Ham & Cheddar Quiche

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Ham and Cheddar Quiche is a favorite here, it leads the way in versatile meals. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, hors-d’oeuvre or dinner it fits the bill. Fillings and flavor combinations are limitless and this quiche recipe comes together in a snap. You’ll find detailed steps below, to make your time in the kitchen run smoothly. 

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Ham and Cheddar Quiche

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Ham and Cheddar Quiche

We did whip up an Easy Shortcrust Pastry for the crust, trust me it’s well worth a few minutes of work over a food processor. But if you’re on the fly, you can easily use a refrigerated pie crust. 

Blind Bake the Quiche Crust

Blind baking is super simple and keeps your crust from getting soggy while the quiche bakes.

Mastering the Art of Blind Baking: How to Perfectly Pre-bake a Crust

  • To bake blind, lay the pastry dough over a 9 inch pie pan, then cover with parchment paper (or foil) and fill it with dried beans or rice. This keeps the dough flat against the pan, keeping the dough from bubbling and shrinking.
Ham and Cheddar Quiche
Ham and Cheddar Quiche

Bake at 400°F/200°C for 15 minutes, transfer from the oven and lift the beans (or rice) out with the liner and return the shell back to the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the shell to cool, then proceed with your fillings.

Ham and Cheddar Quiche

If there are any cracks in your dough after blind baking, whisk up a single egg and brush over the pastry. Place it back in the oven at 400°F/200°C for 5 minutes. Remove and your crust will be sealed. 

Ham and Cheddar Quiche

TIP: If you want to add a decorative edge to your quiche, then make a double batch of Easy Shortcrust Pastry, or purchase two refrigerated pie crusts.

Ham and Cheddar Quiche

Variety in Every Slice: Exciting Quiche Fillings to Try

  1. Spinach and Feta: A classic combination of sautéed spinach and creamy feta cheese.
  2. Bacon and Cheddar: Crispy bacon and sharp cheddar cheese for a hearty and flavorful quiche.
  3. Mushroom and Gruyère: Sautéed mushrooms paired with nutty Gruyère cheese for a sophisticated twist.
  4. Broccoli and Swiss: Tender broccoli florets and melty Swiss cheese create a delightful quiche filling.
  5. Ham and Gouda: Diced ham and smoked Gouda cheese offer a savory and smoky flavor profile.
  6. Tomato and Basil: Fresh tomatoes and fragrant basil leaves for a light and refreshing quiche.
  7. Asparagus and Parmesan: Roasted asparagus spears paired with sharp Parmesan cheese for a deliciously elegant quiche.
  8. Smoked Salmon and Dill: Luscious smoked salmon and aromatic dill bring a touch of luxury to your quiche.
  9. Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese: Sweet caramelized onions and tangy goat cheese for a savory-sweet quiche experience.
  10. Sundried Tomato and Mozzarella: Tangy sundried tomatoes and creamy mozzarella cheese create a burst of Mediterranean flavors in your quiche.

With these exciting quiche filling options, you can customize your quiche to suit any taste preference or occasion.

Ham and Cheddar Quiche

Step-by-Step Guide: Assembling Your Perfect Quiche

If using fresh broccoli, steam for 3 minutes on the stove top. If you’re utilizing frozen broccoli you can skip the steaming and move on to the next step.

Ham and Cheddar Quiche
Ham and Cheddar Quiche

Then we saute the green bell pepper, onion, garlic, and smoked ham. This does two things, first, it helps to develop a deep rich flavor. Secondly, it ensures that our veg has the perfect bite.

Ham and Cheddar Quiche
Ham and Cheddar Quiche

The tomatoes that top this quiche are Mini San Marzano, I personally love a little acid pop with eggs and these tomatoes are perfect. Sauté the tomatoes over medium-high heat, for about 2 minutes. The skin will blister and begin to peel (see below). Remove from the heat and set aside.

