Thursday, June 24, 2010

Real Men Eat Quiche: Broccoli, Ham, and Cheese Quiche, Anyway

We happen to be quiche people. Not sure if you all remember this book, but in our family's house, masculinity is well-established and thanks to my mother in law, this man will eat anything....that's not to say he doesn't have preferences (which he firmly establishes with "that's not my favorite"). But if you think about it, a quiche can be a complete meal....carbs, proteins, some veggies....I'm not saying it's the healthiest meal, but there are worse ways to go, and a home-made quiche is WAY healthier than one you order at a restaurant since you control the fat content.

This is a relatively easy quick prep time recipe! And the best thing? You can make it ahead of time and freeze it!
Only a vegetarian can understand this, but I had some imitation "ham" around--yup, made with soy. After a quick search on the internet, it turns out that there is a LOT of meat substitutes made in Asia. Why so? Well, there are a lot of Buddhists to cater to--so if you are wondering where one would purchase said "fake ham"--try an Asian market if you can't get to a natural health foods market. And don't knock it 'til you try it. I'm not saying it tastes like ham....but we like it.


1 refrigerated pie crust (from 15-oz .box), softened as directed on box*1 onion, sauteed
1 1/2 cups cubed cooked ham (or vegetarian ham)1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese (this ends up being 6 oz-and you can try different cheeses)
1 1/2 cup broccoli florets
4 eggs (you can do 2 eggs, and 2-3 egg whites instead)1 cup skim milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Make pie crust as directed on box for one-crust filled pie using 9-inch glass pie pan.

Saute the onion in the tiniest bit of oil.

Layer the ham, cheese, onion, and broccoli in pie crust-lined pan. In medium bowl, beat all remaining ingredients until well blended. Pour over broccoli.

Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Cut into wedges. Really good!

You'll be a better person than me if you serve this with another veggie on the side. I gave in to the husband's love of sourdough bread.....

*I tried this quiche in this frozen whole wheat crust (not defrosted-but that part turned out fine) because I wanted to make it healthier--I think I may make my own crust next time with half white flour and half whole wheat flour my opinion, it was a bit "grainy" as only a whole wheat option.

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