Hash Brown Crusted Quiche

posted by Andrea | 10/14/2013

hashbrown crusted quiche

Dave and I both love breakfast for dinner — so I usually make it about once a week.

Often, it’s something simple like blueberry pancakes or ham and cheese omelets. However, when the weather starts to cool off, I have a strong desire to start using my oven as much as possible and I’m always looking for new baked egg dish recipes to try.

I’ve been on a “quiche kick” lately and have tried out multiple different recipes. We both love quiche, but I’ve noticed that I don’t love it as much when it has a pie crust. I don’t know why — I love pie crust on pies, just apparently not with my eggs! Plus, I don’t like making my own pie crusts and the store bought crusts are getting really expensive to buy.

In the past, I’ve made this quiche recipe (using crescent roll dough) and we really love it. However, last week, I tried something new — hash browns as the crust!

Dave and I are big hash brown lovers so I thought, I wonder if I could make a crust with hash browns. Since we almost always have shredded hash browns in our freezer, I gave it a try… and was pleasantly surprised with the results!

If you’re looking for a new breakfast, brunch, or breakfast-for-dinner recipe, I’d highly recommend giving this one a try.

Recipe for Hash Brown Crusted Quiche:

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Serves 4. Recipe can be doubled and made in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 c. shredded potatoes (I use frozen hash brown potatoes and let them defrost a bit)
  • 1/4 c. onion; minced (or 2 t. onion flakes)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 c. butter; melted
  • 1/2 lb. breakfast meat of choice (cooked and chopped or crumbled if applicable)
  • 1/2 c.chopped peppers, mushrooms, or any other “add-in” you like (optional)
  • 1 c. shredded cheese (divided)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • salt and paper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425*F
  2. Grease a 9″ glass pie pan
  3. Press hash browns on the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan to form a crust
  4. Sprinkle with onion, salt, and pepper and then pour melted butter over the top (this is to help the hash browns get crispier)
  5. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove “crust” from oven and reduce temperature to 350*F
  7. Sprinkle breakfast meat, any other optional add-ins, and 1/2 c. shredded cheese over the hash browns
  8. In a small bowl, mix eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour over meat, cheese, and hash browns
  9. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 c. cheese over the top
  10. Bake for about 30 minutes or until egg mixture is cooked through and the middle is set

I was so happy with the results of this meal — not only was it super easy and much faster than other traditional quiche recipes I’ve made in the past, it tasted fabulous (especially for someone like me who doesn’t necessarily love the taste of pie crust with my eggs!)

Dave is traditionally a big “breakfast for dinner” kind of guy, so he was thrilled with the quiche and fresh fruit… but when I brought out the cinnamon rolls, his eyes lit up like a little boy who was allowed to eat ice-cream for dinner!

I will admit the the cinnamon rolls really rounded out the meal — especially since we rarely ever have traditional dessert when we eat breakfast for dinner. Although I did eat all 3 of those cinnamon rolls, I promise that we really did have a fruit salad and yogurt along with our meal too :)

I have already made this recipe again since trying it 2 weeks ago, and I’ll definitely be adding it to my list of simple go-to meals.

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22 comments

  1. Lynne O

    10/14/2013

    Looks great, Andrea! We are tailgating for a noon football game this Saturday, and this will be a great, warm brunch item to take along!

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  2. Patti Trevino

    10/14/2013

    What a great idea….looks delish! We have an upcoming long wknd away at our local mountains with our extended family and i am in charge of planning & prepping all of the food, so I am going to have to give this a try!! Thank you for sharing another great recipe Andrea!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Wow — have fun planning the food. Sounds like a really fun week!

    I’m not sure if you read this post of mine, but it’s all about how I planned and organized food for a friends retreat we had last winter. I fed 30 people for 3 full days!

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  3. Jennifer P

    10/14/2013

    This is just like my ‘Hearty Egg Bake’ recipe, I just mix it all together and bake like a casserole. I would make mine in a 9 x 13 pan. My kids loved it for dinner, especially in the winter. I’ll have to give your version a try. Thanks for the idea.

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  4. Kim

    10/14/2013

    Where’s the cinnamon roll recipe? Those look yummy.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — the cinnamon rolls are Pillsbury’s recipe… from a can :)

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    Kim Reply:

    Funny, they look different than the ones I buy, are they the “Grands” kind?

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  5. susie

    10/14/2013

    You can also do no crust.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, I’ve tried quiche with no crust too… but this is a nice alternative for people who might prefer a crust!

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  6. Jo

    10/14/2013

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I will definitely be trying it sometime!

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  7. Maria

    10/14/2013

    This isn’t just a great hearty quiche recipe, but it’s also gluten-free! I’ll definitely be adding this to my recipe collection as I’m always searching for good gluten-free recipes. Thanks so much for sharing Andrea!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for mentioning that Maria! I don’t often thing of Gluten Free recipes so glad to add this recipe to that list. So many people need gluten free now days!

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  8. Debbie

    10/14/2013

    I had one night set aside for a breakfast meal this week. I have all that on hand so I know what’s for dinner this week! We are still warm in south east Texas, but we have some rain coming. Perfect meal for a rainy evening. Thanks!

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  9. CJ

    10/14/2013

    I love brinner! I love eggs and am okay with quiche but never really “loved” quiche but the idea of the hash browns is fantastic! Really clever, thanks so much for sharing!

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  10. Anita

    10/14/2013

    I don’t like the pastry in quiche either, years ago was introduced to fritatta and loved it. Give it a try sometime, our favorite is broccoli and cheddar.

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  11. Aa.

    10/15/2013

    I love this recipe, I make it too! You can vary, I use brocoli or cauliflower preboiled instdead of meat, and it tastes delicious! I actually use any leftovers or veggies that we won’t eat! :D I also do this with preboiled rice instead of hashbrown, it is really good too if you like rice and have leftovers.

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  12. Ingrid

    10/17/2013

    Yummyness confirmed.
    Total win for tonight’s dinner!!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    thanks Ingrid! Glad you liked it!

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  13. Carle

    10/20/2013

    Tasted great for tonight’s dinner, Husband and the 2 1/2 year old gobbled it down with toast. Glad we have enough for leftovers tomorrow! :) Thank you! :)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yay — glad your whole family liked it! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Elizabeth Post

    10/28/2013

    Delicious! My favorite quiche recepie by far! Loved the hashbrown crust!

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  15. kim

    01/01/2014

    I always make a quiche christmas morning. I tried this recipe this year. My family RAVED about it. Don’t you love it when you just nail it?!

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