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by Paul Cormier, Salamanders of Kemptville

What would we do in Canada without The Egg? Eggs are part of our breakfasts, baking and many other great recipes. One of these recipes is the almighty Quiche. We serve two versions of a freshly baked Quiche at Salamanders each and every day; and since eggs are now known to be a healthy protein and delicious to boot, you might invest in making your own Quiche. You can make it in a variety of flavours, or without meat. Today’s recipe is Ham and Cheese Quiche. By the way, if you want egg recipes galore, consult the Egg Farmers of Canada or the Egg Farmers of Ontario. They know it all and love to help!

Ham and Cheese Quiche

Ingredients

  • 1 nine inch pie crust (pick one up at your favourite store or make your own)
  • 1 ½ cups of shredded Swiss cheese
  • 4 teaspoons of flour
  • ½ cup of diced Black Forest ham
  • 3 eggs (the Extra Large size) 
  • 1 cup of  milk 
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley or dried parsley flakes

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F degrees
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour and cheese together and sprinkle into your pie crust
  3. Place the diced ham on top of the cheese mixture
  4. Blend the eggs, milk and mustard in a bowl and pour over the ham and cheese
  5. Bake till a fork inserted in the filling comes out clean (45 minutes to an hour)

You can garnish with the parsley and serve piping hot in generous slices. Now obviously, you can substitute cubes of chicken breast or pork tenderloin for the ham. Or, you can use chopped green and red peppers for the vegetarian touch. You can also garnish with chives or chopped green onions if you wish. You can actually become the author of your very own and favourite Quiche recipe. And yes, “real men do eat Quiche..” Particularly with a nicely chilled Riesling at Sunday brunch. Yum!

Send me a note on your creation at pcormier@ranaprocess.com

 

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