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Crustless Quiche with Ham, Mushrooms & Chives

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Serves 6

Take away the fuss of a crust, and a quiche makes a perfect weeknight dinner: quick and delicious. The basic batter is a snap to make, and depending on what you add to it, the variations are endless. You can also bake mini quiches as hors d'oeuvres.

  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 lb. white button mushrooms, wiped clean,   stems trimmed, caps quartered (or cut smaller if large)
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 oz. ham, sliced 1/8 inch thick and cut into 1-1/2x1/2-inch strips
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1-1/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • Pinch cayenne
  • Butter or oil for the pan
  • 2 oz. Gruyère, grated (to yield 1/2 cup)
  • 2 Tbs. snipped chives

Position a rack in the top third of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F.

Heat the oil and butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter has melted, add the mushrooms, sprinkle with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned slightly, about 8 minutes. If the mushrooms release a lot of water, increase the heat to evaporate it. Toss in the ham and cook, stirring frequently, until it has browned a bit, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, season with a little salt and pepper, and set aside to cool.

Put the cornstarch in a medium bowl. Whisking steadily, slowly pour in 1/2 cup of the milk, mixing until quite smooth. Whisk in the whole eggs and egg yolks, mixing again until smooth, and then gradually whisk in the rest of the milk, the cream, salt, and cayenne.

Butter or oil a 2-quart, 7x11-inch Pyrex dish or an 8x11-inch ceramic gratin dish. Spread the ham and mushroom mixture over the bottom of the pan. Scatter on the Gruyère and chives.

Whisk the batter in case it has settled and then pour it into the baking dish. Bake until the top is deep golden and the custard is set (insert a pick in the center to check; it should be softly set, neither liquid nor firm), 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand for 30 minutes before serving.

Make Ahead Tips

The batter can be made up to one day ahead and refrigerated, covered.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 350; Fat (g): 28; Fat Calories (kcal): 250; Saturated Fat (g): 14; Protein (g): 14; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9; Carbohydrates (g): 11; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3; Sodium (mg): 910; Cholesterol (mg): 235; Fiber (g): 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Just great. I have a diabetic son and the prospect of no crust was too good to pass by. What made it was the custard - it was smooth and comforting! Changed nothing except doubled it and put it in a 13x9x2 pyrex dish.

Yummy recipe!!! Just a suggestion, if you want to make it a bit more high-end for guests, use instead jamon iberico de bellota - aka pata negra or black hoof-. Iberico has a strong and delicious flavor, I buy mine from BuyJamon.com BuyJamon.com the market place for iberico ham.

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