I’m always looking for ways to get a tasty, filling breakfast on the table whether it’s just for us or we’re having guests. This easy ham and cheese quiche recipe has become my go-to.
Many people hear the word quiche and think the dish is super fancy but in reality, it’s just an easily-elevated egg-based dish. The mixture of cream and eggs gives it a custard-like quality and then you can add any other meats, vegetables, and cheeses you like.
For this one, I use a mix of cheddar and Swiss and then an addition of ham. This is a great way to repurpose that leftover ham from a gathering (or another meat that you want to swap).
This delicious quiche is perfect for anything from a Sunday brunch to a baby shower or holiday breakfast. It’s also a lovely way to make a weekend breakfast at home feel special.
The next time you’re looking for a way to up your breakfast game, consider this incredibly easy quiche.
Common Questions about Ham and Cheese Quiche
Do I need to prebake my crust for quiche?
If you’re making your own pie crust you do need to prebake it to avoid gumminess. You can use pie weights for blind baking it.
Should I bake my quiche covered?
You can bake the quiche uncovered for most of the time it’s in the oven. As it gets close to finishing you may want to check to make sure that the crust isn’t getting too brown — if it is, simply cover the edges with aluminum foil.
How do I get just the right custard-like texture for quiche?
It’s important to have the right ratio of ingredients to create the custard filling. Overdoing the dairy will result in runniness while an excess of eggs will leave it dry.
Making Ham and Cheese Quiche Ahead of Time
You can prepare the quiche through the step of filling the crust. Then, refrigerate for up to 24 hours and bake it when you’re ready.
You can store the entire quiche in the fridge or freezer or you can store it in slices.
Refrigerator: Cover the entire quiche with plastic wrap or store slices in an airtight container.
Freezing: Wrap the whole quiche with aluminum foil or store individual slices in freezer bags.
Tips For The Best Ham and Cheese Quiche
- Whisk the egg mixture vigorously to ensure that all of the ingredients are incorporated so that it cooks evenly.
- While you can use milk this quiche will turn out so much creamier and more decadent if you opt to use the cream.
- Use an egg wash. For a shinier crust and better browning, brush an egg wash on the edges of the crust before baking.
You’ll find it hard to believe that a breakfast so delicious and decadent came from a fairly short list of ingredients.
- Butter (unsalted)
- Onion (finely diced)
- Garlic (finely minced)
- Large eggs
- Half-and-half or milk
- Dried thyme (finely chopped – or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves)
- Diced ham (can be deli ham or from ham steaks)
- Swiss cheese (grated)
- Sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
- Frozen deep dish pie crust
- Chives, chopped, optional
- Green onions, chopped, optional
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
You won’t need much in the way of supplies to whip this up!
How to Make Ham and Cheese Quiche
This quiche comes together quickly with minimal hands-on time.
- Heat a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Add the butter to the pan.
- Once the butter has completely melted, add the onions.
- With a wooden spoon or a spatula, stir the onions occasionally allowing them to cook until they are tender and translucent.
- Next, add the garlic to the pan and stir once again until the mixture becomes fragrant.
- Remove the pan from the heat so that the onion mixture can cool.
- Add the eggs into a mixing bowl.
- Using a whisk, beat the eggs.
- Then, add the half-and-half, thyme, salt, and pepper.
- Whisk the egg mixture until all ingredients are completely combined.
- Pour the onion mixture, ham, and cheese into the egg mixture.
- Stir to evenly disperse all of the ingredients.
- Gently pour egg mixture into the prepared pie crust.
- Bake the quiche until the eggs are set. You should be able to insert a knife into the center of the quiche and have it come out clean.
- Serve immediately or at room temperature or chill and serve later.
- Garnish with chives or green onions before serving, if desired.
What to Serve With Ham and Cheese Quiche
Eggs are perfect for pairing with so many drinks and side dishes. Here are a few ideas.
- Hot beverages – If you’re having breakfast or brunch, opt for coffee or tea.
- Fruit salad – A fruit salad is a healthy side for eggs.
- Hollandaise – If you’re feeling fancy, you can whip up a quick hollandaise sauce to drizzle over top.
- Cocktails – Mimosas and bellinis make brunch better.
- Soup – Serve quiche for lunch or dinner with a simple soup like French onion or vichyssoise.
- Salad – Serve a green side salad tossed with a light vinaigrette.
- Sweet treats – If you’re hosting a crowd for brunch serve this alongside some sweet breakfast favorites like French toast or pancakes.
Why You Should Make This Recipe
Besides the fact that it’s an elegant dish with its pretty presentation, there are a few other reasons to make this recipe.
- Versatile – Quiche is as great for breakfast or brunch as it is paired with a simple green salad or bowl of soup for a light dinner.
- Easy – There aren’t a ton of steps to make this dish and most of the time required for the recipe is cook time in the oven.
- Customizable – You can add a number of things to this quiche to customize it.
Variations and Add-ins
Egg dishes are always the perfect canvas for creativity. You can add any number of ingredients to make this the dish everyone knows as yours.
- Crust – If you prefer to make your own homemade pie crust, you can do that instead of using the store-bought pie crust.
- Vegetables – Add your favorite veggies like diced red and green bell peppers or a leafy green like wilted spinach.
- Cheese – Change out some or all of the cheddar or Swiss for another cheese of your choice. Gruyere and gouda are two good options.
- Crustless quiche – If you’re looking to make it low carb, pour this into a pie pan on its own or you can use a casserole dish.
- Meats – If you have a meat lover coming to brunch add any other meats you like from ground sausage to bacon.
- Herbs – While thyme tastes great in this quiche you can use other fresh herbs as well.
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Ham and Cheese Quiche
- 1 tablespoon butter – unsalted
- ½ cup onion finely diced
- 1 tbsp garlic finely minced
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup half-and-half or milk
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme finely chopped – or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 ½ cups ham diced
- 1 cup swiss cheese grated
- 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
- 1 frozen deep dish pie crust
Chives, chopped, optional
Green onions, chopped, optional
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter.
- Add the onions and cook until the onions are tender, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook 30-60 seconds or until fragrant.
- Allow the mixture to cool slightly while you prepare the filling.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until lightly beaten.
- Add the half-and-half, thyme, salt, and pepper and whisk until combined.
- Stir in the onion mixture, ham, and cheese.
- Pour the filling mixture into the pie crust.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until set and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Serve warm or chilled with garnishes, if desired.
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