Ham, Potato, and Cheese Quiche Recipe

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The crustless ham, potato, and cheese quiche is a must-try that will revitalize the pie as you know it. It boasts appetite-whetting flavors that’ll captivate your taste buds and send them straight to culinary bliss.

This crustless indulgence makes room for more of the good stuff – the savory filling – and also cuts down on preparation time. The best part of this dish is that you only require a few cooking utensils to make the magic happen.

Cheese Quiche

What Exactly Is Quiche?

Quiche, a French word, automatically makes one think of a French origin. However, many theories point out it is a dish born in Germany during the medieval era and later adopted by France.

It consists of meat and vegetable fillings covered by an egg custard, then baked in the oven until set. Traditionally, people make it with a crust and no cheese. But let’s admit it, in modern-day life, one doesn’t always have time to get the rolling pin out. And no cheese? It is the best part of any dish!

That is why this recipe is here to remedy those problems. It is beautifully versatile and really simple to prepare. Not only can one use just about anything as filling, but it can be enjoyed as any meal of the day, from breakfast to dinner.


You won’t need any fancy cooking equipment for this dish because only a few basic items are needed. This ensures your kitchen is kept neat and only a little bit of time is spent washing up afterward.

  • Cutting board and a sharp knife: to chop and dice all vegetables.
  • Potato peeler: to remove skins from the potatoes.
  • Frying pan: to glaze ham and cook potatoes.
  • Spoon: to stir everything being fried in the pan.
  • Fork: to whisk the dairy and eggs.
  • Grater: to grate the cheese.
  • Bowl or measuring jug: to whisk dairy products in.
  • Ovenproof dish or muffin tray: to bake quiche in.
  • Oven mitts: to safely remove the quiche from the oven.
Quiche Utensils

Key Ingredients

The following food items are what you’ll need to create this show-stopper. Most of them are already in the pantry as standard cooking items, whilst the rest can be easily obtained from any local supermarket.

  • Ham steaks: the slices are thick and allow easy cooking and glazing in the pan. It also ensures a fuller taste profile when eating.
  • Waxy potatoes: These potatoes are low in starch but high in moisture. Therefore, they tend to keep their shape after cooking. This makes them ideal for the quiche as you don’t want them to become mashed and disappear into the filling.
  • Rosemary: Either fresh or dried variety is fine. It elevates the flavor profile and gives out an atmosphere like a Sunday roast or Christmas Eve dinner with your family.
  • Dijon mustard: Ham works so beautifully with mustard; it seems abnormal to ever separate the two.
  • Maple syrup/honey: The sweetness not only compliments the ham but also blends perfectly with the mustard to take you one step closer to that glazed gammon slowly roasting in the oven.
  • Onion and garlic: These fragrant components always take food to another level. Onions have the tendency to absorb and enhance aromatic ingredients throughout the dish.
  • Sour cream and milk: the dairy creates the custard filling, which is thick and creamy
  • Eggs: the eggs are key in binding everything together during the baking process. It ensures that everything sticks together and becomes one delectable tart.
  • Cheese: There are two familiar cheese varieties in this recipe. Grana Padano lends a subtle creamy texture to the filling and adds savory notes. On the other hand, Cheddar sprinkled on the top gives a traditional oven-baked cheese taste to round the quiche off perfectly.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
Quiche Ingredients

Making The Quiche

The process of making the tart is quite straightforward, allowing you to savor the final result of eating it so much more. Let’s get started with the filling, and within 45 minutes, you can start baking.

Step 1: Prepare The Equipment

Arrange all the necessary kitchen equipment within reach. This makes the process smoother than having to open and close cupboards and drawers multiple times.

Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F) so that it’s hot enough by the time the quiche is ready to bake. Spray an ovenproof dish/muffin tray with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Step 2: Cook And Glaze The Ham

Unlike a gammon that needs to be cooked overnight, this step is much quicker with hams. Simply place the ham slices in a pan over medium heat and brown on either side.

