Gluten Free Quiche is a savory treat for Valentine's Day. Ham, cheese, and a buttery crust are topped with a tasty herb topping.
When I think of Valentine's Day I think of two different things. First, spending a romantic evening with my husband.
A fancy dinner, candlelight, and flowers.
Second I think of all of the fun kiddy Valentine's memories I have, and how I can help my girls have the same fond memories that I do. Decorating sugar cookies, cutting out red construction paper to make hearts for homemade valentines, and a special Valentine's dinner.
When I was little I felt like Valentine's Day was just as much for me as it was for my parents and all the "grownups".
My mom took great care to make sure that it was a holiday that I'd enjoy, along with all of my siblings. She would make a special meal for us, either pink heart shaped pancakes for breakfast or a "Sweetheart" quiche for dinner, and next to each of our place settings would be a special gift.
This year I decided to create an entrée that embodies that fancy romantic dinner AND the playful hearts and homemade valentines of my childhood. Chicken cordon bleu "sweetheart" quiche.
When I think of elegant romantic dinners, one of the dishes that comes to mind is chicken cordon bleu. It just seems fancy!
Moist chicken stuffed with salty ham and Swiss cheese, crusted with buttery breadcrumbs and topped with a smooth creamy sauce. I mean, YUM!
I converted all of the flavors and textures of chicken cordon bleu into a quiche (that is gluten-free), and it has playful little ham and cheese hearts on it. Perfect to fulfill the need for a romantic dinner, and a fun meal for the kids.
First, you start off with a gluten-free pie crust. You can use whatever recipe you like but my favorite is this all-butter gluten-free pie crust.
There are also a few ready-made pie dough options available, which will save you some time.
After the pie crust is par-baked, it is filled with chicken, thick sliced ham, Swiss cheese, and a creamy custardy filling. Part-way through the baking, the buttery breadcrumbs get sprinkled on top along with ham and Swiss cheese hearts (which are just made using a cookie cutter.)
Pro-tip: when I need to make gluten-free breadcrumbs I run toasted gluten-free waffles through the grater attachment on my stand mixer or food processor. You can dry them out in your oven by baking at the lowest temperature until they are all toasty.
Just be sure that the waffles you are using aren't sweet. If I'm planning to use them to make breadcrumbs, I omit the sugar in the recipe.
The result is a savory meal that the whole family will love!
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