Open-Faced Frittata

Redefine the classic combination of eggs and cheese into a new way to delight your taste buds.

Number of servings : 6

Prep time:

Cooking time: 5 to 10 minutes

Type of meal : | Breakfasts/Brunches | Breakfasts/Brunches

Special diet :


2 tbsp (25 mL) olive oil—divided
1 onion, diced
1/4 lb (125 g) cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh tarragon
1 tsp (5 mL) salt—divided
pinch pepper
6 eggs
1/3 cup (75 mL) water
3/4 cup (175 mL) grated Swiss, cheddar or Cantenaar cheese (3 oz/90 g)


1 roasted red pepper, peeled and thinly sliced
3 oz (90 g) goat cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup/125 mL)
2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh basil
4 oz (125 g) sliced ham or turkey, cut into strips


  1. Heat half the oil in a 10- in. (26-cm) nonstick, ovenproof skillet. Add onion and cook until tender and lightly browned. Add mush­rooms, half the salt and pinch of pepper. Cook until any liquid has evaporated and mush­rooms start to brown. Add tarragon. Transfer to a bowl. Wipe out pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs with water and remaining salt.
  3. Heat remaining oil in skillet. Add egg mixture. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring slightly, until bottom is set and top is creamy but not wet. Sprinkle grated cheese over the top and arrange toppings in strips as follows: mushrooms, red peppers, ham, goat cheese, leaving the last strip empty for basil after baking. Place in a pre­heated 350°F (180°C) oven for 5 to 10 minutes, until eggs have set, top­pings  and cheese are hot.
  4. Sprinkle basil beside the goat cheese. Serve so everyone gets strips of each topping.

Bonnie says: This is a great idea for a brunch or lunch. Other toppings include asparagus in the spring and corn kernels in the fall. Leftovers make great sandwiches.

Fran says: Eggs, lean ham and turkey are rich in good-quality protein, essential for building and repairing body tissues. These foods contain B vitamins, iron and zinc and they can keep you feeling more full after eating. Adding vegetables increases the nutrient content.

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