What's the difference between a quiche and a frittata, anyway? Get the answer, read about the origins of both egg dishes, and find our best quiche and frittata recipes here.
What's the difference between a quiche and a frittata, anyway? When you break it down, there are some fairly simple distinctions between these two egg dishes. The quiche, which is technically a tart, originated in France. Quiches typically involve a pastry crust filled with a savory custard mixture made up of eggs and milk or cream, which all gets baked in an oven. Jet over to Italy and you'll find the frittata, which roughly translates to "fried." Unlike the quiche, frittatas are crustless and rarely made with milk or cream. Frittatas are cooked on the stovetop (sometimes finished in the oven) and typically served hot, whereas quiches are often eaten chilled.
The bottom line? Whether you're a fan of crusted quiches or prefer warm slices of frittata, both dishes make for an equally delicious vessel for a plethora of vegetables, cheeses, and meats. Below, you'll find a few of our very best quiche and frittata recipes with flavors and fillings that make every slice even more special.
1. Hash Brown Crusted Summer Harvest Quiche
After spending a season caring for your prized heirloom tomatoes, this vegetarian recipe is here to help you showcase the summer harvest. A crispy cheddar hash brown crust gives a satisfying crunch to every bite, while a vegetable-forward filling makes this quiche an essential recipe for any backyard gardener with produce to spare.
2. Italian Frittata with Asparagus
Inspired by fresh produce and some classic Italian flavors, this asparagus, zucchini, tomato, and ricotta frittata is a stunning example of the magic that home cooks of any skill level can create in the kitchen.
3. Parmesan Pasta Frittata with Spring Greens
We'll just come right out and say it: this leftovers-friendly dish breaks most of the traditional quiche and frittata recipe rules. But as long as you can handle trading a flaky crust for a satisfying pasta and fresh greens filling, you'll find a refreshing meal in each delicious slice.
4. Caramelized Onion and Gruyére Quiche
Flaky almond flour crust plus creamy egg custard is a match made in heaven. Add sweet and savory caramelized onions and melty Gruyére to the mix, and suddenly you've got a quiche masterpiece on your hands.
5. Roasted Sweet Potato and Kale Frittata
A healthy breakfast doesn't have to be time consuming or labor intensive, and the best frittata recipes are neither. Nutritious, filling, and dotted with creamy goat cheese, this roasted sweet potato and kale frittata will take you only half an hourbefore heading out the door.
6. Fluffy Crustless Quiche
Maybe you're avoiding gluten, or maybe just want that iconic fluffy, creamy, custardy, rich quiche filling without the carb-heavy crust. Either way, say hello to your new favorite breakfast recipe: the ultimate crustless quiche.
7. Healthy Mexican Frittata with Pico de Gallo
No time to make huevos rancheros or your favorite breakfast enchiladas? Have no fear: you can get your fill of Tex-Mex and Southwestern flavors by frying up this healthy Mexican frittata in 20 minutes—jalapeños, pico de gallo, cilantro, and all.
8. Mini Cheese and Ham Quiches
If you're hosting brunch with friends, these mini ham and cheese quiches are a must. Who could say no to bite-size tarts filled with the classic flavor combination, all wrapped up in crispy, golden pie crust? Serve with a side of ketchup for dipping if it floats your boat.
9. Potato Quiche
As the name suggests, this quiche trades pastry crust for a nest of shredded potatoes, which is then filled with eggs, milk, browned ground beef, and a good melting cheese. Of all our best quiche recipes, this is our heartiest one.
10. Swiss Onion Quiche
It's one of our favorites for a reason: Swiss cheese, sautéed onion, and crispy bacon come together in a perfect trifecta of flavor, giving this quiche a total remix that you can taste in every bite.