Quiche recipes are a simple and elegant offering for almost every occasion. Standard quiche recipes consist of cheese mixed into custard made from eggs and cream. This mixture is then baked together in a pie crust. The advantage of quiche recipes is their versatility. You can add almost any kind of vegetable, meat, or cheese to a quiche. This makes it easy to adapt quiche recipes to any meal. Quiches are also great portable dish to take to a potluck or picnic.
Having a few of your favorite quiche recipes on hand is always a good idea. Quiches can be enjoyed hot or cold and the leftovers will last for days.
Most cookbooks will list at least a couple quiche recipes. They are a very popular French dish and there are hundreds of adaptations. The following is a savory version of the classic quiche Lorraine:
Spinach and Mushroom Quiche
7 slices thick cut applewood smoked bacon
1 1/2 cups assorted fresh mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup sweet Vidalia onions, chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups light cream or whole milk
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon white pepper (or to taste)
Pinch of ground nutmeg
2 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
1 (9 inch) frozen deep-dish pie crust
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).
2. In a large non-stick skillet cook the bacon until it is brown and crispy. Drain the skillet and reserve at least 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease. Crumble the bacon and set aside.
3. Add the mushrooms, onions, and garlic to the pan and sauté lightly. Set them aside with the bacon.
4. In a large bowl thoroughly blend the eggs, cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Then stir in the bacon, mushrooms, onions, garlic, spinach, 1 cup Swiss cheese, and ¾ cup cheddar cheese. Pour the mixture in to the pie crust and top with the remaining cheese.
5. Place on the center rack of your preheated oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown.