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Ham and Cheese Quiche

Ham and Cheese Quiche recipe

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon chilled solid vegetable shortening
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Filling

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups (16 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup chopped cooked ham
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg


Instructions

  1. To prepare pastry, in a medium bowl, mix together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut shortening into flour mixture until coarse crumbs form.
  2. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork, until a dough forms. Shape dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. On a floured surface, using a floured rolling pin, roll dough into a 10-inch circle. Fit into a 9-inch quiche or pie pan. Trim edges.
  4. To prepare filling, in a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 to 8 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat; cool.
  6. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Sprinkle 3/4 cup of cheese over crust. Top with onion, then ham. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  7. Whisk together eggs, egg yolks, half-and-half, cream, salt, cayenne and nutmeg. Pour egg mixture over ham and cheese.
  8. Bake quiche until golden and custard is set, 35 to 45 minutes.
  9. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: 6 servings

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