Mix together the mustard and syrup/ honey and pour half over one side of the ham. Turn the ham over and pour the remainder over. Allow it to cook for a few minutes on both sides until the ham slices are glazed.

Ham Steaks Glazing Preparation

Remove the hams from the pan and cut them into small cubes of about 1cm.

Glazed Ham Cubes

Step 3: Fry Chopped Onions, Garlic, And Potatoes

Peel the onion and garlic and chop them separately on the chopping board.

Quiche Chopped Onion

Next, peel the potatoes and cut them into cubes. 1-centimeter cubes are ideal for fast frying and even baking alongside the ham pieces.

Add some olive oil to the same pan to allow all the flavors to stick together throughout the cooking process (not to mention fewer dishes to clean up afterward!) Fry the onion on medium heat until translucent, then add the chopped garlic clove.

Quiche Onion In Skillet

Toss in the potatoes and allow everything to cook for a few minutes before adding the salt and rosemary. Once the rosemary is added, it will cook for another couple of minutes to infuse with everything in the pan.

Quiche Potatoes In Skillet

Test the potatoes after approximately 15 minutes. If you can poke a thin knife or trussing needle into the center of the cubes easily, they’re cooked and can be removed from the heat. In case the potatoes are still hard, cook them a little bit longer and test every few minutes until they’re soft.

Step 4: Prepare The Dairy And Egg Topping

In a bowl, whisk the milk, sour cream, and eggs together with a fork. Add the Grana Padano, then give it another quick stir.

Quiche Dairy And Eggs

Add the ham and potato mixture into the custard before spooning the mixture into the prepared ovenproof dish and topping with Cheddar cheese.

Quiche Prebaking

Step 5: Bake And Enjoy!

The hard work is done. Just pop the dish into the oven and let it bake until set. Using a large dish to make one quiche should allow for 45-60 minutes of baking time, whilst smaller muffin trays will ensure the little quiches are baked in about 30 minutes.

After the specified time, check that the egg custard is set and no longer raw. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Some Notes And Extra Tips To Make Your Cooking Easier

Efficiency is important in the kitchen, and one wants to reach this in the easiest way possible. Here are some tips to make the prep-work light and have the final product be a guaranteed success.

  • This recipe uses a large amount of cheese and olive oil for extra richness and creaminess. Feel free to cut down on it if you prefer a lighter meal.
  • If the potatoes are quite small, add some more. Similarly, if they are much larger than usual, use 1-2 potatoes less.
  • If you can’t find ham steaks, buy a small ham loaf and cut your own steaks. Alternatively, use thinly sliced ham and cook at a ¼ of the specified time.
  • Replace the ham with smoked tofu if you want to turn the quiche into a vegetarian dish .
  • Grana Padano cheese is quite savory, and the more aged it is, the stronger its taste will be. Be sure to taste it beforehand to gauge its saltiness, and avoid overseasoning the rest of the quiche.
  • You can pick whichever Cheddar cheese products you like. White or yellow versions all work.
  • No need to put too much cheese on top of the quiche as you don’t want it to be too rich.
  • Bake the quiche in a large ovenproof dish to serve as mains or fill a muffin tray to make smaller individual nibbles.
  • A quiche is perfect for any meal of the day, be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Perfect Quiche Pairings

You’ve perfected this recipe, but all delicious quiches need different sides to elevate them. Here are some easy-to-prepare ideas with subtle flavors, allowing the ham, potato, and cheese to remain the highlight.

  • Basic green salad with vinaigrette is an easy go-to option with its familiar flavors. It offers a light contrast to the rich flavors of the quiche.
  • Coleslaw with raisins and a mayo dressing provides sweet and tangy nuances to the savory mouthfeel of the tart.
  • Sweet potato fries lend a subtle sweetness to give one’s palate a pause from the immense delectability of the crustless delight.

How Store The Leftovers Properly

If you have some leftover quiche, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Alternatively, quiche can also go into the freezer for up to three months.

