Our Christmas gathering with my husbands side of the family happens on Boxing Day and we enjoy a mid-morning brunch together instead of a traditional turkey dinner. This has always been more than okay with me because I’m all about brunch and much prefer to over eat a little earlier in the day than later!
This year, four days before Christmas, we received the upsetting news that my mother in law had slipped on the ice in their driveway and her hip was broken. She had hip replacement surgery within 48 hours and was thankfully sent home on Christmas Day. Needless to say she was in no shape to cook or do anything other than rest so my sister in law and I took on the meal planning.
It’s pretty easy to put together a great brunch menu and ours included gourmet hashbrowns, sausage, a pull apart cinnamon roll, other pastries, lots of fruit and my simple ham and cheese mini quiches! If you’ve never made quiche and think it sounds complicated and time consuming you couldn’t be more wrong. Here’s an easy recipe that you can make for your next family brunch!
List of ingredients:
2/3 cup heavy (whipping) cream
salt & pepper to taste
pinch onion powder
1/2 cup diced ham
1/4 cup diced red pepper
1/4 cup sliced green onion
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
mini pastry shells (12-16 approx.)
Note: I usually make 12 but always have some extra toppings and egg mixture left over.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Beat eggs and cream together until light and fluffy.
Add in salt and pepper and onion powder.
Combine ham, red pepper and green onion.
Place pastry shells on a cookie sheet and fill each with a teaspoon or so of the ham and veggies.
Top with a sprinkle of cheese.
Pour egg mixture over top to approx. 3/4 full.
Bake for 25 minutes or until tops are browned lightly.
I love quiche served with a side of fruit and of course a cup of coffee!