Frigid temps are for the birds. Thankfully, we have comfort food to help assuage the painful fact that we do not all possess the means to fly south for the winter.
You know, when you think of it, comfort food is kinda mamby-pamby. There are times when it’s almost too comforting–because, let’s face it, there are days when you need something that will fight back … something to put hair on your chest … something that will make you stand up and shout, “Whoa–got a seed!”
Lucky for you, I have just the thing…
It’s a ham, cheese, and jalapeno quiche. Remember this? The very one–though you’ll be glad to know I’ve since learned a few things. For starters, it would behoove you to use a deep dish with this puppy. As with anything I attempt to make, it’s easy, but prep takes a bit of time. I’ve started preparing the ingredients ahead of time; then I only have to dump and bake (okay, that came out totally wrong–but you know what I mean). Not into heat that makes you beg for mercy? Try using a jar of Nacho Jalapenos. You can totally spot the evil suckers; and once you take out the seeds, they’re as calm as Sunday afternoon. Mostly. AND it takes longer to bake … but I’m thinking that may just be my oven. Sigh.
So, without further ado, the recipe for what I fondly refer to as …
½ pound cooked ham, cubed
4 slices of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup chopped onion
1 med tomato, chopped
2 Tbl fresh mushrooms, chopped
Jalapeños, sliced and seeded (to taste)
1 Tbl dried parsley flakes
1 9” pie crust (a deep dish works best)
4 eggs, beaten
1 tsp dry mustard
½ cup sour cream
Taking it from there …
- Preheat oven to 450° F.
- Layer the ham, bacon, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, onion, tomato, ‘shrooms and jalapeños in pie crust.
- Sprinkle parsley over the top.
- Combine eggs, mustard and sour cream—mix well.
- Pour over other ingredients.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes—or until filling is set (don’t forget to cover the crust to avoid excess browning); let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.