This Hash Brown Quiche with Pancetta is a delicious addition to your holiday breakfast or Sunday brunch. The crust for this quiche is made from hash browns so it’s super crispy. The inside is filled with fluffy eggs that have been scrambled with whole milk and flavored with sharp cheddar, crispy pancetta pieces and sliced scallion onions. It’s easy to serve for both breakfast and brunch and it’s a great savory option to add to your menu.
Christmas Morning Breakfast
Two of my favorite things about the holiday season are food and family. I love all the extra time we get to spend with the family and I love all of the holiday food! On Christmas day, we always have my Overnight Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing. Between those and the treats in the stockings, I like to have something savory to balance out all of the sweets. Hash Brown Quiche is one of my favorite savory breakfast items. It encompasses all of my favorite breakfast foods into one dish, plus it’s easy to serve and eat while we are opening presents.
What is a Quiche?
Quiche, frittata, strata; it’s hard to remember which is which! First off, they are all tasty breakfast and brunch items and usually contains eggs and other flavoring ingredients such as meats, vegetables and/or cheese. A strata usually contains the addition of cubed bread inside of it. A frittata is very similar to a quiche, but does not contain a crust. Quiche on the other hand, traditionally contains a crust, usually made out of pastry. I’m OBSESSED with all things potato, so naturally I had to make a quiche with a hash brown crust. Mmmm… hash browns.
What is Pancetta?
Pancetta is very similar to bacon because they are both made from pork belly and are both cured for a certain amount of time. Bacon is smoked after it is cured, whereas pancetta is simply cured with salt and sometimes spices. It is used in a variety of dishes in Italian cooking to add some amazing depths of flavor. We call it “Italian Bacon” in my house!
How to Make Hash Brown Quiche
Alright, now on to the good stuff. Here’s how to make a really good Hash Brown Quiche.
Start with a oven safe non-stick pan, like this Lodge 10″ Cast Iron Pan, it’s my favorite! In your pan, cook the pancetta on the stove top till nice and crispy. Then, remove the cooked pancetta from the pan and add some butter. Next, add your hash browns and using a spatula or wooden spoon, spread them evenly around the bottom and up the sides of the pan to form your crust. Let this cook on the stove top for a bit until you start to see the golden brown peek through the bottom. Next, you will add your egg filling. For this recipe, I mixed eggs with whole milk, then added the cooked pancetta, shredded white cheddar cheese and sliced scallion onions. Finally, pour that right into the hash brown crust and put the entire pan in the oven. It should take about 20-25 minutes for the egg and crust to finish cooking.
As a side note, I love to use dehydrated hash browns like these Idaho Spuds Hash Browns. You can also use frozen ones, just make sure you thaw them completely and then drain as much water from them as you can. Not only will too much water make your crust soggy, but it won’t brown well either.
To make a vegetarian Hash Brown Quich, simply omit the pancetta. Instead, add 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil in the pan with the butter to make sure there is enough grease to cook and brown your potatoes.
Feel free to switch up the flavors! Here are some other flavor ideas:
- Bacon, Sausage or Meat-Free Crumbles
- Asparagus, Peppers or Mushrooms
- Any of your favorite cheese – feta, goat or swiss are some ideas
More Brunch Ideas…
If you liked this recipe, here are some more brunch ideas that would be great for the holidays:
- Overnight Baked Blueberry French Toast
- Maple and Bacon Sweet Rolls
- Black Forest Ham and Cheddar Biscuits
Lastly, if you make this Hash Brown Quiche with Pancetta, be sure to leave a comment and give this recipe a rating. I love to hear from each and every one of you! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as well, if you make any of my recipes. It makes my day to see all of your photos of the food you have made.