Preheat the oven to 350˚F and spray a 9 inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. Sprinkle with whole wheat breadcrumbs and tilt the plate to coat the bottom and sides.
Add eggs, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. And I forgot to add one thing. Do you know what it is yet?
Chop the onion, ham and broccoli florets. Blanch the florets in boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold running water to stop the cooking process and to keep that bright green color.
Add 2 slices of cubed bread to the egg mixture. Still don’t know what I forgot yet. Hmm. I used the Texas Toast bread I bought at Trader Joe’s to make the breading for the center cut pork chops. I froze the rest of the loaf and just take out what I need.
Fry the onions and ham until the onions are wilted and fragrant. Yum.
Combine the bread-egg mixture with the blanched broccoli and the ham and onions. Still haven’t figured out what I forgot yet?
No, it’s not the cheese. I remembered that.
Doesn’t it look dry? Yikes. I forgot the milk! I poured everything out and added the milk to the mixture. This meant I had to wash and dry the pie plate. Then spray it again with cooking spray and dust it with breadcrumbs. Then I poured the mixture back into the plate and as an after thought, sprinkled the top with seasoning salt. Then I put the pie in the oven. And crossed my fingers.
After 50 minutes in the oven, the eggs had set and the top was golden brown.
This is why I like glass plates. I can see the sides and the bottom. I let the pie rest for 5 minutes before cutting it into wedges.
The broccoli cheese pie makes a great breakfast by itself or, if served with a side of salad becomes a light brunch or lunch.
Of course, you have to serve it with Sriracha Sauce on the side. Everything tastes better if it burns the palate. Here’s the list of ingredients, and if you forget the milk, you can always add it at the last minute!
Broccoli Cheese Pie (from: eating well.com)
2 tablespoons whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (This is too conservative. Feel free to add more)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 1/4 cups zero percent milk
2 cups cubed bread (the hearty kind, as America’s Test Kitchen likes to point out)
3 cups broccoli florets
1/3 cup diced sliced ham (Canadian bacon in the original recipe)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup grated Cheddar-Jack cheeses (can substitute any low fat low calorie cheeses)
Seasoning salt, optional