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Ham and Cheese Quiche

Ham and Cheese Quiche

Have you ever craved a warm, savory breakfast that is both filling and delicious? Look no further than a homemade ham and cheese quiche! This classic dish is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even a light dinner. It’s versatile, easy to make, and can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Let’s dive into the world of quiche and discover how to make this mouthwatering dish.

The Basics of Quiche

Quiche is a French-inspired dish that consists of a pastry crust filled with a creamy egg and milk mixture. The filling can include a variety of ingredients, but one popular combination is ham and cheese. The crust provides a buttery and flaky base, while the filling adds a rich and satisfying flavor.

What makes quiche so special is its versatility. You can easily customize the filling to include your favorite ingredients. From vegetables like spinach and mushrooms to proteins like bacon and sausage, the possibilities are endless. Quiche is like a blank canvas, allowing you to get creative and experiment with different flavors.

Creating the Perfect Quiche

Before diving into the recipe, let’s talk about a few tips and tricks to ensure your quiche turns out perfectly every time:

1. Use a Homemade Crust

While store-bought pie crusts are convenient, nothing beats a homemade crust. Making your own crust allows you to control the ingredients and ensures a flaky and flavorful base for your quiche. Plus, it’s easier than you might think!

2. Don’t Skimp on the Cheese

Cheese is an essential ingredient in any ham and cheese quiche. Choose a cheese that melts well, such as cheddar or Gruyere, and grate it yourself for the best flavor and texture. Don’t be afraid to be generous with the cheese – it adds a creamy and gooey element to the quiche.

3. Precook the Ingredients

Before adding the filling to your quiche, it’s important to precook any ingredients that need it. For example, if you’re using vegetables like spinach or mushrooms, sauté them in a pan to remove excess moisture. This ensures that your quiche doesn’t become watery during baking.

A Delicious Ham and Cheese Quiche Recipe

Now that you know the basics, let’s dive into a simple and delicious ham and cheese quiche recipe. This recipe serves 6-8 people, making it perfect for a family breakfast or brunch:

Ingredients:

  • 1 homemade pie crust
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or Gruyere)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Roll out the pie crust and press it into a 9-inch pie dish.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Sprinkle the diced ham and shredded cheese onto the pie crust.
  5. Pour the egg mixture over the ham and cheese.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the quiche is set and golden brown on top.
  7. Allow the quiche to cool for a few minutes before serving.

That’s it! Your delicious ham and cheese quiche is ready to be enjoyed. Serve it warm or at room temperature, alongside a fresh salad or some crusty bread.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I make a crustless quiche?

Yes, if you’re watching your carb intake or prefer a gluten-free option, you can make a crustless quiche. Simply skip the pie crust and pour the filling directly into a greased pie dish.

2. Can I freeze a quiche?

Absolutely! Quiche freezes well and can be reheated for a quick and easy meal. Once baked, allow the quiche to cool completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before placing it in the freezer.

3. Can I use a different type of cheese?

Of course! While cheddar and Gruyere are popular choices, you can experiment with different types of cheese. Swiss, mozzarella, or even feta can add a unique twist to your quiche.

4. Can I add vegetables to my quiche?

Absolutely! Adding vegetables like spinach, mushrooms, or bell peppers can add extra flavor and nutrition to your quiche. Just make sure to sauté or cook the vegetables before adding them to the filling.

5. Can I make a mini quiche?

Yes! If you prefer individual servings, you can make mini quiches using a muffin tin or ramekins. Simply divide the filling among the cups and adjust the baking time accordingly.

6. Can I make a vegetarian version of quiche?

Definitely! Simply omit the ham and add more vegetables or proteins like tofu or tempeh for a delicious vegetarian quiche.

7. Can I use a different type of meat?

Absolutely! While ham is a classic choice, you can use other types of meat like bacon, sausage, or even leftover roasted chicken. Get creative and experiment with different flavors.

8. Can I serve quiche cold?

Yes, quiche can be served cold, making it a great option for picnics or packed lunches. Just make sure to store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

In Conclusion

Ham and cheese quiche is a delicious and versatile dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner. With a buttery crust, a creamy egg filling, and a savory ham and cheese combination, it’s hard to resist this classic recipe. Whether you follow the basic recipe or add your own twist with different ingredients, quiche is sure to satisfy your

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Ham and Cheese Quiche

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp of all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of half-and-half
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1 pastry recipe for a 9 inch single crust pie
  • ½ cup of chopped fresh spinach
  • ½ cup of canned mushrooms
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) of flaked ham
  • ½ cup of shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, half-and-half, and eggs. Beat the mixture together.
  • Place the Swiss cheese in a flat layer on the pie crust.
  • Evenly arrange the spinach over the Swiss cheese, and then top it with mushrooms.
  • Pour the flour and egg mixture over the mushrooms.
  • Cover the mixture with flaked ham, and then sprinkle Cheddar cheese on top.
  • Bake the dish in the preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes, until the surface becomes golden brown.
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