Ham and Cheddar Quiche
Ham and Cheddar Quiche

Begin layering your quiche, first some broccoli, then the vegetable sauté mixture, ham, a sprinkle of both kinds of cheese, and a pour of the eggs. Add the spinach in a layer and then  alternate back and forth with the remaining ingredients until your crust is full. Add the blistered tomatoes at the end if using and top with a little more cheese. 

Ham and Cheddar Quiche
Ham and Cheddar Quiche
Ham and Cheddar Quiche
Ham and Cheddar Quiche

Once the shell is filled with ingredients, you can get creative and add a decorative braid, rope or maybe even some leaves. Here I attached the braids I created earlier from the second batch of Easy Shortcrust Pastry. You can do the same with refrigerated dough too. Be sure to press the dough down gently to adhere to the pie crust. Brush the Braid or decorations with egg wash, which is just a whisked egg. 

Ham and Cheddar Quiche

Place the quiche on a rimmed sheet pan and bake in the 350°F/175°C oven for 35-45 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center of the quiche, comes out clean. 

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Ham and Cheddar Quiche

How to Make Ham and Cheddar Qucihe

Ham and Cheddar Quiche

Ham & Cheddar Quiche

Quiche is a favorite here, it leads the way in versatile meals. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, hors-d'oeuvre or dinner it fits the bill. Fillings and flavor combinations are limitless and this quiche recipe comes together in a snap. 
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Mean Green Chef

Ingredients

  • 1 9 inch pie crust, homemade or store bought
  • 7 large eggs, Nellie's Free Range Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, sub half and half
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • Kosher sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup broccoli, florets fresh, sub frozen
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 cups smoked ham, diced
  • 2 cups spinach, washed and dried
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 cup Mini San Marzano Tomatoes, blistered (optional)

Instructions

Blind Baking Pie Shell

  • Preheat the oven to  400°F/200°C and bake the pie shell for 15 minutes, transfer from the oven and lift the beans (or rice) out with the liner and return the shell back to the oven for 10 minutes. remove from the oven and allow the shell to cool, then proceed with your fillings. Reduce the oven to 350°F/175°C
    Ham and Cheddar Quiche

Fillings

  • Whisk the eggs, cream, fennel seed, and Kosher salt and pepper until well combined. Set aside. 
    Ham and Cheddar Quiche
  • If using fresh broccoli, steam for 3 minutes in the stovetop.  If you're utilizing frozen you can skip the steaming and move on to the next step. 
    Ham and Cheddar Quiche
  • Bring a heavy-bottomed pan to medium-high heat, add the butter. Then sauté the bell pepper, onion, garlic and ham for 5 minutes. Remove from the burner. 
    Ham and Cheddar Quiche
  • Begin layering your quiche, first some broccoli, then the sauté mixture, a sprinkle of both kinds of cheese, and a pour of the eggs. Add the spinach in a layer and then alternate back and forth with the remaining ingredients until your crust is full. Add the blistered tomatoes at the end if using and top with a little more cheese. 
    Ham and Cheddar Quiche
  • Place on a rimmed sheet pan and bake in the 350°F/175°C oven for 35-45 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center of the quiche, comes out clean. 
    Ham and Cheddar Quiche

Notes

  • Prep time is approximate. 
  • Quiche will maintain it's freshness, 3-4 days in the fridge. 
  • If freezing wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and then heavy-duty foil, up to 4 months. 
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    1. Awesome recipe.

      1. Thanks so much, Charlie! It really is delicious?

    2. Oh my goodness..this is going to be one of my go to Quiche recipes! Thank you so much!!

      1. Thanks so much, Holly! Quiche is such a versatile dish, thank you for checking out our recipe!! ?

    3. I love a good quiche! I usually make one after the holidays with all the left over ham.

      1. Hey Janine, quiche is a great way to use up leftover ham and extra veggies and it comes together in a snap! Thanks for checking out our recipe! ?

