You know all that stuff I said about eating healthy, whole foods? This Ham and Cheese Pie can be done that way. Or you can do it the way I did it this week, when I was tired and frazzled and had a thousand other things to do that afternoon.
You can use a regular pie crust, but my favorite part of this recipe is that it uses a thing of those canned crescent rolls. Did you know they now have that dough without the crescent roll perforations? Yup, I guess they figured so many people were using it as pie dough, they’d just save us some time. Rock on, Pillsbury!
Sure, you can use your home-smoked leftover ham that you froze at Christmas. Just chop the pieces into a fairly small dice. Or, you can cheat. I picked up a couple of 8 oz packages of pre-diced ham in the grocery store. The only thing I can think of that you should probably do is not dump it straight into the pie, but into a colander – or a sieve, actually, since the pieces are pretty small – and rinse it to get rid of the extremely salty ham juice. I didn’t do this step and everyone in the family remarked on how salty the end product was.
Umm, just use 8 oz grated cheese. I picked sharp cheddar.
Preheat your oven to 325F. Line a pie pan with your nifty dough. In another bowl, mix together
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbs finely chopped onion. I was so lazy I even skipped this step.
1 1/2 cup diced ham. I just used both packages, so ours was extra hammy. Don’t forget to rinse.
8 oz grated cheese. Use a couple of different kinds, if you like. Clean out the cheese drawer.
Here’s where I deviated from the recipe. I did the eggs first, then hit my spice cabinet. I added onion powder (to make up for the onion I was too lazy to chop), garlic powder, dried mustard, a dash of cumin and a bit of chili powder. Mix that into the egg, then add the ham and cheese.
Pop the mixture into the pie pan, bake for one hour.
That’s it. Took 5 minutes to prep, then I had time to do all my other stuff while it baked.
And once again, I didn’t think to get a picture. Hey, I said I was busy! But it actually is a pretty pie when it comes out of the oven.
Mom’s having what will hopefully be her 8th and final knee surgery today. They’ll be putting in the actual knee joint. Prayers for easy surgery and quick recovery, please!