There are two very important features to an excellent quiche: a light, flaky crust and a heavenly filling. Quiche is such as simple meal. It can be served for regular family dinners, a brunch or for an elegant entree for guests. Basic quiche recipes begin with eggs beaten light and frothy. The number of eggs depends on the size of the quiche. In most cases, 4 eggs may be adequate to balance out other ingredients.

A Simple Recipe
4 eggs beaten till frothy
1 3/4 cups of good quality ham or bacon minced
1/2 cheese (Swiss, Cheddar, Bleu, Jack or other variety of hard cheese)
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
1 unbaked pie shell

Flakiest Pie Crust (Enough for 2 bottom crusts)
2-3 cups flour
3/4 cups solid shortening (not oil)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup cold water
1 teaspoon sugar



Blend flour, shortening and salt until the dough is crumbly. In a separate bowl, blend vinegar, beaten egg, water and sugar. Add to dough mixture until dough begins to hold together and forms a ball. Knead dough lightly. Roll dough out on a floured surface. Line pie pans with dough.

Creating A Masterpiece
Beat the first 5 filling ingredients until well blended. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake in a water bath at 375 degrees F. Using a water bath gives quiche a custard texture that’s sure to please. If a drier texture is preferred, bake on a mid-level baking rack.

Make It A Really Tasty Treat
There are a number of ways to liven quiche. Try adding chopped chives, fresh parsley, finely chopped onion or freshly roasted garlic. Quiches are also tastier when chopped Swiss chard, sun dried tomatoes or chopped chili peppers are added. Other quiches may contain asparagus, artichoke hearts, shucked oysters, shrimp, fresh dill, coriander or tarragon herbs.

Men Do Love Quiches
The way to a man’s heart may be through a well-planned masculine-type recipe. Line the bottom of an unbaked pie shell with a layer of American cheese (white or yellow). Top this with slices of crispy bacon strips. Pour in beaten eggs and top with shredded cheese. Bake until golden brown.

Quick, Healthful And Colorful
Blend farmer or cottage cheese with beaten eggs and a packet of pre-packaged vegetable soup mix. It’s quick, healthful and colorful.

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