COUNTRY HAM AND TOMATO QUICHE IN PHYLLO PASTRY

Not all quiches are created equal, and this one certainly deserves a special place in Quiche-dom. Loveliness aside, it’s fabulously tasty and the country ham is a hearty (read: manly) addition. Fortunately for my guys, I exercised willpower and divvied half my portion between them. Success!

Country Ham & Tomato Quiche in Phyllo Pastry

Phyllo pastry sheets (approximately 20)

olive oil cooking spray (so much easier than brushing melted butter between layers)

6 oz country ham, cut into 1/2″ pieces

4 eggs

3 tbsp all-purpose flour

1-3/4 cups half-and-half

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp paprika

4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2″ cubes

2 small tomatoes, sliced into thin rounds (the ever-tasty Camparis are a wonderful choice)

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2) Since Phyllo pastry sheets usually come two sets to a package and are kept frozen until ready to use, allow one set to come to room temperature an hour prior to using; unroll and cut off excess so you have a square of layers; layer sheets in pie pan, lightly spraying olive oil between each layer and arranging corners to form pretty triangles around the edge of the pie pan as pictured; bake 8-10 minutes until sheets start to crisp up and turn lightly golden

3) Meanwhile, in skillet over medium-high heat, cook country ham 3-4 minutes, stirring often; remove from heat and set aside

4) In medium bowl, whisk eggs and flour until well blended; whisk in half-and-half, salt, pepper, and paprika

5) Remove pastry shell from oven and scatter country ham over bottom, followed by cheese and tomatoes; slowly pour egg mixture into shell, careful not to disturb the layers of ham, cheese, and tomato

6) Bake 55-60 minutes until egg is set; remove from oven and cool 15-20 minutes before serving (I served atop greens with cut strawberries)

NOTE: This is a “repeat” recipe featured on my original “Kitchen Novelist” blog 04/30/12

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3 thoughts on “COUNTRY HAM AND TOMATO QUICHE IN PHYLLO PASTRY

  1. What a fine use for country ham, which can be so flavorful but sometimes over-powering!

  2. […] ham” variety. However, since I bought too much of this Southern delight for my  Country Ham and Tomato Quiche, I decided to cut back on the bacon in this recipe and add the extra kick of country ham. Yum! A […]

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