Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Brilliant Brunch: Ham and Cheese Quiche

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Are you all thrilled the holiday is over?  Or, do many of you still have people in your house?  Today, John and I are busy driving up to Maine to spend the next week or so catching up with his family.  It's nice to have someplace to get away to that also feels like coming home.

His brother and sister-in-law always let us stay at their house which feels like home now to us, too!  They are so warm and welcoming it's great to visit!  It's hard to travel over the holidays and we enjoy spending so much time with them; it works for all of us.  We take our time seeing his grandparents, mom, dad, cousins, and old friends. 

If you still have people in your house, and lots of ham left over from last night's meal, you're going to love this quiche - easy, quick, you can freeze it, double it, pretty much throw whatever you have in there, and it will taste great!  I love serving this with a big salad for dinner but it's also perfect for brunch, too!  Plus, it's great to serve a crowd.  I can't promise they'll want to leave after tasting it though!!

Ham and Cheese Quiche
Serves:  6
Crust (adapted from here)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup ice water
1 cup flour
1 cup ham, diced
1/2 cup onion, diced
3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
3 eggs
1/4 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper

To make the crust, whisk together oil and water with a fork.  Add flour and continue until fully combined.  Knead for 3-5 minutes until smooth.  Roll out the dough and place into a 9-inch pie pan.  Use your fingers to place the dough up the sides of the pie pan and ensure it is even.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Place ham, onion, and cheddar cheese into the pie pan.  In a small bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt, and pepper.  Whisk well and then pour into the pie pan.  Cook the quiche for 45-55 minutes, until the top is golden brown and set in the middle.

Make-it-ahead of time:  I made this quiche the night before, stored it in the fridge covered with aluminum foil, and baked it the next day!  Or, cook it and freeze it for a quick and easy dinner in a week or two!

Until the next time my oven is on...


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