Lose the crust to make this quick and easy quiche packed full of ham and cheddar. This will hit the spot on Christmas morning when the gifts are unwrapped and stomachs are growling.
Yikes! It’s the holiday home stretch and I still have a to-do list longer than Santa’s. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t seem to get it together this year. Apart from all the baking, cooking and wrapping, we’ve had a couple weeks of homeowner headaches. Furnace issues, no hot water and the scariest of all…no internet! It was touch and go for the boys with that last one, but somehow they made it through.
Doesn’t it seem like the universe has a terrible sense of humor sometimes? Just keeps throwing stuff at you when your plate is already way too full. I guess it’s trying to tell me to take a deep breath and reprioritize. The wrapped presents don’t have to have perfectly folded corners and I’m pretty sure our guests for Christmas Eve will be just fine with five types of cookies instead of six.
The good news is Christmas day is going to be super low key for us. All day pjs and robes, family movie time and a simple roast chicken for diner. And breakfast is going to be just as easy. I’ll throw together this ham and cheddar crustless quiche and pop it into the oven to bake while we are busy unwrapping.
As much as I adore a flaky pastry pie crust, on Christmas morning even I don’t feel like breaking out the rolling pin. Instead I scatter diced ham and sautéed onions on the bottom of a pie plate, then sprinkle shredded cheddar over that and pour the egg mixture on top. It bakes up so light and fluffy and the ham almost acts like a bottom crust. And the best part is it only takes minutes to whip up. It’s great for a weeknight dinner too when paired with a green salad and a hunk of crusty bread.
Alright enough chit chat…back to that list. I’ll see you back here post-Christmas and pre-New Year’s when I’ll be sharing a recipe for a sparkling cocktail that screams New Year’s Eve. Enjoy your weekend and have a happy, merry everything!
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 cup ham diced
- 1 medium onion diced (about 1 cup)
- 8 eggs
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp chives minced
- 1 1/2 cups mild cheddar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9 inch pie plate (preferably glass or ceramic)
Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet. Add the onion and ham and cook until golden, about 8-10 mins
In a large bowl, whisk to combine the eggs, milk, heavy cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg and chives.
Sprinkle the cooked ham and onions evenly in the bottom of the prepared pie plate. Sprinkle the cheese over the ham and then pour the egg mixture over the top.
Bake about 40 mins or until the quiche is just set in the center.