When I was a little girl long long time ago, the Mr. Men and Little Miss series by Roger Hargreaves were my favourite books. I had read them all but out of the myriad number of characters, the one that had left the deepest impression till this day is Mr. Strong. The only reason I can think of as to why is that Mr. Strong and I both love eating eggs.
Mr. Strong will be proud of this egg, cheese and ham pie. Yes, it uses quite a number of eggs but compared to the average Quiche Lorraine, the quantity used is around the same. Cholesterol? To hell with cholesterol.
Eggs, Cheese and Ham Pie
adapted from Joy of Baking
1 package (375g) frozen puff pastry, thawed
200g ham, thinly sliced
3 tbsp green onions, finely chopped
100g melting cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tbsp milk
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C and place rack in centre of the oven. Grease and flour a 9 inch pie plate.
Cut the puff pastry dough into 2 pieces. Sift a little flour on the work surface and roll out 1 piece of the puff pastry dough to fit the pie plate.
Line the dish with the puff pastry, layer ½ of the ham on top of the pastry. Break the 6 eggs and place them evenly spaced around the pie plate, do not stir yolks and whites together. Carefully, prick each yolk with a fork. Mix well green onions, cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl. Sprinkle the mixture over eggs and top with remaining ham.
Roll the second piece of puff pastry to fit over plate. Cover pie with the puff pastry, pinch the two sheets of puff pastry together, trimming off excess pastry.
To make the Egg Wash, just beat the egg with milk. Brush the top of the puff pastry with the egg wash. Prick the pie with a fork everywhere to create steam holes.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Serve hot or cold. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
This is a almost foolproof pie. I prefer Swiss Gruyere and Virginia ham but really any cheese that melts well and any kind of ham can be used, even chicken. I like to call it sunny side up pie because the egg yolk can be seen in the cross section. Toss a green salad and you have a quick lunch or dinner. One may not develop great physical strength like Mr. Strong eating this pie full of eggs but it makes for a hearty meal any time any day.