Potato Frittata


I have been wanting to try a frittata for SO long, but for some reason I always had a good excuse not to make one. Like, say, who has the energy to get up at 7 a.m. on a Saturday and start preparing it in time for breakfast? Or, if my husband hates it, who in the world is going to eat the whole thing with me? And of course, there were the ongoing questions of “is a frittata really a dinner dish?” and “it’s like a quiche, right?” that I was both being asked and asking myself.

Still having no answers to these questions, I threw caution to the wind and decided to just go for it. And boy, am I glad I did! After spending a lazy Saturday afternoon whipping up Joy the Baker’s amazing Potato Frittata for dinner, I sliced into the steamy pile of potatoes, fresh parsley and chives, caramelized onions and bacon, took a bite and promptly melted into a puddle on the floor.

This potato frittata was so delicious, and surprisingly simple! Just thinly slice a few russet potatoes, toss ’em with a little oil, butter, salt and pepper, and bake. Meanwhile, whip up a nice little medley of heavy cream, eggs and herbs, and then wash it over the cooked potatoes in a nice big, straight-sided pan (I used a cast iron pot, but a large casserole dish would also be fine). You can leave out the bacon if you’d like, but I’d highly recommend you keep it for extra “mmm”!

Yes, it’s a little time-consuming for a casual morning breakfast, but this delicious dish is just the ticket to ooh’s and ahh’s if you’re having a nice brunch or a big meal that needs to feed a crowd. It can even be served as an impressive little side dish!

As delicious as it was, my pictures of the frittata didn’t look as appetizing as it was, so Debbie from the beautiful blog Squirrel Bakes gave me permission to use her lovely frittata photo. It looks a lot like my frittata did… just more put-together! Thanks, Debbie – I owe you one!

Potato Frittata

Potato Frittata

Yield: 6 to 8 servings


  • 5 Tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch thick slices
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 7 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons minced chives
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 4 strips raw bacon, optional, diced


  1. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Heat a medium saute pan over medium high heat and drizzle with 2 Tablespoons of the canola oil. Add the onions and cook until caramelized, about 8 to 10 minutes. Deglaze the pan with 1/4 cup of water, scraping any brown bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon. Cook until the water evaporates and the onions take on a uniform brown color, about 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer the onions to the roasting pan and toss with the raw sliced potatoes. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and the remaining 3 Tablespoons of oil. Toss with your hands. Season generously with salt and pepper. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Set the potatoes aside to cool for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees F.
  5. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, herbs and cream together. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. (optional) Saute bacon in medium saute pan, about 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Mop up excess grease with a handful of paper towels. Lay cooked bacon on a plate topped with a paper towel.
  7. Heat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium high heat. Melt the remaining 2 Tablespoons butter in the skillet, making sure that melted butter greases the side of the cast iron as well. Add the cooked potatoes to the pan. Top with the egg mixture. Cover the skillet with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 10 minutes more.
  8. Slice and serve directly from the skillet, warm or at room temperature.
  9. Enjoy!

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  1. Please give me more information. I love it, Thanks again.

  2. oh this looks so delicious and fresh

  3. I never tried making a frittata, yet. This sounds so good…if I had potatoes on hand, I’d make this right now for Sunday breakfast. Saving this to recipe file!

  4. Baking Serendipity says:

    I love frittatas and haven’t had one in so long. Thanks for the reminder! Yours looks delicious :)

  5. I love fritattas, and I’ve been craving potatoes, so I think I’d love this one! Especially with caramelized onions…YUM!

  6. I love potatoes and frittatas so this meal is perfect for me!

  7. Yum :) I love your blog, it gives me inspiration :)


  8. Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum….that’s all I have to say! :)

  9. My sister is coming to visit me tomorrow, and we may have to make this for breakfast on Wednesday. It just looks (and sounds) so very good! There is nothing like creamy potatoes to start the day off right! Thanks for sharing…I’m glad you took the leap!

  10. It is funny, frittata is something that I have been intending to make for years now, but it never seems to be the right time. I always think that Sunday breakfast would be perfect, but I never fancy making it then. You have inspired me to go for it!

  11. RavieNomNoms says:

    Yum! This looks really good!

  12. My whole family loves potatoes- they’d love this and so would I! It would be great for a leisurely brunch on a Saturday morning. It’s a lovely photo, but I’m sure yours was nice as well!

  13. This frittata turned out delicious! It was more time consuming than other frittata recipes I read online, but those thinly sliced potatoes were worth it that extra step. I used green onions and cilantro for my herbs instead cos that’s what I had, but still came out fabulous! I wasn’t sure when to add the bacon so I layered it between the potatoes. Served with pickled red onions on top for an extra fresh kick. Highly recommend! (but prepare yourself to spend like 2 hours making this lol)

  14. Tried this recipe for a brunch. [Made 2 rectangular foil pans with 2 pounds of Yukon potatoes and 9 eggs per pan with 3 medium caramelized onions and added shredded Asiago cheese (sorry, no bacon.)
    Yes, I broke the rules by tweaking the recipe but used the base as a guide.
    Hands down the easiest and most delicious thing on the menu. Everyone enjoyed it. This recipe made a believer out of someone who HATES eggs. Thank you so much!

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