Vidalia Onion and Ham Quiche

Vidalia Onion and Ham Quiche ~ Vidalias are famous for being so mild  they can be eaten raw, like an apple, but they’re wonderful cooked as well!

Vidalia onions were developed in Georgia during the Depression because they grew well in the local sandy soil.  At first the farmers didn’t know what to make of the unusually sweet onions, but for obvious reasons they soon became popular and have since gained cult status.  France and Italy aren’t the only ones who have ‘terroir’ and fancy legal protection for their special foods. Vidalia onions were officially branded and trademarked in the 1980s and by law they can only be grown in certain parts of Georgia where the low sulfur soil produces their distinctive sweetness.

If you can’t find Vidalia onions, you will definitely find  ‘unofficial’ varieties at your local store, just look for ‘sweet onions’.  And there are other well known sweet onions besides Vidalias; the Walla Walla, from Washington, and Hawaiian Maui onions are just a couple that come to mind.

First up, the crust.  This one is Martha’s and it makes 2 crusts, so freeze the other half for later.  I like to use tart pans with removable bottoms for quiches, not only does the finished product look better, they make the cutting easier and somehow everything just tastes better out of a fancy pan.

I use the crust unbaked, but if you like a crisper crust you can blind bake it briefly before adding the filling.

Crust:        ~~~Martha Stewart
2 1/2 cups flour
2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cut in pieces
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup ice water, more if necessary

  • Put the flour salt and in a processor and pulse to combine.
  • Add the pieces of butter and process until grainy.
  • While pulsing, add in the ice water, starting with 1/4 cup, just until the dough comes together.
  • Empty the bowl of the processor onto a sheet of plastic wrap and bring it together into a dough.
  • Cut the amount in half, shape into disks, and wrap each disk in plastic.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours before rolling out one of the disks to fit your pie or tart pan.
  • Put the tart pan back in the refrigerator to keep it cold while you make the quiche filling.

Vidalia Onion and Ham Quiche
oven to 350
Crust for a 9″ round or 8×12 rectangle tart pan
2 Vidalia onions, halved and thinly sliced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 lb Black Forest ham, sliced thin from the deli counter
salt
fresh cracked pepper
fresh thyme leaves
5 large eggs, room temperature
1 8 oz container Marscapone cheese, room temperature
1 cup heavy cream, half n half, or 1/2 milk, 1/2 cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large shallow pan and saute the onions until they are softened and translucent.  Season with salt, pepper and thyme leaves.
  • Layer all the ham slices on top of each other and roll the whole pile up tightly.  Slice the roll into thin ribbons.  I like to cut the ham this way so it gets incorporated throughout the quiche, and the thin ribbons complement the onion slices. Add to the onions and mix well.
  • In the bowl of a food processor put the eggs, cream, Marscapone and Parmesan cheeses.  Whirl until thoroughly blended.
  • Distribute the onion and ham mixture evenly onto the dough in your quiche pan.
  • Pour the custard mix evenly over the top.  Use as much of the custard as necessary to fill but not overfill your pan.
  • Bake for about 45-50 minutes until the quiche is browned and set and a toothpick comes out clean.

 

This quiche has a creamy texture and a subtle flavor.  The little ribbons of onion and ham give it an interesting texture.  It’s dressed up comfort food, great as an appetizer with a glass of wine, or a light lunch or dinner.

25 Comments

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    mary Back
    August 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    This appears to be the finest quiche I’ve ever ever ever seen! Can hardly wait to enjoy it with my family! All will be delighted (including me)! Thanks ever so much for this luscious recipe!

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    Lea Ann (Highlands Ranch Foodie)
    April 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    omg this looks so good. I always look for Vidalia substitutes, better than Spanish onions, but never quite as good. This quiche is bookmarked.

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    annie
    April 14, 2012 at 7:53 am

    This looks amazing! Love your photos!

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    Kathy
    April 14, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Your quiche looks fabulous! And your photos are beautiful!

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    Claudia
    April 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    This is a true “comfort me with onions” recipe. And I did not know much the Vidalia onion – so an especially fun read.

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    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits
    April 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    That’s the most beautiful quiche I’ve seen in a long time. Wonderful job!

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    Suzy
    April 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    This looks AMAZING – I must try this! ;D
    PS How is your daughter doing in DC??? It’s really a hotspot for young people! So many jobs there – that’s a great thing!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    April 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    What a fantastic job you did with this quiche – so delicious – I LOVE quiche and will LOVE using your recipe :)
    Mary x

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    April 13, 2012 at 10:12 am

    We’re thinking alike, I posted quiche today too. I love that you can vary the ingredients so much – this one looks amazing! And one of my local markets has Vidalia’s for $.39/lb. wooooohoooo!

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    freerangegirl
    April 13, 2012 at 7:07 am

    How delicious! The mix looks fluffy and light – perfect. I love sound of the onions – one to add to the list of things to find!

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    Thyme (Sarah)
    April 13, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    My SIL and I were just at the grocery over Easter. She immediately thought I was an expert in all things onions (because of the blog). Thank you for the refresher on onions…I think I got it right! And…I don’t think there is anything better than a homey onion and ham quiche. Love, love anything in quiche.

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    bellini
    April 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    This recipe truly takes quiche to a whole new level of deliciousness.

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    Carole
    April 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Hi there, this is a really nice post involving eggs. It would be great if you linked to it in my brand new Food on Friday series. This week it is about all things egg. Food on Friday It would make my day if you put a link into it via the Mr Linky widget.

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    kale @ tastes good to me!
    April 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    That pastry looks perfect on this! Yum yum yum!

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    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
    April 13, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Looks delicious, love Vidalia onions!

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    Katie
    April 13, 2012 at 1:49 am

    This quiche looks just gorgeous! Your photographs of it are just beautiful.

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    April 13, 2012 at 12:28 am

    I loved how you made the quiche in a rectangular pan. Don’t you love egg dishes? Vidalia onions are sweet and delicious. Especially in season.

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    Heather @girlichef.com
    April 12, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    This looks so fantastic! That pastry…that filling…yum. I loves me some Vidalia’s.

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    Loveforfood
    April 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I’m going to try some of recipes for sure, and I’m going to share them with my friends.

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    Sue/the view from great island
    April 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Jude—I’ll check around for the Roscoff, a sweet pink onion sounds delicious.

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    A Trifle Rushed
    April 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    You know your onions!
    The Roscoff onion I think may be the ancestor of this lovely mild onion, the Bretons claim it can be eaten like an apple too, and I often use it raw in salads etc. but it is pinker, “Rose”, if you ever get a chance I hope you’ll try it and tell me what you think!
    I’m going to be taking some home with me and will use them in this delectable quiche.
    Thank you for a wonderful recipe. Jude x

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    Rose
    April 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Looks scrumptious!

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    Joanne
    April 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I never realized vidalia onions had a season but I’ll certainly be picking some up after seeing this!

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    Mary
    April 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    This sounds so completely perfect right now, Sue. I make a frittata with caramelized onions and it is always a huge hit with my family. I’m loving the addition of the ham here!

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    April 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Oh my gosh this is beautiful! Can I come over for breakfast this morning? I LOVE sweet onions and enjoyed them often while living in Chattanooga. A fantastic dish to start the day!

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