Well, hey there! Took some time off to enjoy the holiday festivities with family. It was much needed and very appreciated. There is something refreshing about not waking up to an alarm, leisurely enjoying breakfast, and planning your day around what you want to do, not what you NEED to do. The word NEED has hardly entered my vocabulary in the past week and I love it. Still one more week until I have to return to my big girl job, and I plan on enjoying every single minute from now until then.
Last week was jam packed with family time, cooking, and lots and lots of eating. Sounding familiar??
We had seven people this year for dinner and it was a perfect, intimate Christmas dinner. Roast chicken and ham were the meat options accompanied by a variety of side dishes including scalloped potatoes, balsamic carrots, cranberry sauce, sausage stuffing, and, of course, green bean casserole. For dessert I made the family favorite, pecan pie, and the most decadent chocolate peppermint cake. I used this chocolate cake recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and topped it with this to-die-for peppermint buttercream frosting from Jenny at Picky Palate. It was ridiculous and I plan on making it every year from now on.
The biggest perk about hosting holiday gatherings is enjoying leftovers. Let’s be honest, cooking and entertaining is a lot of work, but the reward of leftovers draws me in every time. There was tons of ham leftover from Christmas dinner, perfect for making ham and egg breakfast sandwiches, adding to scrambled eggs, sprinkling on pizza, and snacking here and there. When the ham is gone don’t forget to save the ham bone to add the most intense flavor to split pea soup! For lunch today I decided to raid my refrigerator and make a recipe entirely from leftovers. It’s a far cry from Chopped, but it was a fun challenge nonetheless. I had a pie crust, a few eggs, definitely ham, and a handful of cheddar cheese. I immediately thought about quiche, which is a classic breakfast, brunch, and lunch menu item. If you are a lover of breakfast-for-dinner, like me, it is also great served with a simple green salad in the evening.
The smoky ham combined with fresh scallions and salty cheese is an irresistible flavor. This quiche takes 5 minutes to put together and a quick 30 minutes to bake to perfection. Time to use up those leftovers!
- 1 refrigerated pie crust
- 1 c. diced ham
- 3 scallions, thinly sliced
- 5 large eggs
- 1/4 c. milk
- 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
- salt/pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Roll out the pie crust and press into a pie plate; crimp the edges to look pretty, if desired. Distribute ham evenly in the bottom of the pie crust.
Sprinkle with scallions.
Whisk eggs and milk in a bowl and season lightly with salt and pepper. Go easy on the salt since ham and cheese are both inherently salty.
Pour the egg mixture over the ham and scallions, evenly distributing as you pour. Sprinkle with cheddar and transfer to the oven.
Bake the quiche for 30-35 minutes until the egg is fully cooked and the crust is golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
I ran upstairs to take a shower while the quiche was cooking and the house smelled absolutely amazing when I came back down; I was instantly hungry! Happy holidays and enjoy!