Breakfast and brunch don’t have to be a boring affair! These easy quiche recipes will wow your guests and you won’t need to spend hours putting them together.
What is a quiche?
A quiche is a baked flan or tart that has a savory filling and is thickened with eggs. Think breakfast pie and you have a good idea of what a quiche will look like.
Quiche recipes are considered to be classic French dishes, but the process actually originated in Germany in medieval times. The word quiche domes from the German word kuchen which means cake.
There are many types of homemade quiche recipes and the list of quiche fillings is as long as your imagination can make it. If it tastes good with eggs, you’ll likely find a quiche recipe featuring the ingredient!
Did you know that there is a national quiche day? It’s celebrated on April 2. Find out more about national days here.
When we think of types of quiche we often think of a quiche Lorraine recipe, an open faced pie with egg and cream that is flavored with smoked bacon. This quiche is named after the Lorraine region of France.
The addition of cheese to a quiche came much later in the development of the recipe. Quiche recipes that use onions as a main ingredient are called quiche Alsacienne.
Normally, a basic quiche recipe has a bottom crust that is made from dough, but with today’s weight conscious eaters, many quiche recipes today are made crustless.
Quiche recipes became popular in the UK after WWII and in the USA during the 1950s. There are many varieties of quiche. They are often served for breakfast or brunch but can also make a great lunch time or dinner meal option, too.
Ingredients for quiche recipes
To make a quiche, you start with eggs, cream (or milk) and cheese. But the sky is the limit on other ingredients that you can use in making a quiche. Some will make the dish more hearty, and some substitutes will allow you to slim down the dish for dieting purposes.
Here are a few ideas and suggestions:
- Bacon, prosciutto-, chicken or any type of protein can be used to make the dish more hearty and will please the meat eaters.
- To slim down the dish, use egg whites instead of whole eggs and half and half instead of heavy cream. Light cheese is also a good way to cut calories.
- To add lots of nutritional value to the quiche recipe, add fresh herbs and fresh vegetables. This adds a lot of nutrition and very little calories.
- Omitting the crust altogether saves a lot of calories.
- Cheddar cheese is often used in a quiche recipe, but don’t forget all the other types of cheeses out there. Switching out the cheddar for another cheese such as Gouda or Swiss cheese will give you a very different tasting quiche.
- Up the protein level of a homemade quiche by adding some black beans or kidney beans to the recipe.
- Go for a spicy version by adding some chili powder and jalapeño peppers. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo!
How long to cook quiche?
While the process for assembling a simple quiche recipe can be very easy, you will need time to cook the dish in the oven. The eggs and cheese need to set firmly in a quiche and this normally takes 30-40 minutes, depending on the size and ingredients.
One way to know when a quiche is ready to take out of the oven is when the filling no longer jiggles in the pan. It it stays still when you move it and appears to be firmly set, the quiche is done.
You can also insert a knife or toothpick into the center of the quiche, right down to the bottom crust to make sure the entire filling is firm.
If you are looking for a quicker quiche recipe, make a mini quiche recipe in a muffin tin or in small pie crusts. This type of quiche can also be used as a party appetizer.
What is the difference between a quiche and a frittata?
Normally a quiche has a crust but this is not always the case. Both use eggs but the eggs really are the star in a frittata.
A frittata has no crust and uses very little, if any milk or cream. Frittatas are partly cooked on the stove top and finished in the oven. A quiche is cooked from start to finish in the oven.
Think of frittata as a thick omelette with lots of toppings and quiche as a baked egg pie and you will have a good idea of the difference.
Start your Day with one of these Quiche Recipes
Whether your tastes run to rich and creamy quiche Lorraine style, diet conscious crustless quiche recipes, or cheese and cream laden dishes that will fill you up for hours, there is a quiche recipe for everyone!
Why not try your hand at making quiche? You’ll see why I am hooked on this for breakfast, brunch or a light meal.
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