Make Ahead Frittata
What could be a better way to start your day than with eggs, veggies and cheese? With the help of this easy make ahead frittata recipe, you can prepare a delicious breakfast or brunch that’s packed with flavor. And the best part is that you can make the dish ahead of time and freeze it until you’re ready to start eating!I was first introduced to the idea of a frittata by my cousin who is a chef. I had never heard of it before, but quickly came to appreciate the simplicity and flavours of this dish. It is sometimes referred to as an “egg pizza”. It’s not an omelette and not a quiche, though it bears a similarity to both. If you ask me, it’s just plain good!
I’ve made this frittata for our Christmas breakfast for years now. I always pair it with hash brown casserole as both can be made weeks ahead. I take them out of the freezer on Christmas Eve and let them thaw in the fridge overnight. Christmas morning, I pop them in the oven while we open stockings with the kids and by the time we’re done, a delicious family breakfast is ready to eat.
Make Ahead Frittata Recipe
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ cup chopped vegetables
- 10 eggs
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ to ¾ cup grated Swiss cheese
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
- salt and pepper
- Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the vegetables and saute until tender.
- When the vegetables are softened, remove the pan from heat and transfer the cooked veggies to the bottom of a casserole dish or foil container.
- Add the eggs to a medium bowl and whisk until smooth. Add the sour cream, grated cheese, heavy cream, and spices to the bowl and stir to combine.
- Pour the egg mixture over the top of the vegetables in the pan.
- Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the egg mixture, then cover the entire pan with foil.
- Freeze the entire dish until ready to serve.
- Transfer the frozen ingredients to the refrigerator to thaw overnight. When the ingredients are thawed, remove the foil and plastic wrap from the pan.
- When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the frittata for 50 minutes, until the eggs are set.
What Vegetables are Good in a Frittata?
Mixing vegetables into your egg frittata is a great way to add flavor to your dish and make it healthier at the same time! And since there are a variety of vegetables that pair well with eggs and cheese, you’ll have plenty of delicious options to choose from. As you’re putting together your make ahead breakfast, try these different veggies in your own freezer friendly frittatas:
- Red or green bell pepper
- Artichoke hearts (no need to sauté)
- Sweet potatoes
What Can I Add to a Frittata?
Since this simple recipe can easily be customized, it’s the perfect breakfast recipe to feed a crowd. In addition to mixing in some vegetables, there are tons of other delicious ingredients you can add to your frittata to take the flavor of your egg breakfast up a notch! Try these other mix-ins to add even more flavor to your freezer-friendly breakfast recipe.
- Cooked bacon
- Crumbled breakfast sausage
- Ham or Canadian bacon
- Various cheeses, including cheddar, gruyere, mozzarella, or Monterrey jack
- Herbs and seasonings, like basil, parsley, paprika, ground mustard, rosemary, or chives
- Hot sauce or sriracha sauce
Can You Make Frittatas Ahead of Time and Reheat?
One of the best things about frittatas is that they’re versatile! That means you can prepare the ingredients in your frittata and cook it later or cook it and store it until you ready to enjoy the meal.
- Make the frittata ingredients ahead. One of the easiest ways to prepare your eggs ahead of time is to put together the ingredients and store them in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to cook the meal. Once you’re ready to enjoy the eggs, simply pop the dish in the oven and bake the frittata according to the recipe instructions.
- Bake the frittata ahead of time and reheat when you’re ready to eat. If you have more time on prep day, you can also bake the frittata and freeze or refrigerate it until you’re ready to start eating. After baking the eggs, allow them to cool completely. Then cover the dish and transfer it to the fridge or freezer. If you plan to freeze the cooked frittata, make sure to thaw it completely before reheating. The eggs can be reheated in the oven or microwave.
How Long Will a Frittata Last in the Fridge?
A cooked frittata will stay good in the fridge for up to four days. Make sure to place the eggs in an airtight container to ensure they stay fresh. And if you plan to freeze your cooked frittata, it will stay good in the freezer for up to three months.
When storing an uncooked frittata in the freezer, your ingredients will stay good for up to four months before you need to bake the eggs. Before placing your dish in the freezer, make sure to write the name of the recipe, date of freezing, and expected expiration date on the top of the foil to ensure it doesn’t go bad before you bake it. It’s also a good idea to leave a note on top of the foil to remind yourself to remove the plastic wrap underneath the foil before baking.
To make this frittata for Christmas breakfast:
If you want to fancy this up a bit for Christmas breakfast, you can lay slices of your sautéed red peppers on the top of the egg mixture once it’s in the casserole dish fanned out into a wreath like shape or you can lay slices of your sautéed green pepper on top of the egg mixture in a Christmas tree pattern.
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- ½ cup vegetables chopped or sliced
- 10 eggs
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ to ¾ cup Swiss cheese grated
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp. fresh rosemary chopped
- salt and pepper
Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the vegetables and sauté until tender.
When the vegetables are softened, remove the pan from heat and transfer the cooked veggies to the bottom of a casserole dish or foil container.
Add the eggs to a medium bowl and whisk until smooth. Add the sour cream, grated cheese, heavy cream, and spices to the bowl and stir to combine.
Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables in the pan.
Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the egg mixture, then cover the entire pan with foil.
Freeze the entire dish until ready to serve.
Remove the foil and plastic wrap.
Bake at 350° for 50 minutes, until the eggs are set.