Make-ahead Frittata Squares with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Feta

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This frittata with spinach, tomatoes, and feta cheese is such a good make-ahead breakfast! Bake all in one dish, then reheat squares during the week.

Photography Credit: Sally Vargas

Think of frittata as an Italian cousin to the French omelet, with a few notable differences.

Instead of folding the omelet around the filling as the French do, Italian frittatas mix the eggs and filling together from the start and then bake them together in one dish. It’s a little like an open-faced omelet that can feed the whole family!

Frittata Squares with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Feta

Frittatas are usually cooked on top of the stove, and either flipped over in the skillet or finished in the oven. To make life easier, I’ve taken some liberties and eliminated the stovetop flipping step.

With this recipe, all the ingredients go into a baking dish and then straight into the oven. The preparation itself is quick – just quickly cook the filling ingredients and mix them into the eggs – while the time in the oven is a bit longer. Slow and gentle oven-cooking helps bring out the best texture in the frittata.

One other advantage of a baked frittata is that it can be made ahead, and individual squares can be reheated in the microwave for an easy grab-and-go breakfast. With eight servings from the pan, you have breakfast for the whole week!

This also makes a stellar make-ahead brunch recipe. Just add a salad, some crusty bread, and a bowl of fruit and you are ready to relax when guests arrive.

Make-ahead Frittata Squares with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Feta Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 9 squares

Ingredients

  • Butter (for the baking dish)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 5 ounces (about 3 1/2 packed cups) baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 12 large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup (about 5 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Special equipment:

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter a 2-quart baking dish.

2 Cook the vegetables: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes, or until just starting to soften but not yet falling apart. Transfer to a separate dish and set aside.

Add the the scallions to the pan and cook for about 1 minute, or until softened. Stir in the spinach and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring often, until the spinach wilts. Remove the pan from the heat and cool for a few minutes.

Stir in the crumbled feta cheese.

3 Whisk egg mixture: In a large bowl, gradually whisk the milk into the sour cream until smooth. Whisk in the eggs, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper.

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5 Assemble and bake the frittata: Transfer the spinach filling from the pan into the baking dish and pour the egg mixture over top. Scatter the tomatoes on top of the eggs so they peek out, and sprinkle with the parsley.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the eggs are set. You can check with a paring knife inserted in the middle; the eggs should be set and no longer be runny.

6 Serve: Cool the frittata for at least 10 minutes, and cut into 9 servings. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week, and reheat in the microwave.

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Sally Vargas

Sally Pasley Vargas is a freelance writer and the author of three cookbooks (Food for Friends, The Tao of Cooking, Ten Speed Press, and The Cranberry Cookbook). She currently writes the column The Confident Cook for The Boston Globe along with seasonal recipes for the Wednesday Food Section.

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  • Carol

    Use larger than an 8 x 8 pan. Baked this 90 minutes and although the bottom was brown, the eggs were not done on the top. A larger pan would bake more evenly. In the 8 x 8 pan, the watery eggs puffed up 2” above the edge of the pan.

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  • Sheryl Carrubba

    I made this for Christmas brunch. Beautifully festive and very tasty. I put three casseroles together, except for the tomatoes, the night before. Even though I set them out for a little while before baking, they still took a long time to cook all the way through- almost 90 mins. More than I think the refrigeration would account for, so maybe the spinach added too much moisture or something. I had to tent them with foil to keep them from over browning. But since I had a soup starter, everything worked out and they were a great hit. Still 5 stars since my issues were likely operator error, not recipe related!

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  • Liz

    Do you think you could assemble it a day ahead of time and refrigerate, then bake the next day? Or maybe make all the veggies a day ahead and then add the eggs in the morning? Need to serve a crowd and it sounds delicious!!

  • Kelley

    Have you ever done this recipe in a mini muffin pan? Thinking of a work social that this would be perfect for.

  • Cindy Hall

    We just finished eating this wonderful frittata! Every family member said it was delicious and said this recipe is a keeper!!! The seasoning is perfect just as the instructions read. I wouldn’t change a thing! Thank you for sharing!

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