Quiche

The other day i bought a ham joint with the intention of cutting it up to make Gammon steaks.

The joint cost me £3.95 and it gave us 3 chunky cuts which were delicious ... but there was a fair bit left in off cuts.

Rather than bin in (as it wasn't enough to make another steak) i decided to use it to make a quiche.
I'd never made one before so i was a little apprehensive but it worked out to be a tasty meal that cost very little to make.

There are loads of flavour combinations you can make. Whatever leftovers you have can be turned into a quiche.

Chicken and mushroom
Ham and cheese
Spinach and mushroom
Four cheese
Tuna and sweetcorn
Pumpkin and feta

Seriously ANYTHING!

Since we had some mushrooms left over too i decided to pop that in with the ham, along with some onion and cheese.

Its so easy to make ... i was surprised i hadn't tried it before.

The Shortcrust pastry can be made by hand or you can buy the ready rolled. I went the Homemade route ...

You'll Need
225g Plain Flour
100g Butter, diced
Your own choice of filling
Grated Cheese
3 or 4 eggs, beaten
3 tbs Milk
Salt and pepper

To Make
Pre-Heat the oven to 180 degrees

Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Stir in the salt, then add 2-3 tbsp water and mix to a firm dough. Knead the dough briefly and gently on a floured surface. Roll out the dough to approx 1cm thick.

Dust a pie dish lightly with flour and gently lay the rolled pastry over the top. Pressing it into the edges and removing any excess dough that hangs over the edge.

The remaining dough can be wrapped in cling film and stored in the fridge to be used later (Or make another quiche to freeze later).

Place a sheet of baking paper over the top and add rice to the top to hold the paper down. *This is called blind baking*

Pop in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until slightly browned. While the base is baking, prepare the filling. *I fried up ham, onion and mushrooms but at this point you can cook whichever filling you like*


Once browned, remove the rice and paper and add the filling. Mix the beaten eggs, milk, salt and pepper and pour over into the pie. The size of the dish you used and the amount of filling you have will depend on the number of eggs you need. 

Pop the pie back in the oven and cook till the eggs have set. Sprinkle over some grated cheese and leave in the oven for an extra few minutes till it melts.

Remove from oven, Cut and serve.


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