Crustless Quiche with Ham, Asaparagus, and Gruyere

Ham and Asparagus Quiche Hot from Oven

Thanks to the National Pork Board, I have ham leftovers before Easter this year!  I was given a free ham for myself and the opportunity to give away a ham to one of you – just in time for Easter.

While there are a million ways to use leftover ham, I think one of the best is to bake it up in a simple crustless quiche.  I decided to brighten up my usual ham and cheese quiche with some tender green asparagus.  I know that ham and asparagus are a classic combination, but this was my first time making a ham and asparagus quiche for myself.

I’m so glad I did!

The quiche is very easy to make.  First I sauteed some leeks and the chopped asparagus until tender.

Leeks and Asparagus

Then I stirred in some cubed ham, just to blend all the flavors.

Leeks and Asparagus with Ham

Next, I scraped the ham and asparagus mixture into my buttered quiche dish.

Quiche Filling

I sprinkled a generous amount of shredded Gruyere cheese over the ham and asparagus.


And finally, I poured a rich custard of eggs and heavy cream over the filling.

Ready to Bake

The quiche went into a preheated 400-degree oven and this is what emerged 30 minutes later…

Ham, Asparagus, and Gruyere Crustless Quiche

Ham, Asparagus, and Gruyere Crustless Quiche
adapted from The All Purpose Joy of Cooking

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 leek, thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)
1/2 pound asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 ounces ham, cubed, about 1 cup
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
3 ounces shredded Gruyere cheese, about 1 cup

1. Butter a 10-inch pie plate or quiche dish.  Position oven rack to center position and preheat to 400 degrees.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and butter and swirl to melt butter.  Add leeks, and cook, stirring, for a couple minutes until softened. Add asparagus, and cook, stirring, for 5 – 8 minutes, or until just tender. Turn off heat. Add ham and toss together with asparagus.  Scrape ham and asparagus mixture into the buttered quiche dish.  Sprinkle grated cheese evenly over the top.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, heavy cream, salt, and pepper.  Pour egg mixture over the ham, asparagus, and cheese.  Place quiche in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until quiche is set and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Update: The ham giveaway is over and the winner has been randomly selected.  Comments have been closed on this post.

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disclosure: The ham I used in this recipe was provided to me by The National Pork Board, but I was not compensated in any other way and the recipe and views expressed in this post are my own.

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  1. Walter

    Lentil soup

    11:14 am  Apr 19th, 2011
  2. Kris

    I like using it like you did, in egg dishes. Also for scalloped potatoes & ham and bean soup!

    11:15 am  Apr 19th, 2011
  3. Lisa

    Scrambled eggs with ham, and bean and ham soup. Yum!

    11:21 am  Apr 19th, 2011
  4. Lisa

    I already follow on twitter; does that count?

    11:23 am  Apr 19th, 2011
  5. Lisa

    “liked” on facebook.

    11:25 am  Apr 19th, 2011
  6. Carla W.

    Ham with cheesy potatoes is my favorite.

    11:28 am  Apr 19th, 2011
  7. DocLauraB

    I love a ham and spinach frittata in the morning, or for lunch after a ham dinner

    11:31 am  Apr 19th, 2011
  8. DocLauraB

    Liked you on FB

    11:32 am  Apr 19th, 2011
  9. JennyG

    I love to make ham and scalloped potatoes with leftover ham!

    11:45 am  Apr 19th, 2011
  10. Virginia

    I make ham salad for a special treat.

    11:54 am  Apr 19th, 2011
  11. Emily

    I make pea and ham risotto with left over ham

    12:22 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  12. ErinB

    My favorite for leftover ham is breakfast burritos. And, astonishingly, I don’t think I saw anyone else mention them yet!

    12:40 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  13. ErinB

    Oh, and I “liked” you on facebook!

    12:41 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  14. Dawn W

    Cold ham straight from the fridge with beets and horseradish, take
    Me back to Easter with my family as a child!

