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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great . . .

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big scary ski mask?

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What do you call a mischievous egg?

A practical yolker!

I found these hilarious egg cups on ebay.  I don’t know which is scarier — the ski masks for soft-boiled eggs, or the fact that someone actually made ski masks for soft-boiled eggs.  I’m pretty sure the day my husband comes home and finds me knitting ski caps for eggs is the day I get to start using my maiden name again.  I was surprised to see they were made in Italy.  I would have guessed Arkansas (just kidding).

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I can hardly wait to surprise the kids with these at breakfast on Easter morning.  It’ll give them something to share with their therapist some day.  Believe it or not, I’ve never made soft-boiled eggs.  I’m going to use this recipe from Leite’s Culinaria.

Looking around the interwebs, I was surprised to find a lot of off-color versions of the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme.  Not as many as Mary and her poor little lamb (trust me on this one).  Today, however, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men are going to enjoy Ham and Cheese Quiche, inspired by these weird little eggheads.  This quiche is my son’s favorite dish, and I have sent it along with many compassion meals.  Quiche is awesome — it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizer, a car, whatever you want it to be.  It’s simple as pie to make, and comes out great every time.  There are a gazillion versions of the basic recipe out there, but the proportion of eggs, lowfat milk, and half and half in this one results in a fluffy quiche that everyone here loves.  You can make your own crust, if you prefer, but like my friend once told me when I suggested she could make her own baby food, “Yeah, I could wash cloth diapers too, but that’s not gonna happen.”

5.0 from 2 reviews
Recipe type: Appetizer, Main Course
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust, thawed
  • 4 ounces smoked ham, chopped
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) grated Swiss cheese, divided use
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ½ cup lowfat milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Fit pie crust into a 9" deep dish pie plate. Fold edges under, and crimp decoratively. Bake for 7 minutes, then remove from oven and set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  2. Sprinkle ham and 1 cup cheese into prepared crust. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, milk, salt, cayenne, pepper, and nutmeg. Pour mixture into crust and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake until quiche is set, approximately 35 to 40 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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Off to a great start


 Ready for the oven

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 Real men DO eat quiche — trust me!


 Quiche me, quick!

6 thoughts on “HAM AND CHEESE QUICHE

  1. It’s true, every word of praise for this quiche. Nancy made one for my family when we were holding 24/7 hospital vigils for our mother. Sporting oven mitts, she and her daughter hand delivered the still-warm quiche – absolutely THE BEST I’ve ever had. Thanks, Nancy, for the recipe. And I love your blog – very clever. Made me laugh…and may make me cook! pc

    • Thanks Phyllis! It was our pleasure, and we were happy you enjoyed it. I’ll probably be cranking out a few quiches in the next week or two as the kids start studying for exams — I’ll be sure to send one your way!

      • Be careful what you promise! You may find me camped out on your doorstep, fork in hand. Actually, I’m going to attempt one of my own now that I have your recipe. Teach a man to fish…

  2. Completely agree on quiche . . . it is great for any meal. Now, about those ski mask eggs and their MATCHING ski masks. Someone obviously put a lot of time and thought in knitting these . . . but why?!? There are so many other things to do in Italy!

  3. I am so with you on this one, in fact I was considering an asparagus, cheese and bacon quiche for supper since I have all the ingredients and everyone always likes it. Adorable egg cups.

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