Rule #226: Breakfast doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does have to be delicious.
There’s nothing like a warm breakfast that gets you fueled for the day… unless it’s a warm breakfast that gets you fueled for the day that’s easy to make and can be made ahead of time! This easy Hash Brown Quiche fits all of those delicious descriptions.
Using frozen hash browns as the crust gives this little breakfast dish a step up on the Scrumptious Scale.
Both of our kids gobble this stuff up like it’s their job! And I don’t mind because it’s full of protein and goodness to get them through their mornings (at least until snack time, right?).
First, melt 4 tbs. of butter. Toss the melted butter with about 3 cups of frozen hash browns that have been thawed.
Spray a quiche or baking dish with cooking spray, then carefully press the buttered hash browns into and around the dish. Don’t worry if there are holes… this dish ain’t a perfectionist.
Bake at 450 for 20-25 minutes until crust is golden brown.
Now, we make the filling for our quiche. Dice some cooked ham into small, less-than-bite-sized pieces. We usually can actually find already diced, cooked ham in the deli section, but this grocery trip they were all sold out. First World Problems, no?
Now, whisk 3 eggs together.
Then pour in some half-and-half.
Add in your diced ham and some shredded cheddar cheese.
Next toss in some chopped green onions and freshly ground black pepper.
Pour the egg mixture into the cooked hash brown crust.
Make sure everything settles nice and evenly. Move little bits around if you need to in order to keep this quiche in line. You want every little bit evenly distributed (no one wants a bite without some ham and cheese, ya know?).
Bake the quiche at 350 for 25 minutes or until set (aka when you jiggle the dish, there’s no movement).
Garnish with more green onions if your little heart so desires.
You can slice this little gem up, wrap each piece in foil, then store in the freezer until you’re ready to eat it.
This recipe makes 8 servings coming in under 250 calories each with only 10g net carbs and 13g of protein! Not too shabby for a delicious little breakfast.
Hash Brown Quiche
3 cups (about 260 grams) shredded frozen hash browns, thawed, room temperature
4 tbs. unsalted butter, melted
3 eggs, whisked
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup diced, cooked ham
3 green onions, diced, plus more for garnish
¾ cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 450.
Toss the hash browns with the melted butter. Press into a 9-inch quiche or pie plate, forming a crust on the sides and bottom. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Meanwhile, whisk together remaining ingredients.
Lower the oven to 350. Pour the egg mixture over the cooked hash brown crust; bake for 25 minutes or until set.
Garnish with green onions.