Recipe: Tomato Basil Frittata

Cheryl Paff

Cheryl Paff › Cheryl Paff is the owner of Black-Eyed Suzie’s Upstate, a catering company and traveling food ...


Frittatas are a near-perfect breakfast food. They are extremely easy to make, yet come out looking elegant enough to serve company at brunch.

This frittata recipe features peak season ripe tomatoes, fresh basil and delicate mozzarella cheese – playing up the classic Caprese salad flavor combination while the late summer harvest still lets us.

(makes 8 servings)
Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Frittata

8 Eggs

Salt & Pepper

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

2 Shallots – finely sliced

1 Cup of Fresh Mozzarella – diced

1/2 Cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano – grated

Several thin slices of Ripe Tomato

Several Fresh Basil leaves – chopped


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Arrange one rack in the middle of the oven and one rack several inches below the broiler.

Whisk the eggs together with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper.

Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots. Sprinkle with a little salt & pepper, saute until soft and golden, 4-5 minutes.

Pour the eggs over the shallots and stir to combine. Evenly distribute the cheeses over the top of the eggs. Tilt the pan and lift the edges of the frittata to allow the eggs to run underneath. Cook until the edges are set but the center is still jiggly, 2-3 minutes. Arrange the tomato slices over the top of the eggs and place the skillet into the oven on the middle rack for 8-10 minutes or until the frittata has puffed up slightly and almost completely set in the center.

Change the oven setting to turn the broiler on, move the skillet to the top rack for 2 minutes or until the center of the frittata is completely set and the top is lightly browned. Remove from the oven. Slide a spatula around the edges and slide (or invert) the frittata onto a wood cutting board or a plate.

Season the tomatoes with a bit of salt, sprinkle the basil over the top. Slice and serve.

This recipe originally appeared It is re-posted here with permission of the author.

Photo Credit: Cheryl Paff

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