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Savory Ham-and-Swiss Breakfast Pie

Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 1 hr, 10 mins
Stand time 20 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups water
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
  • 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese, divided
  • 8 large eggs, divided
  • 1/2 pound cooked ham, diced
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Garnish: chives

How to Make It

  1. Bring first 6 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually whisk in grits. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer, whisking occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes. Add 1/2 cup cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Remove from heat, and let stand 10 minutes. Lightly beat 2 eggs, and stir into grits mixture; pour into a lightly greased 10-inch deep pie plate.

  2. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes; remove from oven. Increase oven temperature to 400°.

  3. Sauté ham and onions in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Layer ham mixture evenly over grits crust. Whisk together milk and remaining 6 eggs; pour over ham mixture. Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup cheese evenly over egg mixture.

  4. Bake at 400° for 35 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes, and cut into wedges. Garnish, if desired.