    4. True Story – I woke up this morning knowing it was Blog comment Thurs and was like hmmm I wonder what recipe Angela will have today! I have never tried quiche but just printed out the recipe and added it to my must try list. Thanks for the recipe.

      1. Nikki, you just made my day! Thanks so much for checking out so many of our recipes, if you would like to see a special dish here just let me know and I’ll make sure it happens! ?

    5. Tracy Foster says:

      I’m definitely going to try your recipe. I have had quiche on my mind. I love it, and yours looks fantastic!!

      1. Hi Tracy! 🙂 Thanks so much for checking out our recipe, this is a keeper for sure and you can add anything you like which makes it super easy too! Please be sure and tag us @meangreenchef or #meangreenchef ?

    6. i dont cook much but this does sound good

      1. Thanks for checking out our recipe Janice, it’s super easy and so delicious!

    7. Yum! This looks great!

      1. Thanks so much, Cara!! ?

    8. Susan Franklin says:

      Angela – I love quiche, it’s a tradition for me to make each Christmas. Of course, I’m not a chef, so I make the same tried and true recipe each year (which is good), but I’m definitely going to try your recipe. It looks awesome. I also use prepared pie crust, but now I’m inspired to give making my own crust a try AND I learned a really neat trick about the blind baking – thank you! Now I know how to avoid a sogey crust. I also love the braid you added – it’s the perfect touch! Can’t wait to try it.

      1. Hi Susan, wow thanks so much, I’m really glad that you found our recipe and tips helpful! The shortcrust pastry is a dream, and it literally comes together in the food processor. Be sure the butter and water are super cold and as you add the water by each Tablespoon you’ll see the pastry dough come together, it happens pretty fast. The step by step directions are in the to the shortcrust pastry recipe. If you have any questions, I’ll be happy to help. ?

    9. Rachel Newlon says:

      This looks so good! I can easily trade out the crust with a gluten-free version and still enjoy this! Going to give this one a try!!!

      1. Hi Rachel, so great to hear! Please be sure and let me know how it turns out, so I can share with my GF friends. Thanks! ?

    10. Quiche is something that I remember having as a child but do not see much anymore. It looks like it is something that a bunch of folks still enjoy.

      1. Some recipes never go out of style, Quiche is a staple on our menu! ?

    11. Katie Mitchell says:

      I LOVE quiche. This one looks delicious!

      1. Thank YOU, Katie! It’s super delicious! ?

    12. I love reading your posts! This looks absolutely mouth-watering! Definitely going to save this recipe!

      1. Thank you so much, Shelly!! ?

    13. Okay, I’m trying this. I love any combo of swiss and smoked ham!!

      1. Hi Brittany! Swiss and smoked ham is the perfect combo, thanks so much for checking out our recipe! ?

    14. Wish I had seen this before Christmas. But I love quiche! And it’s great for every day! Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Thanks, Laura! It is great for every day, appreciate you checking out our recipe!?

    15. This looks so delicious!!! I love quiche, but have not had one in a while. I also love that the eggs are a quality egg. I will have to see if they are sold in my area.

      1. Hi Jennifer, it’s amazing that quality eggs make a huge difference in everything we make!! Thanks for checking out our recipe! ?

    16. Oh, this looks so good!! Sadly, quiche is not something we can make in our house due to an egg allergy, but I am keeping this recipe to try later (when it’s safe!). I do love quiche, though ~ and get it when we are away and it’s offered wherever we are having breakfast. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Hi Tina, 🙂 Quiche is a great dish and perfect for a morning out! Thanks so much for checking out our recipe. ?

    17. Yum! I love a good quiche!!! Thanks!

      1. Hi Nicki, thanks so much for checking out our recipe. We love quiche too! ?

    18. We love quiche. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Now to find a substitute for the crust.

      1. Hey Rosanna! Please let me know what you find for a substitute crust or you could even make a crustless quiche with this recipe too! ?

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