(Makes 6 servings)
1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded medium cheddar cheese
8 ounces (227 g) smoked Black Forest ham, diced
2 tablespoons (30 mL) grated Gruyere cheese
1 teaspoon (5 mL) dried or fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon (1.25 mL) black pepper
4 large eggs
8 ounces (125 mL) half & half cream
Lightly oil or spray a 10-inch (255 cm) pie plate with canola oil.
In a bowl, combine the mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Spread the two cheeses evenly over the bottom of the pie plate.
Spread the ham evenly over the layer of cheese. Sprinkle the Gruyere cheese, chives, and black pepper evenly over the ham.
Break the eggs into a 2-cup measuring cup. Beat the eggs with a whisk. Note the measurement of the beaten eggs in the measuring cup and match the egg amount with an equal amount of half and half. Whisk the eggs and cream.
Pour the egg mixture over the contents in the pie plate. If necessary, spoon the egg mixture over any of the ham or cheese that is not covered.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown around the edges and properly set.