This gluten free Ham and Cheese Quiche is perfect for brunch but is hearty enough for dinner. Full of ham, bacon and cheese, it’s a protein packed meal full of smoky flavor – a sure crowd pleaser.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hormel Foods for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
September is approaching, which means it’s almost National Family Meals Month. Eating meals as a family has always been a big part of my life. When I was growing up, my family had dinner together at the table almost every night. There were a few nights here and there where someone had a meeting or we had school activities during dinner hours as teenagers. But for the most part, we ate when everyone was home for dinner. So some nights we ate at 5:00 and other nights at 7.
Now as an adult, I apply those same values I had growing up to my family. We eat meals together every night. Not only do we eat dinner together, but we also eat breakfast and lunch as a family. It’s such an important time to gather together.
“Family meals eaten at home have been proven to benefit the health and wellness of children and adolescents, to fight obesity, substance abuse and to make families stronger – creating a positive impact on our communities and our nation as a whole”.
You can read more about National Family Meals Month here.
One family meal that we had growing up was quiche, which was the inspiration for this ham and cheese quiche. We often had it for Christmas and Easter brunch, so it was one of those special dishes that really spoke ‘family’ to me. This easy quiche recipe is a spin on my bacon and swiss quiche. Although that one is still my favorite, it’s always nice to switch it up every once in a while.
If you’re not in love with quiche like I am, you have probably been eating one that doesn’t have the right egg:milk ratio. The French perfected it long ago with their one part egg to two parts milk ratio. In other words, half a cup of milk is used for every egg. 3 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk is the perfect mixture to get you that silky smooth custard that’s crazy good.
Many recipes that I’ve seen on Pinterest just call for way too many eggs that will leave you disappointed. Try it my way and you’ll never go back!
In this gluten free ham and cheese quiche recipe, I used Hormel Cure 81 ham steak. It’s already cooked so it’s a quick option for weeknight meals and it’s perfect for dicing up into the quiche. Cure 81 hams are the best hand-picked hams that are perfect for any night.
This easy ham and cheese quiche is really for the meat lovers since it’s so full of ham and bacon. It’s hearty enough to serve for dinner or it would be a great addition to your brunch menu. No matter what time of day you eat it, sit down with your family and enjoy!
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Ham and Cheese Quiche
- 1 9-inch gluten free pie crust, par baked*
- 1 C Cure 81 ham, diced
- 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 1/2 C cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 Tbsp gluten free all purpose flour (or regular)
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 C milk
- 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add the diced ham and bacon to the par-baked pie crust, spreading evenly across the bottom.
- In a small bowl, toss together the cheese and flour so the cheese is coated and sprinkle over the meat in the pie crust.
- In a large measuring cup, whisk together the eggs, milk and pepper. Pour over the meat/cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 40-55 minutes. When done, the middle will still be slightly jiggly, which is ok. It will set up as it sits. Let the quiche sit for at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
* Directions for my par-baked crust can be found here in the Coconut Cream Pie recipe directions.
Baking times can vary greatly depending on your oven. I just got a new oven with a convection option and it took 45 minutes and I probably could have taken it out 5 minutes sooner. In my old oven, it took a full 55 minutes.