In French cuisine, a quiche is a baked dish that is made primarily of eggs and milk or cream in a pastry crust. Other ingredients such as chopped meat, vegetables, or cheese are often added to the egg mixture before the quiche is baked.
Quiche Lorraine is probably the most common variety. In addition to the eggs and cream, it includes bacon. Today I have a great quiche recipe using ham, zucchini and peppers. This version uses shredded potatoes as the crust instead of a pastry crust.
1 egg, beaten
3 cups shredded hash brown potatoes (fresh or thawed)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups zucchini, sliced thin
1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup cooked ham, diced
1 tablespoon fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese
In a large bowl, mix together the egg, hash browns and Parmesan cheese. Take the mixture and press into the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie plate. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes or until crust is set the edges begin to brown slightly.
In a large skillet, saute the zucchini and red pepper in butter for minutes. Stir in the ham, basil, salt and pepper. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
In another large bowl, beat the eggs and milk. Add in the zucchini mixture. Then stir in the cheese. Pour into crust. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes before cutting.