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Best recipes for leftovers: roast potato, broccoli and stilton frittata recipe


Photo: Inca is a fan of frittata too

Photo: Inca is a fan of frittata too

“Are you really up for making a frittata. It’s such a palaver, peeling and boiling all those potatoes.”
“I’m not doing potatoes.”
Danny was horrified.
“But we have to have potatoes. That’s the best bit.”
“I’m using the left over roast potatoes from Sunday.”
“Oh. I didn’t know there were leftovers.”

Ever since Veronica left a comment saying that a frittata is a great way of using up leftovers I’ve been determined to do just that. The problem is that we don’t have many leftovers as they are usually guzzled by all things beginning with D (Danny and the dogs).

Last Sunday I skipped supper and went to bed very early. So there were plenty of leftovers – spuds and purple sprouting broccoli – which I swiftly hid in the fridge. Poking around in the fridge I’d also discovered an elderly slab of Stilton and some cheddar cheese. Possibly perfect ingredients for an experimental frittata.

I didn’t mention to Danny that I was using the leftover broccoli as it looked a bit sad in its dish and he was happily wrapped around his computer in The Rat Room.

I gave the spuds and broc a five minute blast of heat in Andrew. Next time I don’t think I’d bother with this step as the slow frittata cooking time would heat them both to perfection.

The result was surprisingly good. Roast potatoes are far more delicious than the sliced boiled spuds that I usually use. A little more effective in the increasing your waistline stakes but worth it as an occasional treat. When you next make roast potatoes why not cook a few more and indulge in this scrumptious feast.

Roast potato, broccoli and stilton frittata


2 tbsp of olive oil
6 large eggs (or 9 bantam eggs)
50g of mature Stilton (cut into 1 cm cubes)
45g of mature Cheddar (cut into 1 cm cubes)
50g of cooked purple sprouting broccoli
Half a tsp of chilli sherry or a quarter tsp if cayenne pepper
Half a tsp of garlic granules or a small finely chopped garlic clove
8 medium roast potatoes – each sliced into 4
25g of grated mature cheddar for final topping


Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan (medium heat, lid on)
Meanwhile crack the eggs into a large bowl, add the chilli sherry and garlic granules and beat until all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
Add the cubed Stilton, Cheddar cheese and purple sprouting broccoli and stir gently to disperse.
Pour the egg, brocolli and cheese mixture into the hot sauté pan and immediately lower the heat (our hob has settings from 1-9 so I chose 2).
After a minute or so place the sliced roast potatoes on top and sprinkle the grated Cheddar cheese over them.
The frittata will take about 20 minutes to cook. After five minutes or so use a fish slice or spatula to lift the frittata away from the surface of the sauté pan (just a few millimetres so that you can peek at the base). If it is golden brown turn the temperature down to one so as not to let it burn. Lift the frittata in the same way every five minutes or so.

After 20 minutes or so it should be cooked through – if necessary put it under a high grill to brown the top.

Serve on warm plate with some good beer.

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  1. Broadsword Callin

    Thanks another winner.

    Added red pepper, some ancient St Agur blue cheese and bacon.

    Smelt great and boy did it taste good!

    Keep the faith.

  2. seahorse

    Inspirational! I don’t happen to have leftovers, but I do have chard in the garden and goats’ cheese in the fridge. So now I know what I’m having for tea tonight. Thanks 🙂

  3. Ruthdigs

    Ooh this sounds lovely. I always do extra roasties – I love them cold the next day and Coking for one I figure I may as well fill the oven when I’m using it. I’ll have to try some in this frittata now – not sure my waistline will be pleased though. 😉
    I do like the idea of using the term Rechauffe for leftover recipes – I vote for it in the forum!!

  4. This is my fave leftovers dish too. I remember learning about leftovers in my school cookery classes – the lesson was called “Rechauffe Dishes”!!!!! They dont teach this in schools nowadays – mores the pity. xxx

  5. veronica

    Cottage Smallholder frittata is now a very firm favourite among our “default dinners”. Even if you have to cook the potatoes first, it’s very quick and simple to do.

    It’s lovely picnic food too. Wrap it up in foil and newspaper while still slightly warm.

  6. One of my favourite meals – leftovers fritt! Leftover roast veg of all descriptions work well, as do all leftover greens. You are right – you don’t need to preheat, they will heat up fine in the pan during the cooking phase. You can also first gently sauté an onion if you want to stretch the veg component, or fry off some bacon to add a savory element, or slice that going soft tomato onto the top before adding the egg for some colour ……

  7. Oh goodness, my waistline is never going to stand it

  8. Toffeeapple

    Fiona,if you keep on making my favourite meals I shall have to take a room in your cottage. The Fritatta sounds extra delicious. The problem is that OH never has leftover roasties, his daughter sees to that.

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