Traditional Quiche Lorraine

Quiche is a dish originating from France, specifically from a region called Lorraine. This is why it is mostly known as Quiche Lorraine, although it is popular not only across all France but also in many countries, from Portugal to New Zealand. The traditional quiche Lorraine contains bacon and heavy cream, but if you want a low-fat variant, you can use ham and yogurt instead.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pie crust
  • 6-7 bacon slices
  • 3 free range eggs
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of nutmeg

Directions:
Pre-heat the oven to 400F and bake the pie crust for 30 minutes. Dice the bacon. Melt the butter in a frying pan, add the diced bacon and brown it for 5-6 minutes.

Beat the eggs, add the heavy cream, the milk, the salt and the pepper. Mix everything well, then pour the custard over the pie crust. Take care not to completely fill the baking dish. There should be about 1/4 pan height free space for the mixture to expand.

Bake the quiche over 300F for about 30 minutes. Spread nutmeg on top. Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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Spinach Quiche

Spinach quiche is a permissive recipe. You can add other goodies such as bacon, mushrooms, chicken, turkey or ham, thus getting rid of your food leftovers in a delicious and easy way. This is the basic spinach quiche recipe. I used frozen spinach, because we are now in winter time, when fresh vegetables are hard to find. However, if you cook this quiche in the veggies season, you are welcome to use fresh baby spinach leaves.

Ingredients:

For the pie crust

  • 8 oz all purpose white flour
  • 4 oz butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

  • 2 pounds spinach
  • 1 pound feta cheese, shredded
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • black pepper, freshly ground

Directions:
In a bowl, mix together all ingredients for the pie crust. Make sure the butter is at room temperature when you do that, because you want to obtain a homogeneous composition. Don’t be afraid to use your hands.

After you make the dough, put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes, then shape it round and flat. The diameter should be large enough to cover the bottom and the edges of the baking dish.

Butter or oil the baking dish, then put the pie crust in place.

While the dough is resting in the fridge, don’t check your emails, don’t watch movies, don’t step out of the kitchen, because you have more work to do: make the filling.

Thaw the spinach, drain it very well and chop it. Peel and chop the onion. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet, then add the onion and cook it for about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Gradually add the shredded cheese, the eggs and some freshly ground black pepper. Mix everything very well, then pour the composition on top of the pie crust. Bake in the oven at 350 F for about 40-45 minutes.

The spinach quiche is best hot, but some people like it cold as well.

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Mushroom Quiche

Ingredients:

  • 1 pie crust (frozen or homemade)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups Emmentaler cheese, shredded
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 eggs, beaten (always buy free range eggs, they taste so much better)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • nutmeg (just a pinch)
  • salt, freshly ground pepper

Directions:
Heat the olive oil in a pan. Cook the onions until they are translucent (3-4 minutes should be enough, but make sure you stir quite often). Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook stirring frequently for about 10 minutes. The mushrooms should turn golden brown and the liquid they released during cooking should evaporate almost completely.

In a bowl, beat the eggs, add the cream, about 1/2 teaspoon salt, nutmeg and the shredded Emmentaler cheese. Stir well. Pour the mushrooms into the egg mixture. Make sure let the mushrooms cool for about 10 minutes before doing this, otherwise the eggs will scramble.

Preheat oven to 425 F. Pour the mixture into the pie crust. Bake it for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to medium and bake for about 30-40 minutes. In order to check if the quiche is done, insert a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, it’s ready. Let the mushroom quiche stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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