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It’s Melissa from Bless this Mess and I’m back to share another great recipe with you. In my mind lots of you are going to be heading out to dinner tomorrow night, so I thought a breakfast recipe would be awesome to help you spoil your Valentine. And if you don’t have dinner plans you can make breakfast for dinner; always a favorite in my house.
This easy ham and cheese breakfast pie is a meal in a dish. You can’t go wrong with green onions, ham, and cheese nestled in a warm bready egg mixture. The texture of this is different from probably anything you’ve had. It falls somewhere between a quiche (very eggy) and a strata (very bready). My family went crazy for it and it reheats like a dream. Add a fruit salad on the side and a cold glass of milk and you’ve got yourself one satisfying meal.
Adjust the rack in your oven to a low position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch pie plate with the soften butter. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the butter evenly so that it coats the pie plate evenly.
In a medium bowl add the cheese, ham, and green onions and stir to combine. Sprinkle the cheese mixture evenly over the bottom of the pie plate.
In that same bowl, that is now empty, add the flour, baking powder, pepper, and salt. Whisk to combine the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the half-and-half, eggs, and mustard. Whisk to combine the wet and dry ingredient. Continue to whisk until the mixture is smooth. Pour the flour and egg mixture over the cheese, ham, and onions in the pie plate.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the filling is set (no giggle to it) and the top is light golden brown. Let it cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before serving. Slice into wedges and serve warm.
Half-and-half adds a lot of richness and flavor to the pie and I don't think substituting milk would work nearly as well.
Don't be nervous about adding the mustard. It adds a nice little kick but no one will be able to tell just where that kick came from.
An 8-inch square baking dish can be used instead of a pie plate
This recipe is adapted from Cook’s Country Magazine the February/March 2013 issue, page 8. I love this magazine and always pick up a copy from the library when I can.
I thought that I could give you a few more recipes that you could make if you aren’t in the mood for breakfast. Making food for people is definitely a major way I show love, just ask my friends and neighbors! If you were to make any of these recipes, the recipient of your food would definitely feel loved too because these are keepers! Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day to you.