Ham and Spinach Quiche
Life is too short to settle for average food and this ham and cheese quiche has a little something that takes quiche to a whole new level.
It’s very easy to make, but that doesn’t make it any less elegant. That just means that you can make it with plenty of time to enjoy the mom in your life. 🙂
My History With Quiche
Mom used to make quiche when friends were coming over for brunch or lunch. Yippy skippy. (Not.) My brother and I would complain, I can’t remember if it was to her or just each other, but usually it was about the quiche. We didn’t care for it back then. It was a nice, simple quiche with broccoli, ham and cheddar cheese so I don’t know what the problem was. Like most things I used to strongly dislike, I love her quiche now. I can’t remember the last time that I had it, but I really liked the edges where the crust would be. The cheese would bake and brown on the edges and I really like that, especially now. This quiche recipe that I am sharing with you today is made with white cheddar and that is the little something that really takes this quiche up a notch!
This is how I make quiche. I don’t happen to have the recipe she used and I always forget to grab it when I visit her, but I don’t mind coming up with a quiche recipe. This recipe is inspired by hers. You know I love cooking but I don’t always have much time to spend in the kitchen and yet I still prefer to cook our meals. This ham and spinach quiche is a great easy brunch recipe that doesn’t take very long to put together, although mom would be worth a more time consuming quiche. After all, she made hers for years.
Isn’t it strange how foods that we used to dislike can become our favorites? Maybe that’s just me.
Maybe the “mom” in your life wasn’t your mom. It could be a teacher, a friend, or a friend’s mom that fills some of the mom parts of your life. Mother’s Day is a great day to show gratitude to the mom in your life, whomever that may be.
The moment I knew that I was going to be a mom, I didn’t freak out about it. If you knew my situation you might be surprised but there wasn’t time to lose my head. Thankfully my maternal instincts kicked in.
Yeah, being a mom can be a thankless job but I still choose it. We’ve been through a lot, as most people have, and when I look back on the last decade of being a mother I can only smile and be happy. If you’ve seen Tay and I talk about kid friendly foods you’ll see a small glimpse into my life and why she makes me smile.
It’s been scary, worrisome and frustrating but it’s also been priceless. In a good way. I think as a parent we all worry about setting a good example and getting our kiddos ready for the real world. We also have days that we feel fortunate to sneak in a shower and get everyone fed in a timely manner. My biggest challenge for the first few years was explaining the sad things that happen in a way that leaves a lot of room for the happy things. As time passes the list gets a wee bit longer. I’m still happy to be a mom. I choose to be a mom. I’d rather hang out with the kiddos anyway. These first few years have gone by in a blink and I don’t want to miss anything. The word mom is totally a verb as in “I haven’t put on makeup in forever because I was so busy momming that it didn’t cross my mind.” So I’m going to make this ham and spinach quiche and hang out with the kiddos. This quiche leaves plenty of room for quality time and “momming”. Since the frozen puff pastry usually comes with two crusts, you can actually make two quiches and save some to pack in lunches. 🙂
The theme for this week’s Sunday Supper is Mother’s Day! I would love it if you could take a moment and see what my fellow participants have made for us.
Mother’s Day Breakfast:
- Bacon,Egg and Cheddar Scones from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Chai Berry Muffins from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Chocolate Almond Prune Bread from What Smells So Good?
- Greek Breakfast Strata from Curious Cuisiniere
- Maple Almond Butter from girlichef
- Orange Julius from Neighborfood
- Rum Rolls from Daily Dish Recipes
- Slow Cooker Eggs with an Asian Accent from NinjaBaking.com
Mother’s Day Appetizers, Soups and Salads:
- Asparagus and Prosciutto Crostini from Hip Foodie Mom
- Carrot Ginger Soup from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Chilled Spring Pea Soup from An Appealing Plan
- I Love You Mom Melon Salad from Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
- Strawberry Salad with Asparagus Mousse from Delaware Girl Eats
- Truffled Sea Salt Shrimp Arugula Salad from Family Foodie
- Vegetable Shu Mai from My Healthy Eating Habits
Mother’s Day Main Dishes:
- Betty’s Salad from Jelly Toast
- Brussels Sprouts Kofta from Soni’s Food
- Cajun Shrimp Eggplant Casserole from Food Lust People Love
- Crepes Lorraine from Noshing With The Nolands
- Greek Chicken Pizza from Casa de Crews
- Ham and Spinach Quiche from Try Anything Once Culinary
- Lightened-Up Penne & Tomato Cream Sauce with Peas & Prosciutto from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Mac & Cheese Dressed Up for Mother’s Day from Cooking Chat
- Mini Pot Pies from Jane’s Adventures in Cooking
- Paprika Shrimp from Nosh My Way
- Spears in a Blanket from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Mother’s Day Desserts:
- Banana Cream Pie from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Black-Eyed Susan from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Cannoncini alla Crema from Manu’s Menu
- Chocolate Babka from Run DMT
- Chocolate Caramel Tart from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate Creme Brûlée from Desserts Required
- Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Gluten Free Lemon Curd Pie from Gluten Free Crumbley
- Lemon Cookies from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Limoncello Lemon Pound Cake from Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Mom’s Glazed Blueberry Tarts from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Mom’s Coconut Macaroons from MealDiva
- Mango Sorbet from Pescetarian Journal
- PB&J Macaron from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Peach Cobbler from Cookin’ Mimi
- Pina Colada Cake from The Foodie Army Wife
- Pineapple Empanadas from La Cocina de Leslie
- Scotch Tea Cookies from Shockingly Delicious
- Strawberry Shortcake Whipped Cream Cupcakes from Seduction in the Kitchen
- White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Pies and Plots
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy! You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.
- 1 frozen puff pastry crust, thawed
- 5 eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- a pinch of pepper
- ¼ tsp. onion powder
- ⅛ tsp. garlic powder
- 1 cup of fresh chopped spinach
- ½ cup of chopped ham
- 1 cup of shredded white cheddar
- 8 cherry tomatoes cut in half
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Lay your thawed puff pastry crust onto a lightly floured surface.
- You'll also want to lightly sprinkle flour on top of the puff pastry to keep the rolling pin from sticking.
- Roll puff pastry out, rolling out the sides as if you were trying to make a circle.
- Continue to roll until the edges lay over the sides of a 9 inch tart pan, about ¼ to ⅛ of an inch thick.
- Using your rolling pin, roll over the edges of your tart pan, cutting the edges of the puff pastry.
- Whisk eggs in a mixing bowl for 30 seconds.
- Add milk, salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Whisk together for about one minute.
- Whisk in spinach.
- Pour egg mixture into your puff pastry crust.
- Scatter ham, cheese and tomatoes into your egg mixture.
- Place your quiche on a baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes or until egg is set.
- When making ahead, sprinkle on additional shredded cheese and reheat until cheese is melted.
I appreciate you for coming to visit me here and spending time with me and my family! I hope that you enjoy this day and make the most of it.