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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Quiche with a potato crust

I originally found this recipe at, one of my favorite sources for breakfast and brunch dishes. Now I see the same recipe all over, though not on the original site. Maybe the inn, Derby Hill in Loveland, Colo., is closed or no longer listed.
Bed and breakfasts usually offer very good fare. I’ve only eaten at one or two that did not, and that food was better than you’d get in a hotel’s standard complimentary breakfast. The hosts often are interesting, and only a few we’ve encountered have been … weird.
A woman at an inn in Silverton, Colo., ignored our arrival in favor of washing her SUV so she could make a point to her boyfriend, who apparently had neglected the chore. But her French toast was great and the room beautiful.
The suggestions for trimming fat are mine, though you go a long way just by skipping the usual pie crust. Someday I’ll try it without meat and with more veggies. We were quite happy with the potato crust; you can tell by the photo, which shows how large and unevenly we cut our pieces.

Crispy Potato Quiche
(6 servings)
1 24-oz. package frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
1/3 cup melted butter OR butter-flavored cooking spray
1 cup shredded hot pepper cheese or any cheese
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese or any cheese
1 cup diced cooked ham (turkey ham is fine) or cooked breakfast sausage
1/2 cup half and half (fat-free or low-fat OK)
2 eggs (egg substitute OK)
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt

Press thawed hash browns between paper towels to remove moisture. Fit hash browns into greased 10-inch pie plate, pressing to form crust. Brush crust with melted butter, making certain to brush top edges, or spray generously with cooking spray.
Bake at 425° for 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Sprinkle cheeses and ham evenly over bottom of crust. Beat half and half with eggs and seasoned salt. Pour over cheeses and ham.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

The bed and breakfast site also has some great French toast and coffeecake recipes.

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