How to Make Quiche

Before learning how to make quiche, let me tell you exactly what it is. I am amazed that many times when I mention “quiche” that I am asked “What is that”. Don’t think that these are young people who are now just starting to cook but are older ones who simply have never heard of quiche.

The traditional quiche is a savory filled pastry crust; sometimes they are made without a crust. Many think of the “quiche” as originating in the French cuisine but actually started in Germany; the name coming from the German word “kuchen”. During the past three decades, the “quiche” has won overwhelming popularity here in the United States.  We have expanded the recipes to include all kinds of ingredients.


When you learn how to make quiche, you will find the basis for it is eggs with some type of milk or cream. Most will include cheese but some versions leave out the cheese.  They are made with meat and meatless. This flavorful custard filled pastry is great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even a simple dinner. I have not made a quiche that I do not like but I do have my favorite one below.

NOTE: If you see any of the recipes start to brown too much while baking, cover rim with foil to prevent it.

BEST QUICHE RECIPE

tomato salami quiche

This tomato salami quiche is the “best quiche recipe” I have eaten. I have always loved all kinds of quiche but the flavor of this one won me over. If you are just starting to learn how to make quiche I would try this recipe.

  • 1 Unbaked deep pie shell (In metal pan)
  • 1 Cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • ¼ Pound thinly sliced hard salami (dice in small pieces)
  • 1 Cup half and half
  • 1 Tablespoon instant minced onion
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly minced parsley
  • 1 Teaspoon dried crushed oregano
  • ½ Teaspoon garlic salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 450F degrees.
Prick bottom of pie shell with a fork; prebake for ONLY 8 minutes and remove from oven.
Wash and dry tomatoes and dice; drain them on paper towels while preparing quiche.
Sprinkle half of cheese, salami and tomatoes in prebaked pie shell; repeat layers.
Beat eggs in medium size mixing bowl; add milk, onion, parsley, oregano, garlic salt and pepper.
Beat egg mixture well and pour over layers in shell; spread parsley over top.
Bake at 450F degrees for 10 minutes; reduce temperature to 325F degrees.
Bake quiche another 30 to 35 minutes; let stand 5 minutes before cutting.


SPINACH AND BACON QUICHE

spinach bacon quiche

When you learn how to make quiche the spinach and bacon combination is always a favorite.

  • 1 Unbaked deep dish pie shell
  • 8 Slices crisply cooked bacon and crumbled
  • ¾ cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 4 Beaten eggs
  • 1 Carton (8 ounces) commercial sour cream
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • ¾ Teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon pepper
  • Dash of dried crushed red pepper
  • ¼ Cup sliced green onion
  • 1 Cup chopped spinach

Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
Prick bottom and sides of pastry shell with a fork; bake for 8 minutes; remove from oven.
REDUCE oven temperature to 375F degrees; sprinkle bacon and cheese into pastry shell.
Combine eggs, sour cream, half and half, flour, salt, pepper and red pepper; mix well.
Fold in green onion and spinach; pour into pastry shell.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until set.

spinach bacon quiche

HAM CHEESE QUICHE RECIPE with Broccoli

ham and cheese quiche with broccoli

When you learn how to make quiche you will find that you can use different cheeses in this recipe.

  • 1 Unbaked deep dish pastry pie shell (in metal pan)
  • 1 Cup diced cooked ham
  • 1 Cup frozen and well drained broccoli (or steam fresh and drain well)
  • 4 Beaten eggs
  • 1 ½ Cups whole milk (or half and half)
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 ½ Cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • ½ Cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 450F degrees; prick bottom and sides of shell with fork.
Bake 8 minutes and remove from oven; REDUCE oven temperature to 325F degrees.
Combine and blend thoroughly eggs, milk, flour, salt and nutmeg in mixing bowl.
Add ham, broccoli and cheeses; mix well.
Pour into warm pastry shell; bake at 325F degrees for 45 to 60 minutes until center is set.
Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

ham and cheese quiche with broccoli

CRUSTLESS CRAB QUICHE RECIPE

crustless crab quiche

When you learn how to make quiche you might select to make the easy crustless quiches like this recipe below.

  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 ½ Cups sour cream
  • ½ Cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ Cup flour
  • 1/8 Teaspoon salt
  • 4 Drops Tabasco sauce
  • 1 Can (6 ounces) crabmeat drained well
  • 2 Cups grated Swiss cheese
  • 1 Cups chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 3 Minced green onions
  • 2 Tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Sautee green onions and mushrooms in butter until tender; set aside.
Combine and mix eggs, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, flour, salt and Tabasco sauce in a large bowl.
Stir in crabmeat and Swiss cheese; stir in mushroom mixture.
Pour into ungreased 10 inch pie plate; bake for 45 minutes or until center is set.
Cool 5 minutes before serving.

crustless crab quiche

VEGETABLE QUICHE RECIPE

If you are learning how to make quiche, try this flavorful light vegetable quiche.

  • 2 ½ Cups low fat biscuit baking mix
  • ¾ Teaspoon dried Italian seasoning (Divided)
  • ¾ Teaspoon garlic salt (Divided)
  • 4 Ounces low fat cream cheese, cut up
  • 2/3 Cup skim milk
  • 1 ¼ Cups egg substitute
  • 1 ½ Cups skim milk
  • 1 Cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese
  • 1 Small chopped zucchini
  • 1 Small chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 Small chopped onion

Combine 2 cups of the biscuit mix, ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning and ¼ teaspoon garlic salt.
Cut in the cream cheese with pastry cutter until crumbly; add 2/3 cup of milk stirring until moistened.
Roil dough into a 13 inch circle on lightly floured surface; fit pastry into lightly greased quiche dish.
Prick bottom and sides with fork; bake at 350F degrees for 5 minutes and remove from oven.
Mix together egg substitute, 1 ½ cups of milk, and remaining baking mix, Italian seasoning and garlic salt.
Stir in cheese and vegetables; pour into crust.
Bake at 350F degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until center is set.
Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


FLAKY PASTRY DOUGH When learning how to make quiche, most will ask for a pastry lined pie or quiche pan. Below is a good recipe you might want to try. It makes one 9 ½ inch pie shell

  • 1 Cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons cold vegetable shortening cut into small pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons ice water

In q food processor pulse flour with the salt.
Add butter and shortening and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Drizzle in the ice water and pulse until small clumps form.
Transfer to a lightly floured work surface and knead gently a few times.
Flatten pie dough into a disk and wrap well in plastic wrap.
Chill at least 4 hours until firm.

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