Sometimes you just can’t make it to the grocery store. But you still want to make something awesome for the family and find yourself searching through the cupboards and refrigerator. Chances are you have some deli meat, eggs, cheese, and milk already on hand. What about vegetables… got any frozen peas? In partnership with Eckrich Deli Meats, I’m offering this simple ham and pea quiche recipe. It’s perfect for making in advance to warm up for an easy family dinner on the days when it feels there aren’t enough hours!
I love pre-prepared meals I can make when I have the time instead of when the kids are under my feet. It’s also a total win when you realize you already have the ingredients for something delicious already sitting in the fridge.
Eckrich Black Forest Ham
I had my Eckrich Black Forest Ham sliced extra thick fresh at the Walmart deli counter, but any way you slice it, it’s delicious. Eckrich Deli Meats are perfect for sandwiches but are so versatile you can use them for so much more! I love the flexibility of ordering from the deli counter and because it is dry cured and smoked, Eckrich Black Forest Ham has the intense, traditional taste that is perfect for this recipe.
The Pie Crust
When it comes to pie crust, you can make your own or use ready-made. I usually have a ready-made pie crust roll in the fridge because they keep for a while and they’re so easy. Otherwise, you’ll have to go old school and make some of your own. It’ll be worth it!
You can put any veg you like in a quiche! But I love peas and ham as a flavor combo… it’s probably my favorite soup, and it works brilliantly in a quiche. Fresh veggies can run sparse toward the end of the week, and I always have my backup peas ready to go in the freezer. There is no need to cook the peas beforehand, but I do sit them in a bowl of warm water to defrost while I’m making the pie crust.
The Cheese, Milk & Cream
If you don’t have cream on hand, don’t worry – the Eckrich Ham and pea quiche will still be delicious! The cream just adds a little extra something. I used a cheddar/swiss mix for this particular quiche and it worked brilliantly. Swiss is traditional for quiche but I like the extra flavor cheddar brings.
I used a 10″ deep tart pan for my quiche to give that perfect crinkled edge. If you don’t have one, don’t panic… you can get by with a cake tin. I also never use baking beads, you don’t need them. Baking beads are designed to keep the shape of the crust and prevent it from rising but honestly… in the event you do get a bubble, it will just push down with the weight of the filling. Just use what you have, right?
Without further ado… here is my simple family friendly Eckrich Ham and pea quiche recipe…
- 1 cup Eckrich Black Forest Ham
- 1 pie crust sheet
- ¾ cup frozen peas
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup grated swiss/cheddar mix cheese
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Allow pie crust to warm to near room temperature before rolling out and placing and pressing into a 10" deep tart pan. Refrigerate while the oven preheats to 350°F.
- Bake the pie crust for 10 mins., until it starts to turn golden. Set aside to cool.
- While pie crust is baking, add the frozen peas to a bowl of warm water to defrost.
- Chop the Eckrich Black Forest Ham into ½" cubes and add to the baked pie crust.
- Beat the eggs and mix in the milk, cream, cheese, peas, salt and pepper. Pour over the ham.
- Bake the quiche for 40 mins at 350°F and allow to stand for 10mins before serving.
Eckrich offers a wide range of products that can bring together your family meals, so do head for the deli counter the next time you’re at Walmart. You can easily turn around a potential dinner disaster with Eckrich deli meat, and whatever’s handy in your kitchen.
I hope you enjoy the ham and pea quiche… do let me know what you think!