Italian frittata with vegetables great for picnics

I was recently invited by Louise of Months of Edible Celebrations to take part on her yearly online picnic game. Louise is brilliant at hosting parties and her enthusiasm is contagious!

This is fun. You pick a letter and you make something to take on a picnic which begins with that letter. My one is I:  Italian frittata with vegetables, of course it had to be Italian!

I have chosen frittata because I have taken it on many “real” picnics before and given it to my children to take in their lunch box. It’s delicious warm or cold. It is also filling, nutritious and certainly healthy. Perfect at this time of year too.

Picnic Game

I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing  Italian frittata with vegetables.

Italian frittata with vegetables great for picnics

By 27/06/2014

This is an easy dish. I usually enjoy it with a side salad.

You can use any vegetables you like. Peppers go particularly well as they caramelize nicely and their taste becomes more intense and sweet as they cook. They need to be cooked separately first to achieve this and then you add the whisked eggs.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 30 minutes



Wash the vegetables. Remove the pepper's seeds and filaments and chop them into strips. Chop the onion finely and stir fry until translucent in a non-stick pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil .

Add the vegetables to the pan and cook them whilst stirring from time to time until they look caramelized. Add salt and pepper.

chopped vegetables

stir frying

Whip the eggs in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, chop the chives and basil leaves and add them to the whipped eggs. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir well.

whipped eggs

Pour the eggs onto the cooked vegetables, stir a little, add 2 tbsp of olive oil and keep stirring gently until there is a crust on one side.

adding eggs

With the help of a plate or a lid put the frittata upside down. Slide it back into the frying pan crust side up. Cook for a few more minutes until the other side has browned.

Italian frittata with vegetables

This is also perfect for this month outdoor food's theme at Family Foodies which is hosted by Lou of Eat Your Veg and Vanesther of Bangers & Mash.

And this is a cheap recipe to make so it will go down well at Credit Crunch Munch. Hosted this month by Linzi over at Lancashire Food but normally by Fab Food 4 All and Fuss Free Flavours.


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28 Responses to Italian frittata with vegetables great for picnics

  1. Beth

    I really love frittatas, and this version sounds delicious. Great idea to take on a picnic!

  2. Linzi Barrow

    Thanks for linking up to Credit Crunch munch, love frittata too !

  3. Louise

    Hi Alida!
    Oh my goodness, the memories your picnic dish brings back. This melody of eggs and veggies was a favorite at our house especially on Fridays. It was also toted on many an outside picnic in the back yard when we kids and yes, to school too. You are so right, it tastes delicious whether hot or cold. (I actually prefer it cold:) which is just perfect for our picnic! Must add the Parmesan too:)

    I better “bring” a long loaf of Italian bread for sandwiches. Everyone is going to want to taste your Italian Frittata. Better save room on your blanket:)

    Thank you so much for “playing” the Picnic Game, Alida. We are going to have tons of delicious dishes from many parts of the world. Amazing!

    • Alida

      Great! Nearly all ready for the big picnic then! So much lovely food from all over the world. I love it!

  4. gloria

    Im happy you come to ghe picnic too Alida really and is fun look all recipes!!
    I love your fritatta !

    • Alida

      Thank you Gloria. I am glad I joined the game!

  5. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    How wonderful for you to join us at the picnic! This recipe is yummy. I remember my mom making something very similar to this and she would put it in an Italian roll, wrap them in foil and bring it along for a picnic or even a family reunion picnic. Like Louise said it brings back memories and yes we would always have grated cheese on top. I will add your dish to my list as I have X so I need to post all of the other letters. Fabulous as ever…enjoy your weekend and will see you soon in July for the round up of Louise’s picnic game.
    Dottie 🙂

  6. Camilla @FabFood4All

    What a delicious looking Frittata, I’d love to have this on a picnic, thank you for entering Credit Crunch Munch!

    • Alida

      Thank you for hosting Camilla!

  7. Javelin Warrior

    The online picnic games are fun and this is definitely something I would snap right up at a a real picnic. I love the vibrant colors and so easy to make…

    • Alida

      Thank you Mark. Frittata is one of those classic dishes for picnics. So easy to prepare too!

  8. Cakelaw

    This looks so colourful with all the peppers – a great choice.

  9. Ivy Sew

    Hi Alida, First of all congrats on winning the Michael Caines Uniform Foodies! Wow, your Italian Frittata with Vegetables is indeed great for picnic. So delish and healthy. I am sure I am going to spread my blanket next to you. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe, Alida. See you at the picnic and regards 🙂

    • Alida

      Thank you Ivy. I love this picnic round-up! I am meeting such wonderful new friends and all the recipes are great!x

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  11. la cucina di Molly

    Simpatico questo gioco con le lettere! Buonissima questa frittata italiana, dal colore solare e gustosa, una frittata del tutto mediterranea, complimenti! Un abbraccio e felice weekend!

  12. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    I love frittata! It’s makes such a wonderful meal. And yours is so vibrant and beautiful….. Instantly transported to the Mediterranean!

  13. Choclette

    What a fun idea, but what happened to U? Frittata is delicious, but I’d never have thought of taking it on a picnic – I will now though.

  14. kitchen flavours

    Frittata is one of my favourites! I love the lovely colour of your frittata and it looks really delicious! Such a wonderful dish to bring for a picnic!

  15. Diana

    Alida! The picnic game seems fun and your recipe delicious! I am off now to see your post about your super cool win of Michael Caines!

  16. Rumbling Tummy

    This definitely brighten up the picnic buffet table.

    • Alida

      Thank you 🙂

  17. Marjie

    This is a nice, light dish – perfect for a picnic!

  18. Lou, Eat Your Veg

    Love a frittata Alida, and yours looks delish. And sliced cold they do make the perfect picnic fodder. Thanks so much for linking up to June’s Family Foodies ‘Al Fresco’ event.

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  20. Barbara

    This is a fantastic recipe. I love it. 🙂

    • Alida

      Thanks my friend! 🙂

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