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Impossible Ham & Cheese Pie


Never heard of an impossible pie? The lure of this 1970s phenomenon is that you get a “crust” without rolling out pie dough. Cheese and ham make this pie impossibly good!

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  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened, plus 2 tablespoons melted
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups Gruyère cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces thickly sliced deli ham, chopped
  • 4 scallions, minced
  • 1/2 cup (2 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Servings 8
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 45mins


Step 1

Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch pie plate with softened butter, then coat plate evenly with Parmesan.

Combine Gruyère, ham, and scallions in bowl. Sprinkle cheese-and-ham mixture evenly in bottom of prepared pie dish. Combine flour, baking powder, pepper, and salt in now-empty bowl. Whisk in half-and-half, eggs, melted butter, mustard, and nutmeg until smooth. Slowly pour batter over cheese-and-ham mixture in pie dish.

Bake until pie is light golden brown and filling is set, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool on wire rack for 15 minutes. Slice into wedges. Serve warm.

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