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Ham and Cheese Quiche Recipe

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Ham and Cheese Quiche

Ham and cheese quiche is a simple yet delicious dish that you can whip up with just a few ingredients. What makes this quiche special is its creamy, cheesy filling combined with savory ham, all nested in a buttery pie crust.

You can easily customize the quiche by trying out different cheeses or adding some veggies. It’s a perfect dish for any meal of the day, whether it’s breakfast, brunch, or even dinner. Not only is it tasty, but it also makes for great leftovers that you can quickly reheat.

Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner, making a ham and cheese quiche is straightforward and rewarding. With a pre-made pie crust, your job becomes even easier. Dive in and enjoy a satisfying slice of this classic quiche!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Main Ingredients

Ham: Use diced ham for the quiche. Substitute with cooked bacon or cooked sausage if you prefer.

Cheese: Usually, cheddar cheese is used. Alternatives include Swiss, Gruyère, or Monterey Jack.

Pie Crust: A pre-made pie crust works great. You can also make your own or use a gluten-free crust if needed.

Egg Mixture

  • Eggs: 5 large eggs
  • Half-and-Half or Heavy Cream: Half-and-half gives a rich texture. Substitute with milk for a lighter option.
  • Salt and Pepper: Basic seasoning. Adjust to taste.
  • Onion Powder: Adds flavor. Can replace with minced fresh onions or shallots.

Extra Flavorings

Green Onions: Adds freshness. Swap with chives or leeks if preferred.

Mustard: Optional but adds a tangy flavor. Use Dijon or yellow mustard.

Nutmeg: A pinch adds warmth. You can skip it or use a little cinnamon instead.

Toppings

Extra Cheese: Sprinkle extra cheese on top for a cheesy crust. Use the same cheese type as inside or mix it up.

Feel free to mix and match these ingredients based on what you have at home or your taste preferences.

Instructions


  1. Prepare Your Oven
    Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Place a baking tray on the center rack.



  2. Make the Egg Mixture
    In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs for about 20-30 seconds. Then add half-and-half, salt, pepper, and any optional seasonings like onion powder or mustard. Stir until combined.



  3. Prepare the Filling
    Mix ham and any desired veggies like chopped onions or leeks. Combine the ham mixture with shredded cheese.



  4. Assemble the Quiche
    Pour part of the ham and cheese mixture into the pie crust. Carefully pour in the egg mixture, then add the rest of the ham and cheese on top.



  5. Bake
    Place the quiche on a baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the center is set and the top is golden brown.



  6. Cool and Serve
    Let the quiche cool slightly before serving. Enjoy warm or chilled!


Tips, Tricks & Storing

Use Fresh Ingredients: Make sure you use fresh ham, cheese, and eggs for the best flavor. Fresh ingredients make a big difference.

Blind Bake the Crust: To prevent a soggy bottom, bake the pie crust for a few minutes before adding the filling. This will keep the crust crispy.

Customize Your Quiche: You can add vegetables like spinach, mushrooms, or bell peppers to your quiche. Just make sure to cook and drain them first so they don’t make the quiche watery.

Cheese Choices: Cheddar is a classic choice, but you can mix in other cheeses like Swiss or Gruyere for more flavor.

Evenly Spread Ingredients: Make sure the ham and cheese are spread evenly in the pie crust before pouring in the egg mixture. This helps ensure every bite has a good mix of flavors.

Cool Before Slicing: Let the quiche cool for at least 30 minutes after baking. This helps it set and makes it easier to slice.

Storing: Cover the quiche with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to 4 days.

Freezing: You can freeze quiche for up to 2 months. Wrap it tightly in freezer-safe plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then warm it in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 20 minutes.

Reheating: Heat leftovers in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes or microwave slices for 1-2 minutes.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Recipe Variations

Vegetarian: Swap the ham for spinach, mushrooms, or bell peppers. Tip: Sauté the veggies before adding them to the quiche to remove excess moisture.

Cheese Choices: Try different cheeses like Swiss, Gruyère, or Monterey Jack. Mix your favorite cheeses for a unique blend!

Dairy-Free: Use almond milk or soy milk instead of half-and-half.

Crust Options: You can use store-bought or homemade pie crust. For a low-carb option, try a crust made from almond flour or just go crustless.

Serving Suggestions

Breakfast: Serve your quiche warm with a side of fresh fruit or a smoothie.

Brunch: Pair it with a simple green salad, mimosas, and some pastries.

Dinner: Turn it into a main course by serving with a hearty soup or roasted vegetables.

Reheating: Quiche can be enjoyed cold or reheated. To reheat, place it in a 300°F oven for about 20 minutes.

Garnishing: Add a sprinkle of fresh herbs like parsley, chives, or basil right before serving to enhance the flavor and presentation.

Tips

  • Prep Ahead: Make the quiche a day in advance and store it in the fridge.
  • Freezing: Quiche freezes well. Let it cool completely, then wrap in plastic wrap and foil before placing it in the freezer.
  • Customize: Adjust seasonings like thyme, garlic powder, or paprika as per your taste.

Enjoy making your perfect ham and cheese quiche!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.