Leftover Gammon & Caramelised Onion Quiche
30 December 2012 in Easy to prepare
We did our best I promise, the two of us manfully ate gammon ad infinitum but there was still some lurking in the fridge. Luckily friends from Johannesburg were passing through on their way to Durban and I invited them for a light lunch, I promise there was absolutely no ulterior motive!
250g cake flour
125g butter cubed
1 egg mixed with a little milk for egg wash
1 medium onion sliced
a knob of butter or a little oil for frying
175g gammon cubed
275g cheddar cheese (I used 200g cheddar and 75g Parmesan)
3 eggs + what’s leftover from the egg wash above
250ml fresh cream (you could use half milk, half cream)
Grease your pie dish and heat your oven to 180c
I make my pastry using the K-beater on my Kenwood mixer, you could also use a food processor. All that rubbing butter into the flour by hand ….life’s too short!
Put your flour into the bowl together with the cubed butter and on a slow speed mix until it resembles breadcrumbs, with the motor still running add the water a little at a time until the pastry forms. Wrap in clingwrap and leave in the fridge for 20/30 minutes.
Roll out on a floured surface and line your pie dish, I used my new oblong dish but a regular round 22cm jobby will be fine. I prefer to use a metal pie dish, I think the pastry is crispier. Put the whole thing back in the fridge for 15 minutes. Bake the casing blind I also like to prick the bottom of the casing with a fork, bake for 10 minutes, allow to cool a little, brush with the egg wash and pop it back in the oven for 5 minutes.
Cool before adding the filling.
Fry onion in butter until soft and golden.
Sprinkle half of the cheese onto the cooled base, add the cubed gammon and the onion.
Whisk the eggs, cream and seasoning until combined and pour over, sprinkle on the rest of the cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes until risen and golden.
PS Cooked gammon freezes well, I have frozen a 200g bag of cubes to be used in another quiche, on top of a pizza or even in a macaroni cheese.
Update: 01/01/13, my Mum decided to use up her gammon as well, looks good Mum!