The Humble and Fabulous Frittata

Do you have leftovers in your pantry that you’re wondering how to use up?

Consider the frittata.

The French have their omelet, an elegant and delightful folded or rolled egg dish that Napoleon Bonaparte loved. And, in fact, once commanded an entire village be scoured for enough eggs to make omelets for his army.


Thank the Italians for the Egg-ilicious Frittata

But, the Italians gave us the frittata.

Its name derives from an Italian verb which means to fry.

I simply refer to it as fabulous.

The technique for producing a tender, delicious frittata is much simpler to master than the omelet.

It’s simply this: Throw whatever is leftover in your fridge into a sauté pan with some butter. Pour in some beaten eggs and cream, transfer the pan to the oven, and bake until the frittata is puffed and set in the middle.

Easy peasy, and egg-ilicious.


A Delicious Way to Use Up Leftovers

In case you missed it, the most important instruction is this: Throw whatever you find in your fridge into the sauté pan.

A list of likely ingredients can include, bell pepper, mushrooms, onion, spinach, zucchini, and really any other vegetable that suits your fancy.

And also consider this list of ingredients: leftovers.

The frittata is a perfect vehicle for using up anything in your fridge.

I rummaged through my fridge one Saturday morning and found half of a hamburger patty, cheese, lettuce, and some homemade lemon vinaigrette.

Making creative use of leftovers is a virtue I admire.

I tossed the greens with the vinaigrette and piled them on top of my finished cheeseburger frittata.

The salad mix still had a bit of dill which added to my delight.

Unfortunately, there was no side of fries, frosty root beer, or vanilla shake.

Just coffee.

It was delicious and easy.


Consider the Humble and Fabulous Frittata as a Delicious Use for Your Leftovers

I too would have scoured an entire village for eggs (and perhaps leftover cheeseburgers) to share this scrumptious, out of the ordinary breakfast with my army had I had one assembled.

As it was, I did my bit for the planet by artfully using up leftovers that otherwise may have gone into the garbage.

Next time you have leftovers, might be bits of chicken, brisket, steak, or any kind of veggie that needs using up, consider the humble and fabulous frittata.


The Humble and Fabulous Frittata

The humble and fabulous frittata is a delicious way to use up vegetables and leftovers. From stovetop to plate including cleanup, it’s 30 minutes tops.

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  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 1/2 cups diced vegetables (mushrooms, bell pepper, onions, etc.)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • kosher salt
  • pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together the eggs and cream. Season kosher salt.
  3. Heat a 10-inch sauté pan over medium heat.
  4. Once heated, add the butter and the vegetables and sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt.
  5. Sauté vegetables until just wilted.
  6. Add the spinach, stir to distribute throughout the pan.
  7. Pour in the egg and cream mixture.
  8. Cook a 1-2 minutes on the stovetop without stirring.
  9. Transfer the sauté pan to the oven and cook until puffed and set in the middle about 5-10 minutes.


Double this recipe for a crowd. The frittata will be thicker so you can cut it in thinner slices. And it will require more time to cook.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 892
  • Sugar: 0.8 g
  • Sodium: 427 mg
  • Fat: 97.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 74.2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.6 g
  • Fiber: 0.3 g
  • Protein: 10.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 303.6 mg
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