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Hash Brown Crusted Veggie and Ham Quiche

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

3 cups (about 10 ounces) frozen hash browns, thawed

4 tablespoons unsalted butter 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1/2 small zucchini, diced (about 1/2 cup) 

1/2 small red bell pepper, diced (about 1/2 cup) 

1 ounce (about 1 slice) ham, chopped 

1/3 cup shredded sharp Cheddar 

1/2 cup heavy cream 

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives 

Large pinch cayenne 

3 large eggs 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Pat the hash browns dry and add to a large bowl. Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a medium skillet and add to the hash browns with salt and pepper and mix well. Press the hash browns on the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan, pushing them gently into the corners. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the remaining tablespoon butter in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini and bell pepper and cook, stirring, occasionally, until slightly softened, about 3 minutes.
  4. Spoon the vegetables into the crust and sprinkle with the ham and Cheddar.
  5. Whisk the cream, chives, cayenne and eggs together in a bowl with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour the mixture into the crust. Bake the quiche until golden brown and just set in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Cool at least 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.