Monday, April 11, 2011

Easy Spring Quiche


My mother came over on Sunday and I needed a quick and easy recipe for a satisfying lunch. This recipe from O, The Oprah Magazine, was just the thing. Delicious and easy to make, it's perfect paired with a light green salad or fresh fruit. I definitely recommend you give this dish a try.

- ST








Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups cracker or tortilla chip crumbs (about 1 sleeve of crackers)

3 Tbsp. butter, melted

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup cottage cheese

2 Tbsp. Dijon or honey mustard

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

3 eggs*

1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese (about 1/4 pound), divided

1 cup chopped ham (about 5 ounces)

4 scallions, roughly chopped


Directions

Active time: 25 minutes

Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes


Note: Ritz crackers, saltines, or chip crumbs all work beautifully to make a buttery crust.


Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, mix together crumbs and butter. Press mixture into a standard (9") pie pan to form the crust's bottom and sides; bake 10 minutes.


In a large bowl, whisk together milk, cottage cheese, mustard, salt, pepper, and eggs. Scatter 1/2 cup cheese over bottom of crust, then pour in egg mixture. Toss remaining 1/2 cup cheese with ham and scallions, then scatter over eggs, pressing down gently. Place a tray on the bottom rack of the oven to catch drips, then bake quiche on middle rack until eggs are set and top is golden, about 50 minutes.


*I substituted 3/4 cup EggBeaters

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