Ham and Swiss Cheese Quiche

  • Yield 12 servings

This recipe is delicious and makes great use of leftover ham.

Ingredients

Crust:
4 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 3/4 cups vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 -- egg
1/2 cup water
Ham and Cheese Filling:
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups diced ham
9 -- eggs, well beaten
3 cups half-and-half, or 1 1/2 cups milk plus 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
-- Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. For the crust, preheat oven to 400F.  Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl.  Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender.  Combine the vinegar, egg and water in a small bowl.  Stir into the flour mixture, using a fork, until moistened.
  2. Gather the dough into a ball.  Divide into 4 balls.  Chill, wrapped in plastic wrap, for 15 minutes.  Roll out 2 balls to fit into 10-inch quiche pans.  Arrange the dough in the pans.  Freeze the remaining dough for another use.
  3. For the filling, combine the Swiss and Cheddar cheeses.  Add the flour, toss to coat.  Spread over the pastry in the prepared pans.  Top with the ham.  Combine the eggs, half-and-half, salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Pour over the cheeses and ham.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.  Reduce the heat to 350F.  Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of each comes out clean.

Hint:  The crust may be stored, wrapped in plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before baking.

 

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Junior League of Pasadena, Inc.’s Dining By Design (Pasadena, California, 1999).

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