Make Ahead Hot Breakfasts for Cold Mornings (Leek and Ham Frittata)

leek goat cheese frittata

written by Katie of GoodLife Eats

I like starting my morning with something savory this time of year because there are so many sweet offerings to enjoy with the fall and winter holidays. Savory, protein-rich dishes like Frittata help balance out sweets like Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies and Hot Spiced Apple Cider that too often make it past my lips.

Frittatas offer a great opportunity to get creative in the kitchen as well as provide the chance to use whatever contents you have in your fridge.
I find that about 8 eggs, plus a splash a milk can be combined with almost any vegetable, cheese, and/or meat that I have on hand in the fridge for a delicious addition to the breakfast table.

Frittata Ingredient Combo Ideas

  • Leek + Ham + Goat Cheese
  • Spinach + Mushrooms + Red Pepper + Feta
  • Apple + Bacon + Cheddar (Recipe: Here)
  • Kale or Swiss Chard + Slow Roasted Tomatoes + Parmesan
  • Broccoli + Potato + Bacon + Cheddar

Do you have a favorite combo?

leek and goat cheese frittata

all photos by Katie of GoodLife Eats

We usually find ourselves quite rushed during the weekday mornings as we hurry to get everyone fed, dressed, and brushed before heading to school. And of course there are the occasional tantrums, sibling scuffles, and mornings where it is simply too hard to get out of a warm bed to account for.

That means I don’t have time to whip up much beyond toast, a bowl of quick-cook oatmeal, or cereal for breakfast. None of us like those ideas very much (except Logan who has a special love for toast), so we often opt for make-ahead ideas to nourish ourselves in the morning.

Lately I have taken to making a large frittata on less busy days that we can reheat throughout the week for no-fuss, no-mess hot breakfasts, but there are plenty of options that take a little bit of your time on one day and bless you for many days ahead.

More Make Ahead Hot Breakfasts Ideas

Leek and Ham Frittata with Goat Cheese
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Serves/Yield: 4 - 6
Ingredients
  • 3 large leeks (white and light-green parts only)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked, diced ham
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 3 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Halve the leeks lengthwise and slice 1/4 of an inch thick. Rinse the leeks of any residue dirt. Set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, well-seasoned cast-iron skillet or ovenproof nonstick skillet. Add the sliced leeks and saute for 4 - 6 minutes, or until the leeks are tender. Remove from heat. Add the ham and saute for an additional 1 - 2 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (or amounts according to your preferences).
  5. Remove the leeks and ham from the skillet and add to the whisked eggs along with the crumbled goat cheese. Gently stir to combine.
  6. Wipe out the skillet and grease the bottom and sides of the skillet with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Set the skillet over medium-low heat. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the prepared pan. Cook over medium-low heat without stirring for 8 - 10 minutes, or until the bottom is set.
  7. Transfer the frittata to the oven and bake until the top is set, about 5 - 10 minutes more. Cut into wedges and serve immediately.
  8. Make ahead option: Cool the baked frittata completely, cut into individual portions and store in a sealed food safe container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat portions as needed.

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What sorts of breakfasts do you prefer this time of year?

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Comments

  1. I love spinach and onion, cheese is optional in my family :-) We like oatmeal, egg sandwiches and scrambled eggs with potatoes – our chickens are laying a lot of eggs :-)
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  2. Yum! I love egg dishes and this looks like a great one. I also need to branch out from onions and use leeks a bit more.

  3. I love that flavor combo!! On weekdays I rarely stray from either avocado mushed onto hot toast or a semi-soft boiled egg mushed onto hot toast. Breakfast needs to be able to be eating while I do my hair!
    Stephanie’s last post: Homemade Feta – Cheesepalooza

  4. Nice post… Thanks.

  5. Leeks and Goat Cheese! Yum. This looks really good Katie. We’ve been eating a lot of granola for breakfast, but it’s getting time for warmer morning meals now. Looking forward to making this one!
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  6. This looks like a great dinner idea too! Love all the combo suggestions. Thanks!
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  7. I’m with Emily, I tend to make frittatas for dinner. They are such a nice quick meal to pull together with what you have on hand.
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  8. We love frittatas, but for some reason it never occurred to me to make them ahead for breakfast. Thank you for the idea!!
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  9. Delicious combination, it must be very tasty. I’ll try this recipe

  10. I do this almost every week! Some tried-and-true tips:

    - I do 8 eggs as well though 5 whole eggs and 3 egg whites.
    - I love how it turns out when I use my cast iron skillet.
    - Muy Bueno Cookbook has a delish recipe that uses potato and chorizo. That was probably my favorite combination.
    - Chicken sausage is great because it’s a light protein but usually comes packed with flavor like spinach and feta.
    - 1 or 2 slices of bacon, chopped go a long way. You’ll be amazed how little you need to get the flavor impact.
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  11. Wow, this frittata looks so yummy! I like to have a hot breakfast on a cold winter morning, especially on the weekends when you don’t have to rush and can make something so delicious. What can be better than a beautiful breakfast like this with a cup of morning coffee! Thanks for sharing!
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