When it comes to a delightful and versatile dish, few can rival the charm of a well-made quiche. Today, we’re going to explore the delightful world of quiches with a recipe for a Ham & Cheddar Quiche that’s sure to become a family favorite. This savory pie combines the smoky goodness of ham with the rich, creamy texture of cheddar cheese, all nestled in a flaky, buttery crust. Whether you’re planning a brunch, a light dinner, or simply want to treat yourself, this Ham & Cheddar Quiche is a savory delight worth savoring.
|Ham & Cheddar Quiche
|1 9-inch quiche
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced
- 3-4 tablespoons ice water
- 1 cup diced cooked ham
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A pinch of nutmeg (optional)
- Fresh chives or parsley for garnish (optional)
1. Prepare the Crust
In a food processor, combine the flour and salt. Pulse a few times to mix.
Add the cold, diced butter to the flour mixture. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Slowly add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, while pulsing the mixture. Stop when the dough begins to clump together.
Turn the dough out onto a clean, floured surface and shape it into a disk. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
2. Preheat the Oven
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
3. Roll Out the Crust
On a floured surface, roll out the chilled dough into a circle large enough to fit your pie dish.
Carefully transfer the rolled-out dough to a 9-inch pie dish. Trim any excess overhang and crimp the edges decoratively.
4. Prepare the Filling
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, whole milk, salt, pepper, and nutmeg (if using).
5. Assemble the Quiche
Sprinkle the diced ham and shredded cheddar cheese evenly over the bottom of the pie crust.
Pour the egg mixture over the ham and cheese.
Place the quiche in the preheated oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the quiche is set and the top is golden brown. You can test for doneness by inserting a knife into the center; it should come out clean.
If the edges of the crust start to brown too quickly, you can cover them with foil to prevent burning.
7. Cool and Serve
Allow the quiche to cool for a few minutes before slicing.
Garnish with fresh chives or parsley if desired.
Serve your Ham & Cheddar Quiche warm or at room temperature. It’s delicious on its own or with a side salad for a
Estimated Nutrition Per Serving
Calories: 280 kcal
Total Fat: 19g
Saturated Fat: 10g
Vitamin D: 12%
Vitamin A: 15%
Vitamin C: 1%
This Ham & Cheddar Quiche is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Its rich and savory flavors, combined with the flaky crust, make it a crowd-pleaser for any occasion. So, gather your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to savor the deliciousness of homemade quiche. Enjoy!
For some reason, up until recently I was never inspired to make a healthy quiche. It’s a dish I’ve loved for ages; I mean, what is there not to love? Creamy eggs baked in a buttery pie crust with whatever add-ins you’d like. Rich and indulgent, quiche – for me – was relegated to the category of food to enjoy every once in a blue moon instead of a homemade staple.
The turning point was when I came across this olive oil press-in quiche crust from Once Upon A Plate.
I subbed in whole wheat pastry flour for the all-purpose, and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to press the dough into a pie plate. No rolling out dough and painstakingly transferring it to a pie plate for this recipe, folks… just use your fingertips to press the dough onto the bottom and up the sides.
As for the filling, I winged the egg-milk ratio and ended up happy with the result (plus, it fit perfectly into my pie plate without overflowing). I tossed in some cubed ham and cheddar, but you could use any ingredients that float your boat.
The baked quiche will puff up in the oven, but the filling will deflate & settle after cooling for a few minutes.
Quiche is really quite versatile. You can serve it hot, at room temperature, or chilled… and leftovers are delicious. Quiche is perfect for breakfast (with a side of fresh fruit), lunch (with a green salad), or dinner (accompanied by salad & roasted potatoes) and is a great addition to any potluck get-together.
With this quiche, I think I successfully made a healthy & tasty version of the classically decadent dish. The whole wheat olive oil crust is much lighter than the typical butter-laden crust, and 1% milk takes the place of fattening cream or half-and-half.
All of the flavor and texture is still there, though! Crisp crust, creamy filling, sweet ham, and sharp cheddar… yum.
If you do decide to serve the quiche hot, the cheddar will be melty and gooey – which is tough to beat – but honestly, I prefer quiche at room temperature.
I could go for a slice right about now!