Cheesy Ham Quiche with Hash Brown Crust

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3 cups shredded frozen hash browns, thawed and patted dry

4 T. butter, melted

3 large eggs, beaten

1 c. half-and-half

3/4 c. diced cooked ham

1/2 c. diced green onions

1 c. shredded cheese (cheddar, gruyere, fontina etc.)

salt and freshly ground pepper

 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a 9-inch pie plate, toss the hash browns with the melted butter and press into the bottom and sides to make a crust.

Bake for 20-25 min. until golden brown and beginning to crisp.

Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  When the hash brown crust is ready, pour the egg mixture over it and return to the oven.

Lower the oven temp. to 350 degrees and bake for about 30 minutes until the quiche is light golden brown on top and puffed.

Adapted from Paula Deen

 

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