Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Potato Basil Frittata

It's warm, beautiful outside and feeling like Spring. I love it. I can finally ditch the sweaters and wear short-sleeves. Tomatoes, strawberries and tons of herbs are back in the store. Basil seems to be everywhere and is so delicious in this Potato Basil Frittata. It's hearty enough to serve for dinner and makes enough to feed 6-8 hungry people.

Potato Basil Frittata
by Ina Garten


  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 cups peeled and 1/2-inch diced boiling potatoes (4 potatoes)
  • 8 extra-large eggs
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 pound Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder


Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a 10-inch ovenproof omelet pan over medium-low heat. Add the potatoes and fry them until cooked through, turning often, about 10 to 15 minutes. Melt the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter in a small dish in the microwave.
Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, then stir in the ricotta, Gruyere, melted butter, salt, pepper, and basil. Sprinkle on the flour and baking powder and stir into the egg mixture.
Pour the egg mixture over the potatoes and place the pan in the center of the oven. Bake the frittata until it is browned and puffed, 50 minutes to 1 hour. It will be rounded and firm in the middle and a knife inserted in the frittata should come out clean. Serve hot.


  1. Yum. I will def. be making this. I am a basil addict!!!

  2. Yummy! That looks like one amazing egg recipe!

  3. This is so unique!!! I don't love eggs, but I'm all about potatoes and basil and ricotta cheese sooo....I am now super curious!

  4. This looks very yummy.

    I'm currently organizing a blog hop event, "Cook like a star", theme "Barefoot Contessa" and would like to invite you to link up this Ina's dish with us. Interested?

  5. This looks so delicious!! Can't wait to try this when the basil gets going in the garden.

  6. Ohhh, this looks like a really good spring evening meal. I almost made a frittata for dinner tonight! I'm going to save this for a weekend morning treat for this weekend.