Southern Breakfast Pie, Quiche’s Southern Cousin
Now…. before you get to excited about Coconut Cream or Lemon Meringue for breakfast, I’ll be right up front, breakfast pie is savory not sweet.
Some will argue that Breakfast Pie is Quiche; similar but yet different. Both Breakfast Pie and Quiche contain common ingredients but Breakfast Pie has a different texture more light and fluffy versus the texture of traditional Quiche. Breakfast Pie is Quiche’s Southern Cousin.
So, what is the difference really? The difference between the two can be contributed to using fewer number of eggs and the combination of whole milk, cream and sour cream in the mixture. Also, the construction of the breakfast pie is very similar to how you assemble a traditional fruit pie. Once baked, you have the layer of meat and/or vegetable and cheese on the bottom with the cream mixture at the top versus all mixed together as you find in most Quiche.
Ready to get started? Let’s go bake!
Before making the breakfast pie filling, you will need to make a crust. The crust you choose is up to you. Store bought pie crust is easy and if you are in a hurry or just don’t want to make your own, then by all means us a store bought crust. But, pie crust is easy, especially the recipe that I use.
I use an Amish Pie Crust recipe for all my pies no matter if they are sweet or savory. The pie crust recipe use comes from my Husband’s side of the family and I’m fortunate to have been able to get a copy from the original index card. I love this pie crust recipe and you can check it out here : Amish Pie Crust (coming soon).
No crust? no problem. The filling is very close to those of traditional breakfast casserole . If you prepare a pan with either parchment or non-stick pan release, you can bake the mixture right in the pan.
This is such a versatile recipe both in the type of ingredients but also in the ways you can serve.
The recipe can also be used to make mini breakfast pies, which are so perfect for brunch or a buffet. For full directions check out : Mini Breakfast Pies (coming soon).
Breakfast Pie in Oh So Many Versions
Breakfast Pie is so versatile. Be adventurous and try different combinations of meat, vegetables and cheese. My favorite is ham and cheese. Another one of my favorite combination is bacon and broccoli.
You can also double crust this pie. Crust on top, crust on bottom and you have a Breakfast Pot Pie. Just bake an extra 10 to 15 minutes.
Breakfast Pie is excellent right out of the oven and it also reheats well. If you are a microwave fan, 30 seconds to 1 minute should do. To reheat in the oven, 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minute.
So I hope you will try this recipe for Breakfast Pie a try. I would love to hear what combinations that you come up with!
Southern Breakfast Pie : Ham and CheesePrint Recipe
- 1 10 inch prepared pie crust, unbaked
- 3 Large Eggs
- 3/4 Cup of Whole Milk
- 3/4 Cup of Heavy Cream
- 1/2 Cup of Sour Cream
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning
- 1 1/2 Cup of Diced Ham
- 1 1/2 Cup of Shredded White Cheese Blend
Preheat Conventional Oven to 375 degrees
In a large bowl, beat the eggs by hand using a whisk for about 30 seconds
Add Milk and Cream and continue to whisk the mixture for about 30 seconds
Add Sour Cream and whisk until well blended
Season the mixture with salt, pepper and Italian Seasoning, whisk well, This completes the liquid mixture for the pie.
Line a 9 x 13 cookie pan with parchment and place the prepared pie pan on the sheet. This will help in the event of any accidental pie filling overflow.
Assemble the pie by putting the diced ham down in the bottom of the pie crust and spread evenly. Cover the ham with shredded cheese. Make sure the Ham/Cheese mixture covers the entire bottom of the pie crust. Do Not mix.
Gently pour the liquid mix on top of the cheese/ham mixture. Do not mix. The objective is to have the liquid mixture rise to be on top of the cheese
Bake for 50 minutes and then test to see if center is done. If center is not set, bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer. The pie is done when the center is set.
Remove from over and cool for 15 minutes before serving.
Baking time will vary based on the water content of your fillings. Just adjust baking time, pie is done with center is set. Different blends of cheese can be used, I just prefer white cheeses (Swiss, Provolone, Asiago , etc) over yellow cheeses. I will tell you that this pie made with broccoli and a Colby Jack blend is excellent. Season to your taste. If you like garlic, add garlic. More pepper, feel free --