Friday Foodie: Ham and Cheese Pie (plus, Mom’s surgery)

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.

Crust:
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!

Ham:
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.

Cheese:
Umm, just use 8 oz grated cheese. I picked sharp cheddar.

The process:
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.

ALSO:

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!

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