Are you looking for a delicious brunch recipe that’s sure to please a crowd? Check out this Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quiche. It’s full of fragrant herbs, gooey cheese, and juicy ham. This recipe is excellent if you’re short on time, as it uses clever shortcut ingredients.
Feel free to make this quiche your own; there are endless possibilities! Try some of our suggestions, or create your own combination. Either way, you’ll end up with a winning dish the entire family will love.
Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quiche Ingredients
This Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quiche uses simple ingredients to create one stellar breakfast. You can go as basic or fancy as you like! Here are the base ingredients you need to add to your shopping cart.
Eggs: The base of every quiche is eggs. If you prefer, you can use an egg substitute, like Egg Makers. You can also lighten this dish by using egg whites or a mix of whole and egg whites.
Pie Crust: To keep things simple, I used a store-bought crust. If you’re feeling fancy, feel free to make your own! If preferred, go with phyllo dough, biscuit dough, or puff pastry. You can also go crustless if following a low-carb diet.
Ham: Diced ham gave each bite of the quiche the perfect amount of meat. Plus, you can buy it pre-diced at the grocery store. Win-win! You can use diced bacon or breakfast sausage if you’re not into ham.
Peppers: To keep this recipe universally friendly, I used diced pepper. Any bell pepper is a great option, as most people like them! This added color, gives the Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quiche a gorgeous presentation.
Cheese: A little cheddar makes everything better! I used pre-shredded cheese, but freshly shredded would add a nice touch. You can also substitute dairy-free cheese if desired. Feel free to use your favorite types of cheese, such as pepper jack, Swiss, feta, cream cheese, or Velveeta.
Herbs: Parsley and dill added just the right amount of earthy flavor. When the quiche cooks, it’s infused with a hint of herbal goodness. You can use fresh or dried herbs, but fresh will always give you an amplified flavor.
Other herb options include basil, oregano, Herbes de Provence, sage, and chives.
How to Make Easy Ham and Cheese Quiche
Quiche may sound fancy, but it comes together quickly. Even a novice chef can throw together a beautiful brunch. Follow this simple method, and you’ll always have a gorgeous quiche.
This is a great recipe to get the kids involved with! Even little ones can whisk eggs or sprinkle toppings over the filling.
Step One: Create the Crust
Preheat the oven to 375℉ and lightly grease a 9-inch pie pan. Roll out the pie crust and press it into the bottom of the pie pan. If desired, crimp the edges for a decorative effect. If using store-bought dough, be sure to give the dough time to thaw on the counter.
Step Two: Mix the Eggs
Combine the eggs, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and cream in a large mixing bowl until fluffy. If using dried herbs, add them now.
Step Three: Add Toppings
Pour the egg mixture into the pie crust and evenly sprinkle the chopped peppers, cheese, ham, and herbs over the top. Here’s a chance to get creative; it’s your masterpiece!
Pro Tip: For an even cooking process, sprinkle the same amount of toppings across the entire quiche.
Step Four: Bake and Serve
Place the quiche in the oven and bake until the center is just set, checking after 30 minutes. If the crust is browning too quickly, tent it with tin foil or add a pie crust protector. Your Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quiche will have a total cook time of 45-55 minutes. The quiche is done when the center is barely set. Let sit for a few minutes before slicing in. Enjoy!
Things to Know…
Storing Leftover Quiche
I can’t imagine you’ll have many leftovers! If you find yourself with extras, you can store them in the fridge, covered, for up to 4 days. You can also freeze leftovers for up to 4 months.
Making your quiche in advance and storing it in the freezer is a great option for parties. Less time in the kitchen means more time socializing with friends!
To keep things simple, serve your Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quiche with muffins, fruit, and orange juice. If you want to get fancy, try one of these tasty recipes.
Homemade Granola: This recipe is fun, versatile, and healthy! Add some yogurt and fresh berries for a yogurt bar. Or enjoy it on its own with a bowl of milk.
Buttermilk Biscuits: Serve these flaky biscuits with honey, butter, or sausage gravy. They’re sure to be a hit!
Brownie Baked Oatmeal: This gooey baked oatmeal is a great addition to any breakfast spread. It’s rich, flavorful, and aesthetically pleasing when paired with whipped cream and berries!
Eggs are a great neutral base that tastes great when paired with a variety of ingredients. Here are some of our favorite quiche variations.
Tex-Mex: Add chili powder, pickled jalapeno, salsa, and cilantro. This is a delicious combination that will please anyone who loves Mexican cheese.
Mini Quiches: To serve your quiche in bite-size form, cut pieces of pie crust to fit in a mini muffin tin. Add 1-2 tablespoons of filling to each muffin cup and bake for 10-15 minutes.
Mushroom and Swiss: Create your egg base as usual, but swap the toppings for fresh sliced mushrooms and shredded Swiss cheese. Delicious!
Tuscan: For gourmet flair, add drained sundried tomatoes, spinach, and goat cheese. Be sure to pat your drained tomatoes dry if they’re packed in oil!
Veggie Delight: If you adore veggies replace the meat with asparagus, broccoli, and diced onion. This adds bulk to the quiche and gives it plenty of health benefits!Print
This Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quiche is full of fragrant herbs, gooey cheese, and juicy ham. It comes together within minutes!
1 pie crust
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
¾ cup heavy whipping cream
¼ cup chopped bell peppers
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons fresh herbs or 3 teaspoons dried
- Preheat the oven to 375℉ and lightly grease a 9-inch pie pan. Roll out the pie crust and press it into the bottom of the pie pan. If desired, crimp the edges for a decorative effect.
- Combine the eggs, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and cream in a large mixing bowl until fluffy. If using dried herbs, add them now.
- Pour the egg mixture into the pie crust and evenly sprinkle the chopped peppers, cheese, ham, and herbs over the top.
- Place the quiche in the oven and bake until the center is just set, checking after 30 minutes. If the crust is browning too quickly, you can tent it with tin foil or add a pie crust protector. Your Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quiche will have a total cook time of 45-55 minutes. The quiche is done when the center is barely set. Let sit for a few minutes before slicing in. Enjoy!