    12:45 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  15. Franci

    I love using my leftover ham for pizza!! add some pineapple!! 🙂

    12:53 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  16. Karen @ Forty Cloves

    Great recipe – this could easily be done in a skillet, as a frittata, as well. One can never go wrong with the ham/gruyere combo!

    1:06 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  17. Julie Lindgren

    I use the left over bone in the ham to make a smokey soup stock that I will use for corn chowder, bean soup and/or split pea. All of which can have chopped ham added too.

    I also use leftover ham in Gratin Daphinoise (also from Joy of Cooking). It turns a side dish into a main dish. When layering the potatoes for the potato au gratin I slip in a slice of ham (cut the same size as the potatoes) like this – two potato slices then 1 ham slice, two potato slices, 1 ham slice, etc. This is a ham/potato/gruyere combo.

    1:21 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  18. Shana M.

    ham and bean soup or ham and eggs.

    1:48 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  19. Richard Blaine

    I like this recipe, simple and clean. I love to make Quiche when I don’t know what to make and I am low on provisions. They are so versatile! Nice recipe!

    1:50 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  20. Lani Arnold

    I like to use leftover ham this way: 1 cup cooked ham, chopped into cubes, 1 1/2 cup mashed potatoes, 1/4 cup minced onion, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. pepper, 1/4 cup oil. Mix all ingredients together. Form into 3″ patties 1/2″ thick. Dip into flour. Fry until golden brown in just a little oil in pan. Lani

    2:09 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  21. nicole

    I follow you on fb and LOVE your recipes! I’ve made some of your muffins and love your cream of spinach soup. Can’t wait to try this quiche for my first time hosting easter brunch!!

    Hope I am entered to win the ham! Thanks for all you do to help new cooks like me who love to create healthy homemade meals!

    2:10 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  22. Jan

    I usually make soup. Split pea, bean or potato. But excellent ham deserves to star in a frittata or quiche.

    2:23 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  23. Hillary

    I liked you on facebook.
    I already follow you on twitter.
    I love leftover ham with cheese and egg sandwiched on a freshly baked buttermilk biscuit.

    2:24 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  24. Shirley

    Favorite for left-over ham is Western sandwiches – on toasted Boston brown bread.

    2:27 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  25. Dee

    Ham and leftover biscuit sandwich!

    2:28 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  26. natalie

    ham sandwiches or ham & eggs!

    2:47 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  27. Abby

    My family’s favorite leftover ham use is grilled ham and cheese on homemade bread.

    3:15 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  28. Abby

    I Like you on Facebook!

    3:20 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
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    3:20 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  30. Jennifer

    I “liked” you on facebook!

    4:06 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  31. Adrian

    I love to make mini ham sandwiches on kings hawaiian bread with my leftover ham. So tasty and easy!

    4:10 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  32. Adrian

    I liked pinch my salt on facebook!

    4:11 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  33. Adrian

    I follow pinch my salt on twitter (@hairbyadrian)

    4:12 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  34. vanillasugarblog

    of course i follow you! who wouldn’t? hello!
    leftovers? if there are any? some sort of crazy ass hash baby!
    :::going over to facebook now:::

    4:36 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  35. Denise

    Ham fried rice – diced ham, eggs, veggies and rice

    4:38 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  36. Janet

    Mmmmm, this quiche sounds refreshingly yummy…. my favorite way is to make a ham pie- cubed ham, stewed tomatoes, and lots and lots of cheddar in a nice flaky crust. It’s addictive!

    4:40 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  37. Janet

    I follow you on Twitter!

    4:41 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  38. Janet

    I like you on Facebook…but I’ve always liked you 😉

    4:43 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  39. Eva

    I love leftover ham. Usually make scalloped potatoes or bean soup, I would love to try your quiche this Easter.

    5:07 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  40. Eva

    I also followed you on twitter!

    5:09 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  41. katherine

    Definetly, white beans abd rice. A litlltle “sumthin’, sumthin'” extra with andouille.

    5:24 pm  Apr 19th, 2011
  42. Jane

    Ham leftovers? Really?? Not in my house!! Well, if there are, they go into green beans for my husband, and an omelet for me! Delish!

    5:35 pm  Apr 19th, 2011