And don’t worry! You can reheat quiche in various ways. For instance, pop it into the microwave for a few minutes and enjoy. Or with frozen quiche, warm it in a preheated oven of 180°C for about 30 minutes, and it’s ready to go.

A Quiche Is A Multi-Category Winner!

The crustless ham, potato, and cheese quiche with its unique filling is easy, uncomplicated, and can be made by even the most inexperienced cook, not to mention the immaculate taste that will wow your guests!

Don’t miss the chance to print this wonderful recipe out or write it down and try it as soon as possible; you won’t regret it. In fact, you’ll probably get requests to make your delicious quiche at family gatherings and friend get-togethers soon.

Ham Potato And Cheese Quiche

Ham, Potato, And Cheese Quiche

Get ready to change quiche as you know it and amaze your family or guests with an intricate-tasting yet easy-to-make twist of this German/French indulgence. But this dish is extremely rich and hearty; you may want to tweak it a little bit to suit your taste.
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Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, French, German
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 1038kcal


  • 2 ham steaks, precooked (about the size of a slice of bread)
  • 4-5 medium waxy potatoes
  • 2 tsp (10ml) dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) maple syrup / honey
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1.5 tsp (7.5 ml) dried rosemary / 1 large sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 0.5 cup (125 ml) sour cream
  • 0.5 cup (125 ml) fresh milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (250 ml) grated Grana Padano cheese
  • 1 cup (250 ml) grated Cheddar cheese
  • 4 Tbsp (60ml) olive oil
  • 0.7 tsp (3.75 ml) salt


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C and spray an ovenproof dish/muffin tray with non-stick spray.
  • Warm a pan to medium heat and place the ham steaks next to each other in the pan. Allow them to brown lightly for about 2 minutes on either side.
  • Whilst they brown, mix together the mustard and syrup/honey. Pour half over one side of the ham, then turn onto the other side and pour the other half over. Allow the glaze to warm up and stick to the ham before flipping again. Cook each side for 3-4 minutes.
    Ham Steaks Glazing Preparation
  • In the meantime, peel and chop the onion as well as the garlic. Peel the potatoes, rinse them and cut them into cubes of about 1cm.
    Quiche Chopped Onion
  • Remove the steaks from the pan and allow to cool before cutting into 1-centimeter cubes. Coat the same pan with olive oil, add the onion and cook over medium heat until translucent. Toss in the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
    Glazed Ham Cubes
  • Quiche Onion In Skillet
  • Add the potato cubes and turn down the heat a notch or two so they can fry thoroughly without burning.
    Quiche Potatoes In Skillet
  • Sprinkle in the salt and rosemary* and stir every minute or two, ensuring the potatoes remain loose and cook evenly on all sides. If using fresh rosemary, remove the little leaves from the stalk and toss them in the pan to move around easily with the rest of the contents.
  • Test the potatoes after 15 minutes of cooking. If they’re soft, remove from the heat. Set aside to cool down.
  • Pour the milk, sour cream, and eggs into a bowl and whisk together. Add the Grana Padano, giving it another brief stir to combine everything. Add the ham and potato mixture to the liquid, stir again, then pour the custard into the ovenproof dish or divide evenly into the muffin holes.
    Quiche Dairy And Eggs
  • Top with Cheddar cheese and pop into the oven to bake. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for a few minutes, and serve.
    Quiche Prebaking


  • One large quiche will take 45-60 minutes to cook through, while smaller muffin-sized ones will bake in 25 minutes.
  • This recipe is quite high in calories, but you can make it healthier by reducing the amount of cheese and olive oil.


Calories: 1038kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 253mg | Sodium: 3223mg | Potassium: 1629mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1481IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 1264mg | Iron: 4mg
Ham, Potato, And Cheese Quiche
Renata Du Toit

Renata Du Toit

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Renata Du Toit, residing in Munich, Germany, is a culinary content creator with expertise spanning from the vibrant food culture of South Africa to the thorough standards of European cuisine. Her writing blends culinary innovation with nutritional insights. Renata’s work insightfully connects food practices with health, making her contributions invaluable to the global culinary dialogue.

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