Thursday, April 17, 2014

Quiche Ideas for any Occasion

Quiches are great for entertaining a brunch crowd. They are hearty, sophisticated, and loved by all. If you learn the basic method, you can switch up ingredients to create a quiche for any occasion, even if the occasion is a Wednesday night. Quiche is a staple at holiday gatherings in my family, because it is so easy make, and we can customize them for different diets and tastes.

Quiche is for more than just brunch, though. I will make quiche as a simple dinner for my family, and it is always a hit. When making them at home, I will typically opt for a frozen pie shell for ease and convenience, but if you have the time and patience, a homemade crust will be that much better! Egg dishes make great alternatives when you want a protein-packed meal without having to cook meat. Since you get two pie shells in a package, I will make one quiche vegetarian and make one with meat. Quiche makes great leftovers, and is perfect for breakfast or lunch for the next day.

Crowd Pleasing Easter Quiches
Makes two 9-inch quiches

  • 2 frozen pie shells
  • 12 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • Pepper, 1/2 teaspoon
   Ham and Cheese Quiche
  • 1/2 pound thick-sliced ham (found at the deli counter)
  • 2/3 cup Gruyere (or Swiss) cheese, grated
  • 1 cup sliced spring onion tops or scallions
   Kale and Spring Onion Quiche (vegetarian)
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 cup sliced spring onions (white and light green) or other mild onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2/3 cup Pepper Jack or Monterey Jack cheese
  1. Blind bake (bake empty) pie shells according to package directions. For the ones I was using, I docked the bottom of the shells with a fork, and baked them at 400 F for 12 minutes. I then let them cool while I was putting the filling together.
  2. Turn down your oven to 350 F after baking the pie shells.
  3. Crack your eggs into a large bowl and add your cream (or whole milk can be used to cut some calories) salt, and pepper. Whisk together until homogenously combined.
  4. Add your fillings and half of the egg mixture to each pie shell.
  5. Bake at 350 F for 45-50 minutes, or until the center no longer jiggles.
  6. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing to allow the custard to set.
Ham and Cheese Quiche
Dice ham into 1/4 inch cubes. Combine diced ham, grated gruyere cheese, and green onions, add to pie shell. Cover with half of the egg mixture and bake.

Kale and Spring Onion Quiche (vegetarian)
Sauté kale, onion, and red pepper flakes in butter until wilted. Let cool before combining with the cheese and adding to pie shell. Cover with the rest of the egg mixture, and bake.

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Want more quiche recipes?
by Love and Duck Fat
by Five and Spice
 Meat Lovers Quiche
by Barbara Bakes

Need something gluten-free?
Asparagus, Baby Artichoke, Pesto, and Goat Cheese Quiche with a quinoa crust
by Closet Cooking


  1. Quiches are great any time.
    I just love the veterinarian one (I'm a vegetarian)
    I'd love to try it :)

  2. I love a good quiche! Yummy!

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!


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