This Easy Ham and Cheese Quiche is made up of a handful of simple ingredients and is easy to put together for your next brunch, make-ahead lunch or dinner. You can use either deli ham or leftover ham for this, and it can be made in a homemade pie pastry or store-bought crust. The crust will need to be par-baked because the pie is cooked at a lower temperature to keep the filling creamy. If you want to boost the flavor of this pie, prepare the ham, cheese and scallions the night before and store in the refrigerator. The scallion flavor mellows and infuses the ham and cheese with a light onion flavor that really brightens the flavor of the pie (see the body of the post for more details on this).
- 1–9″ single pie crust, prepared or store-bought
- 8 large eggs
- 2 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 cup (240 grams) half-and-half or whole milk
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 ounces (113 grams) ham, diced (about 1–1/2 cups)
- 1 cup (100 grams) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 scallions, sliced
- Preheat oven to 425ºF.
- Roll out the pie dough to an 11″ circle and line a 9” pie plate, crimp the edges as desired. Prick the bottom of the dough all over with a fork. Place the pie in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- Once chilled, line the pie dough with a parchment round piece of paper and then add pie weights (or dry rice or beans or lentils), making sure to push pie weights to the edges.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and carefully remove the parchment and pie weights. Return to oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Set aside until ready to use.
Make and Bake Filling:
- Lower the heat to 375º.
- In a large bowl whisk together eggs, half-and-half, dijon and salt and pepper. Fold in the ham, cheese and scallions. Pour the filling into the parbaked crust and bake at 375ºF for 40-45 minutes, until the filling is nearly cooked all the way through. If necessary, cover the edge of the crust with foil to prevent from burning.
- Let cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
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