Parma Ham and Spinach Mini Frittatas

Easy parma ham (or prosciutto) and spinach mini frittatas – an easy make-ahead breakfast to take with you on the go!

Spinach & Prosciutto Mini Frittatas |

Every family seems to have at least one recipe that is sacredly prepped every single holiday season and, to humans outside of the family, is completely, totally, mind-numbingly brain boggling (slash potentially a little gross).

For some, it’s a fully-loaded fruit cake with ultra processed fruit. Others may have a 78-step turkey preparation process that requires all forms of marinating, brining, basting, stuffing, roasting, smoking, and frying.

Perhaps your family’s ultra secret holiday brain-boggling recipe comes from the far reaches of the world, and in order for it to be authentically prepared, one must take a plane, train, and/or automobile to acquire the ultra rare ingredients. That, or place an order.

What’s your family’s crazy sexy cool (slash gross) recipe? I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours. Okay, I’ll tell you anyway.  My family’s off-the-wall holiday recipe is. . .

7-up salad. It includes, first and foremost, equal parts insanity and disgustingness, as well as lime Jell-O, whipped cream, cream cheese, mayonnaise, marshmallows, chunks of canned pineapple, walnuts, and of course, 7-Up  – – – > as-in-7-Up-yours.   Because why the hell wouldn’t you mash all of that crap together and call it salad?

I do love my family, I swear.

Big HOWEVER; If it were up to me, my each and every holiday would be: a.)void of 7-Up salad. Boohoo, it would SO not be missed…sorry, Mom, and b.) would include simple, fresh dishes that don’t include mayonnaise and pineapple in the same recipe.

Spinach & Prosciutto Mini Frittatas |


Enter the proscuitto (or parma ham) mini frittata. These parma ham and spinach mini frittatas are easy, unpretentious, AND they’re not made with 7-Up!

What is the difference between Parma ham and prosciutto? That’s easy. They’re pretty much the same, except they’re not.

Prosciutto pigs can be grown anywhere and be fed anything, whereas Parma ham pigs are specially bred and grown in the Emilia-Romagna in Italy. They must be certified by some swanky Italian board of Parma experts, and must be fed a diet of grains and parmigiano-reggiano whey.

Plus, the pigs must be grown for 9 months and weigh 140kg when harvested. Essentially, Parma ham is to prosciutto as Serena Williams is to Anna Kournikova. Sorry, Anna, pretty faces don’t make you awesome at tennis. Where was I? Oh yes…

The main bullet point is these mini frittatas are great for holiday entertaining. Simple and delicious. Can you make them using prosciutto instead of Parma ham? Does Anna Kournikova play tennis?

. . .

Let’s make great holiday food without Lime Jell-O. Let’s call a spade a spade and a salad a salad. Let’s make mini frittatas with parma ham!

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Spinach & Prosciutto Mini Frittatas |

Parma Ham and Spinach Mini Frittatas

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, deviled eggs, keto, paleo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 mini frittatas
Author: Julia

parma ham and spinach mini frittatas are an amazing make-ahead breakfast or brunch



  • 6 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 1 cup gruyere or cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 stalks green onion chopped
  • 2 cups baby spinach finely chopped
  • 1 cup parma ham chopped*


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and lightly oil a 12-hole muffin pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, lightly whisk together the eggs and half and half.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix to combine.
  4. Using a measuring cup, fill the muffin holes about half-way to ¾ of the way up.
  5. Bake in the oven for 27 to 30 minutes or until mini fritattas are firm and cooked through.
  6. Allow mini frittatas to cool at least 15 minutes before running a knife around the edges to pop them out of the muffin tray.

Recipe Notes

*I used the chunked parma ham, not the thinly-sliced kind


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  1. Julie

    You know what was one of the strangest things I’ve ever had was? I’m telling you anyway. It was what I thought was cheesy potatoes, and it turned out to be a potato-pineapple casserole thing. It was at a funeral dinner, and all of these little church ladies were looking at us, so my friend and I pretended that it was the most delicious food we’d ever eaten. That’s what I do if I were invited to your house, too, and eating 7-Up salad. Although I would gobble up these for breakfast. I’m not sure that this ParmaHam Is in central IL, though. I’ll look for it. I’ll assume the deli aisle? Oh. We don’t have strange foods at our gatherings. Just strange people, lol

    1. Julie

      I just found out that I inadvertently told an untruth. Turns out that the casserole I mentioned wasn’t potatoes and pineapple–it was just baked pineapple and cheese. Also, it appears that being wary of this combo does not endear you to the fine folks in TN. Just in case you ever go to a funeral dinner down there, be prepared. NOT CHEESY POTATOES! It’s a trick to fool us Yankees.

      1. Julia Post author

        Hahaaa! I’m so glad you came back to correct the untruth, because not only will I now be wary of every single Tennessee funeral I go to, but I am as aware as ever of the fact that there are people who actually cook pineapple and cheese together. Together. Just like that. That’s it. Pineapple and cheese. Those people exist. Mind. Boggled. 🙂

  2. Jennie @themessybakerblog

    I think I’ll pass on the 7-Up salad and take one of these cute little mini frittatas instead. No offense, Julia’s mom. I’m sure it’s real good, but I agree with Julia on the pineapple/mayo combo. My great grandmother used to make jell-o molds with veggies in it. Weird, chunky jell-o. Pass!

  3. Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes

    Utah is the capital of jello salad concoctions. I am not a fan. 🙂 Your family recipe sounds hilarious and I love how you describe it! Haha. But I would for sure love these frittatas!! Those look so tasty!! I love frittatas but never thought to bake them in muffin tins. Great idea!

  4. Abby

    I’m sorta curious about the 78 step turkey… haha And now my cup of tea looks so naked without a plate of these next to it. 🙂 Great idea girl!

  5. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    Hahaha! No joke, we have something similar in my family except it is called Hawaiian Salad. My grandma makes it and it just wouldn’t be the holidays without that Jell-O, coconut, pineapple, and mandarin orange mess of a salad! I think I want to make these for Christmas morning. I could prep them the night before and just bake them off first thing. Love this!

  6. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Seriously, I’m kicking myself for missing this post (and a bunch of others, hence the fact that you are getting #broccolibombed at the moment! ;)) because omg, girl, you had me laughing non-stop…well, until you had me dry heaving with the description of that salad. I’m gonna go ahead and thank my lucky stars that my mayo-obsessed family members haven’t discovered that one just yet. Ick!

    Does Anna Kournikova play tennis? Bahahaha!


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