This simple Ham and Cheese Frittata recipe is healthy, delicious, and comes together in just minutes! Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this low carb frittata is the perfect way to use up leftover Christmas or Easter ham. It’s great for the gluten free diet, and is keto-friendly as well!
Low Carb Ham and Cheese Fritatta
So you’ve made a ham! Yum. What do you do with all the leftovers?!
Leftover ham is great for sandwiches, soups, even casseroles, and of course, who doesn’t love ham and eggs? Alright, these eggs may not be green, but they are delicious!
I made this ham and cheese frittata recipe for dinner one weeknight. I love that it was ready in just 20 minutes, and also that the food didn’t stick to the cast iron skillet making clean up so much easier! Aside from helping to use up the leftover ham (I’m always looking for fun and easy ways to use up fresh ingredients), all I added was a few basic pantry staples ingredients: milk, cheese, eggs, kale, and tomatoes. The kale can be switched out for other greens that you have on hand, and the tomatoes can be skipped if you’d prefer it it be even lower carb. However, with just 2.7g net carbs per serving, I’d go ahead and toss those tomatoes in!
This keto frittata is also gluten free, and perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a post-holiday brunch to get started on those leftovers!
Ingredients for Ham and Cheese Fritatta
- Ham: I added leftover ham to this recipe. It’s chunky, delicious, and if you pan fry it a little beforehand, the fat renders down perfectly. This is such a great way to take care of leftovers after Christmas and Easter! If you don’t have leftover ham on hand, thick ham from your local deli (not wafer thin ham) is what you want to buy.
- Cheese: You can really use whatever melty cheese you prefer. I opted for a mild cheddar (although we hands down prefer sharp & mature) as it melts so well. Gruyere or gouda would also taste amazing. Adventurous? Try adding some blue cheese as well, like a Shropshire Blue or Roquefort.
- Kale: I wanted to throw in some greens for good measure, and kale is perfect for this recipe, however, if you have spinach on hand instead it will be tasty as well.
How do you make a fritatta?
Click through this Ham and Cheese Frittata story for all of the steps!
What’s the difference between an omelette and a fritatta?
The main difference between a frittata and an omelette is the way they are cooked. Frittatas, like this ham and cheese frittata, are cooked on the stove at first, and finished in the oven. However, an omelette on the other hand is cooked only on the stove top, and is usually folded over into a semi-circle, and can be flipped.
Is this a keto fritatta?
Yes! This Ham and Cheese Frittata comes to 2.7g of net carbs per serving, making it perfect for the keto diet. The entire recipe comes to 16.2g net carbs so you could easily eat half if you’re feeling hungry and still be hitting your keto macro goals.
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Ham and Cheese Frittata
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 oz kale
- 1 cup cheddar cheese 70g
- 6 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk or cream I used unsweetened almond milk
- pepper to taste
- 200 g ham
- 100g cherry tomatoes about 10
- 1-2 tsp dijon mustard optional, see notes*
- Preheat the oven to 180C/355F.
- Place a cast iron frying pan (or other oven-safe non-stick pan) over medium-high heat on the stove.
- Add the oil and ham, and sauté until the fat begins to render, about 5 minutes.
- Add the butter, kale and tomatoes cook for a further 5 minutes, until the kale softens, and then turn off the heat.
- Sprinkle the cheddar over the ingredients in the pan.
- Whisk the eggs, milk, and pepper in a separate bowl.
- Pour the egg mixture into the pan and place the pan into the oven on the middle shelf.
- Bake the frittata for 10 minutes, or until the egg is set and no longer jiggles.
- Remove the pan from the oven, slice and serve.