Looking for a versatile and mouthwatering dish that can be enjoyed for brunch or dinner? Look no further than this delightful homemade quiche recipe. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply craving a flavorful meal, quiche is a fantastic choice that never fails to impress. With its buttery crust and creamy filling, this classic French dish is a crowd-pleaser that can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Join us as we take you through the step-by-step process of creating a delectable homemade quiche that will leave your guests asking for seconds.
Ingredients: Fresh Eggs, Cheese, Vegetables, and More for the Perfect Quiche
Note: This recipe yields one 9-inch quiche.
- 1 pre-made pie crust (store-bought or homemade)
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup milk (whole milk or a combination of milk and cream for a richer texture)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup shredded cheese (such as cheddar, Gruyere, or Swiss)
- 1 cup chopped vegetables (spinach, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, etc.)
- Optional additions: cooked bacon, ham, or smoked salmon for added flavor
- Fresh herbs for garnish (parsley, chives, or dill)
Step-by-Step Instructions: How to Make a Mouthwatering Quiche from Scratch
- Preheat the oven: Start by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C). This will ensure that your quiche bakes evenly and to perfection.
- Prepare the crust: Take your pre-made pie crust and gently press it into a 9-inch pie dish, ensuring that it covers the bottom and sides evenly. If you’re using a store-bought crust, follow the package instructions for any pre-baking or preparation needed.
- Beat the eggs and milk: In a mixing bowl, crack the eggs and whisk them together until well beaten. Add the milk, salt, and pepper to the bowl and continue whisking until everything is thoroughly combined.
- Layer the ingredients: Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese over the bottom of the pie crust. Next, distribute the chopped vegetables (and any additional ingredients like cooked bacon or ham) evenly on top of the cheese. Finally, sprinkle the remaining cheese over the vegetables.
- Pour the egg mixture: Slowly pour the egg and milk mixture over the layered ingredients in the pie crust. Ensure that the mixture is evenly distributed, allowing it to seep through the layers.
- Bake the quiche: Carefully transfer the pie dish to the preheated oven and place it on the middle rack. Allow the quiche to bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until the center is set and the top is golden brown. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the quiche—it should come out clean.
- Cool and serve: Once the quiche is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. This will allow the quiche to set further and make it easier to slice. Garnish with fresh herbs, if desired. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature.
Enjoy your homemade quiche as a delightful brunch or dinner dish. It pairs well with a side salad or fresh fruit for a complete meal. Leftovers can be refrigerated and reheated for later enjoyment. Bon appétit!
Quiche Crust Options: Traditional Pastry or Gluten-Free Alternatives
When making a quiche, the crust plays an essential role in providing a delicious base for the filling. While traditional pastry crusts are commonly used, there are also gluten-free alternatives available for those with dietary restrictions or preferences. Here are two crust options you can choose from:
- Traditional Pastry Crust:
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
- 3-4 tablespoons ice water
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
- Add the cold, cubed butter to the flour mixture.
- Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Gradually add the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, and mix until the dough starts to come together.
- Gather the dough into a ball, flatten it into a disk, and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Once chilled, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to fit your pie dish. Press it into the dish, ensuring it covers the bottom and sides evenly. Trim any excess dough from the edges.
- Gluten-Free Crust (using almond flour):
- 1 ½ cups almond flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons melted butter or oil
- 1 large egg, beaten
- In a bowl, mix the almond flour and salt until well combined.
- Add the melted butter or oil and beaten egg to the almond flour mixture. Stir until a dough forms.
- Press the dough into a 9-inch pie dish, ensuring it covers the bottom and sides evenly.
- Use a fork to prick the crust all over to prevent it from puffing up during baking.