Cheesy Bacon Potato Frittata

Cheesy Bacon Potato Frittata

Making breakfast for 6 people can be a daunting task. Cooking all the eggs, frying the bacon, buttering toast, setting the table, sometimes it’s more work than dinner! That’s where frittatas come in. They are easy, don’t require a ton of prep work, and are a real crowd pleaser. A frittata is kind of a marriage between an omelet and a quiche.

Cheesy Bacon Potato FrittataThe word frittata is Italian and derives from the word fritto, which means to fry. Originally the word was used to describe any type of egg cooked in a skillet, however outside of Italy frittata was used to describe an omelet. The word frittata has evolved over the past fifty years and the cooking method is different from an omelet in several aspects.

  • The ingredients are mixed, rather than used as a filling
  • It is cooked slowly over a medium-low heat, often covered
  • When most of the egg is set, it is either turned over to complete cooking or cooked under intense heat to set the top
  • They are served to several, cut into wedges, rather than to one person

Cheesy Bacon Potato FrittataI made this bacon cheese frittata this morning. This one actually uses a nacho cheese, but I’m certain this would be tremendous with Pepper Jack, a Smoked Gouda, or if you’re more traditional, a regular Cheddar Cheese would be great too.

Cheesy Bacon Potato FrittataMy husband and oldest son were leaving so I gave them each a wedge to take with. About ten minutes later my cell phone rang.

“Hey, whatever that recipe was, for that egg thing that you gave me…” my husband started. “Don’t lose the recipe! You always make stuff, and then you lose it and never make it again!”

Silly man. I don’t lose them – I blog them. I just don’t like making things over and over again.

I could hear my son in the background saying “Yeah! DON’T lose that one!” And so my friends, I’m not losing this one. ;-) You shouldn’t either. It’ll be here for posterity.

Cheesy Bacon Potato FrittataIt’s pretty easy, and makes a great presentation as you can see. A little measuring, then some whisking and mixing…

Cheesy Bacon Potato FrittataA little frying, then dicing, then some more frying.

Cheesy Bacon Potato FrittataWhile it’s cooking, you’ll chop a little, then let it cook, garnish, broil, garnish again. Done.

Cheesy Bacon Potato Frittata

Oh yeah. Eat!

Cheesy Bacon Potato Frittata
Recipe Type: breakfast, eggs
Author: Amanda Formaro
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 6
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked then diced
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) frozen hash brown potatoes with peppers and onions, thawed
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup 1% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups (7 oz.) Sargento® Bistro® Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese
  • 1/2 bunch green onions, chopped
  1. Cook bacon in a 9-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon to drain on paper towels; set aside. Scrape the bottom of the pan if needed with a metal spatula. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings. Add potatoes to skillet; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Preheat broiler.
  2. Beat eggs in a medium bowl. Stir in milk, salt and 1 cup of cheese. Add egg mixture to skillet; stir to combine. Cover; simmer until eggs are set on the bottom, 6 to 8 minutes. (Center will be wet.)
  3. Uncover; top with reserved half of the bacon, remaining cheese, then the rest of the bacon. Transfer skillet to broiler; broil 5 to 6 inches from heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until eggs are set and cheese is melted. Garnish with chopped green onions. Cut into 6 wedges.
Serving size: 1 wedge Calories: 281.3 Fat: 18.5 g Saturated fat: 9.8 g Unsaturated fat: 4.6 g Carbohydrates: 12.0 g Sugar: 0.7 g Fiber: 0.2 g Protein: 16.3 g Cholesterol: 220.9 mg


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47 Responses to Cheesy Bacon Potato Frittata

  1. 1
    Missy says:

    Sounds great!

  2. 2

    YUM! This is one our whole family would love. I adore frittatas…stratas…quiches for the this reason – simplicity in feeding the masses (large and small) ;)

  3. 3
    Katrina says:

    Mmm, looks good! Nice to have a man/boys approval–that works here. ;)
    My 8 yo is home sick and keeps asking me to make him an egg with potatoes (like a hash), then 2 minutes later he says, “No, I don’t feel like it”. He hasn’t hardly eaten much the last 3 days. I think I’ll just make a frittata and have it ready for when he does decide to eat.

  4. 4

    Love this! I must get into frittatas. I love both omelets and quiche so how can I go wrong? Thanks for this post!

  5. 5

    Frittatas are awesome for group breakfasts! You can’t go wrong with cheese and bacon – this looks delicious!

  6. 6
    MaryBeth says:

    My kind of dinner, simply and delish

  7. 7
    Sue says:

    This frittata looks DELICIOUS! I was ooooohing and ahhhhhing as soon as the photo came up:)

  8. 8

    This sounds great! My family always complains that I don’t make things over and over again. Silly family, if I did that I wouldn’t have new things to blog about! :-)

  9. 9

    Wow, this is a great breakfast! So funny that your husband told you not to lose the recipe. I rarely make the same thing over again as well. I would make this one again though! Looks delicious.

  10. 10

    These are some of the best photos I’ve seen in a long time! Seriously delicious to look at (plus your recipe sounds pretty darned good too)!

  11. 11

    Cooking breakfast for a bunch of people can be so stressful so we usually eat out. But next time I’ll definitely make this frittata. I just love the addition of the hash browns.

  12. 12

    You had me at BACON! Yum!

  13. 13

    Oh wow. What a great start to the day! This looks absolutely delicious!

  14. 14
    kellie says:

    hi! i found you via pinterest. this looks delish! totally trying it this weekend!

  15. 15

    This looks amazing, Amanda! A couple of my husband’s old college buddies are visiting next weekend and I think they’d be in heaven if I made this for them! Printing now…

  16. 16

    I love this frittata. You might eat it for breakfast but this is my go-to meal for a night when I’m tired and want good old American comfort food.

  17. 17

    Amanda, I made this twice over Easter weekend and the guys LOVED it! It was absolutely delicious and heated up well the day after, too. Thanks for the killer recipe! I’ll be going back to this one again and again!

  18. 18

    Gorgeous frittata! I so wish I could have a slice now, I think it would make a marvelous dinner too, not just breakfast!

  19. 19

    oh please can I have a piece of this? It looks devine!

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    Kat says:

    I’ve made this twice…so delicious!

    • 21.1
      Amanda says:

      So glad you like it Kat! My mother in law loves this one too and took the recipe back home to Iowa with her. She made it for her sister and they both raved. Then she lost the recipe. She doesn’t have a computer, so I have to print it and send it to her again LOL!

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    Jill creagh says:

    I live in Australia, what is frozen hash browns? We can get them formed into a rectangular shape, individual serves. Is this what you mean? How would you break them up, and they don’t come with added vegetables in them.

    • 29.1

      Hi Jill. I’m sure you could use the hash brown patties (or Tatertots if you have those there?) and just break them up. You can add sweet peppers if you like as well. The has browns I’m referring to are sold here in the frozen section and are made by Ore-Ida.

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