This flaky crusted ham and cheese breakfast slab pie is perfect for feeding a crowd at your holiday brunch.
Staring at the giant container of ham leftovers in our fridge, I vowed to not let a single bite of our amazingly delicious pineapple and mustard glazed Easter ham go to waste.
Now that I'm the Pie Crust Queen, I thought it would be fun to try a fluffy egg-filled ham slab pie as a breakfast-for-dinner option during our quarantine.
This buttery, flaky crust makes slices that pop right out of the pan, neat and clean. You can practically eat it by picking it up, the crust is just that crispy.
I loved every single last bite of this pie, but I confess the kids weren't such big fans. They didn't mind the taste, but they struggled with the fluffy egg filling texture.
Tim and I reheated leftovers the next couple days for lunch and it was almost as good as Day 1.
This recipe would be absolutely perfect for a brunch or holiday gathering. Serve it with a simple salad or fruit platter to round out the menu.
How to make an easy ham and cheese breakfast slab pie for your holiday brunch:
Step 1: Prepare your pie crust dough
You can use whichever pie crust recipe you prefer, but honestly, our all-butter pie crust recipe is the BEST. The dough can be made ahead of time, even the day before if you prefer. Just don't roll it out till the day you plan to bake it.
The recipe is at the bottom of the post but be sure to reference the full descriptions and my tips and tricks for the best pie crust here.
Step 2: Roll out the pie crust dough and prepare the filling
The entire slab pie can be assembled a few hours in advance of baking if you want to make it ahead.
Roll out the pie crust dough. Fill your baking pan with the bottom crust.
Whisk together the eggs and half and half. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk them together.
Pour the cold filling into the baking pan. Top with the second crust, pinch the edges together and be sure to slice venting holes over the top.
Keep it COLD in the fridge until just before you put it in the oven.
Step 3: Bake the ham and cheese breakfast slab pie
Place a cookie sheet upside down inside the oven on the same rack where you plan to bake the pie. Let it preheat with the oven.
This solid hot surface will help to give your slab pie a perfectly crispy bottom all the way through the middle.
Take your COLD prepared slab pie and place it directly on that hot cookie sheet in the oven. Bake for just 45 minutes or until the eggs are set and the crust is golden brown.
Serve warm or at room temperature for a delicious brunch main dish.
The perfect pie crust for this ham pie:
You can use any pie crust recipe you prefer for this recipe, but we highly recommend this super flaky all-butter crust. The recipe is here below but for full tips and tricks for making it ahead of time, be sure to visit the full article on it here: The flakiest butter pie crust you've ever had uses only four ingredients