I love a meat and vegetable breakfast combo, especially when it’s this easy to make. You start this skillet frittata on the stove-top and move it into the oven for the best fluffy texture. Plus, it’s easy to customize, and I’ve got some ideas for you to try.
Think of a frittata as your chance to use up whatever cheese, vegetables, or meat you have in the fridge. A little salt and pepper is all the seasoning you need, and you can’t go wrong with some fresh herbs, too.
Frittata Combination Ideas:
- feta, roasted bell pepper, sausage, and basil (this is the one I made)
- ham, cheddar, and broccoli florets
- mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and spinach
- hatch green chiles, Jack cheese, and chorizo
If I’ve missed a combination you like, please drop it in the comments below!
How to Make a Frittata in a Cast Iron Skillet – Step by Step
If you’ve decided to include meat, you want to start with that because it will release fat that helps to season the skillet; this adds flavor and also prevents the eggs from sticking. As you can see (photos 3 and 4), the reason we are beginning the eggs on the stovetop is so we can partially cook them (like an omelet) before adding the vegetables and cheese.
When it looks like the eggs are somewhat cooked but still mostly liquid, that’s the perfect moment to add your ingredients. While fresh herbs are entirely optional, I suggest adding them twice: before cooking and after as a garnish.
Even if cooking for one, this is a great technique for meal prepping breakfast for the rest of the week because leftover frittata reheats really well in the microwave.
Storing Leftover Frittata
I recommend slicing then refrigerating the leftovers in sealed containers, as opposed to covering the whole skillet. A cast iron skillet can impart eggs with a metallic flavor over time, and if you remove the eggs promptly, this is unlikely to happen.
Cast Iron Seasoning and Clean Tips:
When making eggs in a cast iron skillet, it’s a good idea to wipe your skillet before cooking with a paper towel to see how much grease comes off. If it’s quite black, I suggest rinsing the cast iron and scrubbing with a nylon sponge. You can then proceed by heating the skillet; this small step usually prevents food from turning black.
To clean your skillet, rinse it under hot water and scrub vigorously with a metal sponge. Metal is the best way to remove egg proteins that stick to the grooves of the metal. Once clean, reheat the skillet to prevent rust. If it looks dry, you can re-season with oil (note: I usually only need to do this about once per month). Allow a hot skillet to cool completely before storing.
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Sausage and Roasted Bell Pepper Frittata Skillet
- Preheat the oven to 425℉.
- Heat a medium size (10-inch) oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Put the sausage links in the pan and use a spatula to break into pieces. Cook until the fat releases and the sausage begins to brown, about 3 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, whole milk, and salt together in a medium bowl.
- Pour the egg mixture over the sausage. Next, use a spatula to stir and scrape along the bottom continuously. After about 2 minutes, the eggs should appear liquidy with some areas where the eggs have scrambled a bit. When you see this, add the bell pepper, feta, and a few torn leaves of fresh basil before the eggs have a chance to set.
- Move the skillet into the oven and roast until the eggs are puffy and the center is no longer liquid, about 17 or 18 minutes. Allow the frittata to rest for several minutes, then use a spatula to cut and portion onto serving plates and garnish with basil.
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