I don’t know where it came from or why, but I had a hankering for some quiche. I can’t even remember the last time I had it and I’ve never made it, but we had a ton of leftover ham that needed to be used, I happened to have some spinach, and of course we always have some extra sharp cheddar in our house. Plus, it’s Fiesta Friday time and it’s an all nighter which means this quiche is perfect as a dinner, breakfast, brunch, or a cold midnight snack. 😉So have I mentioned lately how studly my husband is? He has his own, memorized, go-to pie crust recipe, which he whipped up and put in the fridge to rest before heading to the gym the other night. I love that man.He is totally the baker in our house, not me. I usually leave the pastry making up to him so I was going to wait for him to get home to roll out the pie crust like he so expertly does. But then I realized after that it would have been over an hour before it’d be done. So rolled it out myself. Which turned out not nearly as pathetic as I thought it would!Edges trimmed and baked for 10 minutes, and hey, it actually looks like the pie crust!While it cooked, I put together everything else. I chopped up the last of this ham which I thought would have been perfect in the quiche. Right after Easter, spiral cut hams went on sale at our grocery store for .49 cents a lb!! I know. So I bought three and put them in our freezer. It’s been the most amazingly cheap but delicious lunch meat for some hearty ham and cheese sandwiches. .Sooo much better than the $8 a lb we would have otherwise spent on deli lunch meat!Then a dice of half a white onion and some garlic into a pan with some spinach for a quick saute.Then a super hearty whisk of eggs and milkand then the sauteed goodness mixed in with the eggs and a cup of shredded cheese all poured into the pie crust,And we’re in business.In the oven for about an hour, and we have this quiche deliciousness.
Yummm. Some people say to layer the ingredients, I like to have them all mixed together.
Ham, cheddar, spinach, and cheese all baked into a buttery flaky pie crust? Yes, please! Needless to say, my husband was super happy when he came home from the gym to come back to this!
- 1 cup cubed cooked thick cut ham
- 1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 bunch of cleaned spinach
- 1/2 cup of diced white onion
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1 cup of milk
- 4 eggs
- salt and pepper to taste
- Pie Crust
- 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of cold water
- 1/2 cup of softened butter
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- Pre-heat oven to 350 °. To make pie crust: combine flour and salt and then mix in the butter. Slowly add the cold water and once combined shape into a ball, wrap in foil, and put in fridge to cool / rest for at least 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove from fridge and roll out into a large circular shape on a floured surface. Gently place the dough over and into a pie pan and then cut off excess around the edges. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add garlic and onions to a saute pan with a little bit of olive oil. Saute until onions are translucent. Add ham and then spinach and cook until spinach is wilted. In a large bowl, add eggs and milk and whisk vigorously. Then add ham, onions, and spinach and mix, then add cheese and mix all together.
- Turn oven temp up to 425º.
- Slowly pour the mixture into the pre-baked pie crust and then add to oven. Bake for 50-55 minutes until middle is done and set. Let cool for at least 10 minutes and then enjoy!