata is done when the top is brown and the eggs are set (not wiggly).
This recipe was originally posted by me on I Heart Naptime. I was a contributor for Jamielyn’s blog last year, but I figure you guys want the recipes too!
Other breakfast recipes you will love!
Bacon, Gouda, and Spinach Frittata << I looove gouda. And plus bacon? Sign me up.
Asparagus, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Quiche << this is my favorite quiche of all time!! It’s meatless, so that is saying something people.
Other great frittata recipes from awesome blogs: