Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Frittata

When I wake up, I don’t crave sweet pancakes or pastries, and I definitely don’t crave scrambled eggs. When I wake up, I want dinner. Pasta, steak, sauteed mushrooms; most days I eat leftovers for breakfast. The more savory the better.

My hubby is the breakfast cook in our family. He is an expert omelet maker and french toast flipper.  We have a standing joke that mommy can cook anything, except for breakfast. So when I do amaze my family by pulling out pans first thing in the morning, I make a breakfast that is more like dinner. Happy mommy = happy family, right?

Frittata, a dish that’s breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch all rolled into one! It’s an elegant and filling meal for any occasion and is quick to prepare.

The word frittata comes from the Italian phrase “to fry” and is considered an open-face omelet of sorts. That means you can load your skillet with just about any filling, like a regular omelet. Actually the more ingredients you add to the frittata the better, because it thickens the frittata gives it better visual appeal.

So how does one make a perfect frittata that effortlessly slips out of the skillet in one dazzling circle? I’ll let you…

First make sure to add an ample amount of oil to the skillet and whirl it around until the sides are covered.

Then heat that skillet until it is literally “smoking-hot.”

Have your egg and milk mixture ready. When the skillet is smoking, grab the handle and briskly move the skillet around in little circles–that way when you pour the egg mixture in, it moves around the bottom and creates a skin. Continue pouring until all the eggs are in the skillet and the edges are already golden brown.

Add the filling to the egg mixture and top with fresh herbs or cheese (or both!)

Then pop it in the oven to finish cooking. Voila! A perfect Frittata.

For this particular frittata, I added a mix of earthy crimini and oyster mushrooms, zucchini, shallots and rich creamy goat cheese. These rustic, yet elegant, flavors take this frittata to a new realm of goodness. Of course you do need to precook the mushrooms and zucchini to render out the extra liquid. Yet the few extra minutes deepen the mushroominess and give the frittata a flavor that is worth every second of your time.

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130 comments on “Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Frittata

  1. Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Growposted May 23, 2011 at 6:46 am Reply

    Yum! I love frittata! That looks wonderful!

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  4. Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviewsposted May 23, 2011 at 6:43 am Reply

    Great instructions on how to make the perfect frittata, thanks! I love frittatas and this one looks like a winner.

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  7. Maris (In Good Taste)posted May 23, 2011 at 6:46 am Reply

    This looks like an amazing breakfast. I have heard of breakfast for dinner but this is dinner for breakfast! Lucky family you have!

  8. sweetlifeposted May 23, 2011 at 6:48 am Reply

    great tips fritttatas are widely popular in our home..glad you had a blast at blogher!!


  9. Lana @ Never enough Thymeposted May 23, 2011 at 7:29 am Reply

    The frittata looks absolutely mouth-watering. I love goat cheese with eggs. Something about that extra “tanginess” wakes up the whole dish. I’ll definitely be trying this very soon. And, I’ve shared this post on StumbleUpon.

  10. Cheryl Stoyposted May 23, 2011 at 7:32 am Reply

    Okay…I am so making this in the next few days…great pics and great directions!

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  18. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted May 23, 2011 at 8:07 am Reply

    I love a good wild mushroom frittata. Well… I love a good wild mushroom anything when I stop and think about it. I like to finish with a sprinkling of truffle salt (no truffle oil in my pantry). Thanks for sharing!

  19. jennaposted May 23, 2011 at 8:16 am Reply

    ooooo this looks amazing!! holy yumminess!! Frittas are perfect for weeknight dinners. so fast and easy!!

  20. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted May 23, 2011 at 9:17 am Reply

    Wishing I had been. Last year I said next year, yet…no show again. The goody bag would help. :)

    I love anything mushroom and while I make mushroom quiche fairly regularly; not sure why I pass on the frittata. Won’t happen again, promise.

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  21. Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)posted May 23, 2011 at 8:46 am Reply

    You and I have the same idea about breakfast. I’ll take a dinner item rather than a sweet one any day. Love your frittata–it has all the flavors that I would add in one that I would make myself. Great tip to prevent sticking, too. :-)

  22. RavieNomNomsposted May 23, 2011 at 8:47 am Reply

    YUM! I am so obsessed with frittatas and quiches lately! This looks absolutely delicious!

  23. The Mistress of Spicesposted May 23, 2011 at 9:00 am Reply

    This sounds delish, and I do happen to have all the ingredients for it on hand (minus the wild mushrooms – regular ones will have to do). Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  24. soniaposted May 23, 2011 at 9:04 am Reply

    Dear this is looking an appetizing frittata, cudn’t resist making one for myself, so fresh and good !
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    LOVE the idea of dinner for breakfast. This frittata looks amazing!

  27. Carolynposted May 23, 2011 at 9:22 am Reply

    Frittata holds a special place in my heart, because it is the first gourmet meal I ever made my husband. I was so thrilled with how easy and delicious it was. This one has the makings of an awesome frittata!

  28. Triciaposted May 23, 2011 at 10:07 am Reply

    Gotta love Frittata’s……

  29. Heather at FarmgirlGourmetposted May 23, 2011 at 10:16 am Reply

    Yum….that looks amazing. Now I’m hungry – again! :)

  30. Deb @ knitstamaticposted May 23, 2011 at 10:25 am Reply

    Your frittata looks delicious! Love making htem for dinner.

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  35. Gwen~healthymammaposted May 23, 2011 at 10:36 am Reply

    I love frittatas for breakfast or dinner. Mushrooms and zuk is a wonderful combination, also asparagus.
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    I follow you on Twitter. Don’t know if that counts as an extra entry since your directions said ‘or’, but everyone else was leaving multiple comments so I’m leaving one just in case. delete this if not.

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  39. Jennifer in SCposted May 23, 2011 at 10:53 am Reply

    Frittata looks great, but I’m calling dibs on that muffin!

  40. carolinaheartstringsposted May 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm Reply

    That looks just fantastic. I cannot wait to give this recipe a try.

  41. Victoria @ Mission: Foodposted May 23, 2011 at 11:05 am Reply

    I love breakfast foods. It’s funny that you don’t usually cook breakfast food, but you definitely did a great job here :) I’m more of a quiche girl (love the buttery crust) but frittatas as awesome too. I love the mushrooms and goat cheese.

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  44. Saee Koranne-Khandekarposted May 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm Reply

    OMG! It is close to midnight and I want that frittata NOW! Gorgeousness on a plate.

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  47. Andrea @From the Bookshelfposted May 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm Reply

    I am so with you on the breakfast front! The more savory the better.

  48. [email protected]posted May 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm Reply

    OMG I had this for breakfast this weekend from BLD in LA and it was so good! Now I can make it at home with your recipe. (No excuses!).

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  51. Lindaposted May 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Sommer, Great tip on circling the smoking hot pan! I’m definitely going to try this out next time I make a frittata. And seeing that I enjoy breakfast foods for dinner, this will probably be a weeknight dinner!!

  52. 5 Star Foodieposted May 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm Reply

    A gorgeous frittata, such delicious flavors, love the goat cheese here!

  53. Pudding Pie Laneposted May 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm Reply

    Oh no! I’m in the UK :( Guess I’ll just marvel at these photos instead :) I LOVE that you’ve used oyster mushrooms and very creamy goats cheese, sounds like my kind of meal, and my mum would love it too (happy mummy = happy me)

  54. Lizposted May 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm Reply

    This frittata looks amazing! I’d much rather have this than a danish or donut, too!

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  59. Valerieposted May 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm Reply

    It looks delicious, i love it, and your photos are great!!

  60. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted May 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm Reply

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  61. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted May 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm Reply

    I subscribe by email :) And I must say the Frittata looks delicious. I could eat those mushrooms right out of the pan. And … I see something that looks like a lovely strawberry muffin hiding in the background. I have strawberries in my fridge and need something else to make – you sharing that recipe? Ha-ha – it looks amazing!

  62. Malliposted May 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm Reply

    I will have to agree with you on the “breakfast Cravings” —- I too love savory things for breakfast and frittata, omelettes or quiches are my favorite things. Absolutely love your frittata with goat cheese and mushrooms:)

  63. pachecopattyposted May 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm Reply

    This is one gorgeous frittata, love the pieces of zucchini and mushrooms;-)
    The colors in your photos are so intense, would you share your secret????

  64. Feast on the Cheapposted May 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm Reply

    Looks wonderful!

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  67. Erinposted May 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm Reply

    I have never made a frittata before, kind of intimidating. But not anymore. Thanks!

  68. Eileenposted May 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm Reply

    I wouldn’t mind a slice of that frittata anytime during the day. It sounds wonderful – love mushrooms and goat cheese. Hope you had a great trip. I’m tweeting this post now!

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    I’m Canadian, so I can’t enter. Rats! Good luck to everyone else!

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    i cant wait to hear more abt blogher… i am jealous!

  72. torviewtorontoposted May 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm Reply

    flavourful delicious and colourful frittata

  73. Priya Mahadevanposted May 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm Reply

    thats one fine looking frittata! Looks perfect!

  74. Dmarieposted May 23, 2011 at 6:36 pm Reply

    Love the tip about how to get a frittata to slip from the pan. Thanks, Spicy! As an e-mail subscriber, I always enjoy popping in here. And as long as I’ve been cooking, I still have much to learn, so I appreciate you teaching as well as providing the eye candy and great recipes!

  75. elle marieposted May 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm Reply

    YAY I giveaway.. so generous of you!!! The photos look fabulous.. what is a French Toast Flipper? Did I get that right?

  76. Tereseposted May 23, 2011 at 8:45 pm Reply

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  79. Mary @ Delightful Bitefulsposted May 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm Reply

    Love your presentation! This looks crazy delicious!!!

  80. An Alaskan Cooks | Alaska Food and Wineposted May 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm Reply

    I don’t want any swag … that’s not my reason for posting.

    This evening I saw your frittata recipe on FoodBuzz, read through it here, and saved it to my file. It looks quick, easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing it with your readers.

  81. Delishhhposted May 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm Reply

    very yummy frittata – very nice recipe!

  82. Angie's Recipesposted May 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm Reply

    Sommer, what a beautiful and delicious looking frittata you are sharing with us! Thumbs up just for you!

  83. Baking Serendipityposted May 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm Reply

    My husband is the savory breakfast maker at our house…he can seriously hold his own when it comes to making omlettes! I’m definitely going to share this frittata recipe with him…and see if I can’t convince him to make it for me next weekend :)

  84. Christyposted May 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm Reply

    Hahahaha….dinner for breakfast? That’s an amusing idea, but anyway, what’s stopping you, right?:p
    I’ve always associated frittatas with plane food, as they are usually the breakfast choice when flying across the Atlantic Ocean, and I bet yours taste better! Haha, yeah, come to think of it, sometimes when we cross the time borders, breakfasts end up as dinners or vice versa….so who cares, eat whatever you want and whenever you want it!:p

  85. marlaposted May 24, 2011 at 5:34 am Reply

    I also love the ease & flavors of a good frittata! Love that you can put anything in them and that they are virtually goof proof too :)

  86. mimosacafeposted May 24, 2011 at 6:34 am Reply

    looking so delicious. have a beautiful day.

  87. Emily @Cleanlinessposted May 24, 2011 at 8:43 am Reply

    Love this frittata! Following :)

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    My mama would absolutely LOVE this! What a great giveaway! I’m a Facebook subscriber. :)

  89. Biren @ Roti n Riceposted May 24, 2011 at 8:36 am Reply

    The frittata looks great! I can eat it any time of the day.

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    We’re subscribing by RSS and we think frittata are the perfect meal!

  91. Aimeeposted May 24, 2011 at 11:28 am Reply

    Wowza does that look good! I love love love mushrooms. Thanks for sharing!

  92. Tiffanyposted May 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm Reply

    What a great earthy flavor combination! Looks delish Sommer!

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  94. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted May 25, 2011 at 5:13 am Reply

    I’m definitely a breakfast person, but I’m more on the sweet side. I like to start the day with oats or yogurt and fruit. Frittatas are what I call dinner! Isn’t it funny how we all have such different habits when it comes to breakfast.

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  97. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted May 25, 2011 at 5:53 am Reply

    I make a frittata about once every couple of weeks… when we’re in dire need of using up our CSA produce. Thank you for the helpful tips!

  98. Julie M.posted May 25, 2011 at 8:03 am Reply

    Yum! I love a good frittata. This looks really good; especially considering you added in mushrooms and goat cheese. Two of my favorite foods!

  99. Steve @ HPDposted May 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm Reply

    Fine Cooking had a great Frittata 101 last year. Was more of a flow-chart than a recipe, resulting in about a billion combos.

    • Sommerposted May 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm Reply

      Hey Steve, I think the Italians had a handle on a wide array of frittatas long before Fine Cooking. ;)

  100. Steve @ HPDposted May 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm Reply

    For what it’s worth, lots of recipes go with oven roasting the veggies instead of sautéing, to keep the water content down. But I personally prefer sautéing to keep everything on the soft side.

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  102. kankanaposted May 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm Reply

    gorgous ! I am making this for our weekend breakfast .. i love eggs and with mushroom the frittata will taste double yummy :)

  103. Debbieposted May 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm Reply

    I just made a goat cheese frittata for breakfast this weekend with leftover broccoli, yours look delicious as well. I have always wanted to try truffle oil, good idea for a frittata!

  104. Quay Po Cooksposted May 26, 2011 at 3:42 am Reply

    Frittata is like a blank piece of canvas. This is one versatile dish that you can let your imagination go wild. I like your version and definitely will try this soon.

  105. Shilpaposted May 26, 2011 at 5:05 am Reply

    That frittata looks amazing…I love this brilliant lunch/dinner dish…the pictures are amazing, especially love the idea of using a whole lot of assorted mushrooms..love their earthiness.


  106. Steve @ HPDposted May 26, 2011 at 6:28 am Reply

    Fine Cooking did a Frittata 101 last year … listed a dozen options for each category, such as meats, cheeses, herbs, veggies, etc, and how much of each to throw in to keep it balanced. As a result, you got thousands of permutations from one recipe. Total dude way of cooking!

    I can’t look at a picture of mushrooms without hearing Julia Child lecture me to not crowd them on the pan. Was that in Julie and Julia?


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    This dish new for me Definitely a must try! Looks so appealing! i’m follow u facebook. plz follow me in facebook .

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  109. Julia @ DimpleArtsposted May 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm Reply

    Awesome looking frittata. Great for a Saturday breakfast idea:)

  110. Janposted May 27, 2011 at 8:44 am Reply

    I have never made a frittata…may try now.

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  112. Nganposted May 27, 2011 at 9:29 am Reply

    I love your website and this recipe is so easy to make! Will definitely try this.

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    Frittata sounds delicious…! I subscribed…

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  119. Liz Berry Wagnerposted May 28, 2011 at 11:52 pm Reply

    Gotta love frittatas and I always add lots of ingredients as well like zucchini and red potatoes and onions. This one looks delicious and I will certainly try it out. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes!!

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    One word…Perfection!

  123. Stephanieposted July 2, 2013 at 7:40 am Reply


    Does goat milk have to be used in this recipe? Can a heavy cream or other milk be used?

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