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Quiche Lorraine Recipe: A Delicious French Classic

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Scrumptious homemade Quiche Lorraine

If you’re a fan of savory pies, you’ll love making Quiche Lorraine. This classic French dish, filled with crispy bacon, Swiss cheese, and rich eggs, is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner.

What makes Quiche Lorraine special is its versatile yet rich flavor. With a flaky crust and creamy filling, it’s both comforting and impressive. Whether you’re new to cooking or a seasoned chef, this recipe is straightforward and delicious.

In this post, you’ll find easy-to-follow steps, tips for variations, and even some storage instructions. Ready to elevate your next meal with Quiche Lorraine? Let’s get started!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Here are the ingredients you will need for a traditional Quiche Lorraine:

Crust:

  • 1 pie crust, homemade or store-bought (you can use puff pastry as an alternative)

Filling:

  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese (Gruyère is a good substitute)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream (whole milk can be used if you prefer a lighter option)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • A pinch of grated nutmeg

Possible Substitutes:

  • Bacon: You can use ham or pancetta if you prefer.
  • Onion: Shallots can be used instead of onions for a milder flavor.
  • Swiss Cheese: Cheddar or mozzarella can be substituted, but they will change the flavor.
  • Heavy Cream: Milk or half-and-half can be used for a lighter version, though the texture will be slightly different.

By following this list, you ensure your Quiche Lorraine stays delicious while accommodating any ingredient preferences or dietary needs you might have.

Instructions


  1. Prepare the Crust


    Roll out your pie crust to about 12 inches on a lightly floured surface. Carefully transfer it to your tart or deep pie pan. Press the dough into the pan with your fingers to make sure it molds to the shape. Freeze for around 30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).



  2. Prepare the Filling


    In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Add heavy cream, salt, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. Mix until everything is combined.



  3. Pre-bake the Crust


    Lightly prick the bottom of the crust with a fork. Bake the crust in the preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until slightly golden. Let it cool a bit.



  4. Add the Ingredients


    Spread chopped shallots evenly over the bottom of the baked crust. Add half of the cooked bacon, followed by all of the grated Gruyère cheese, and then the remaining bacon. Pour the egg and cream mixture over these ingredients.



  5. Bake the Quiche


    Place the quiche onto a pre-heated baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Then, sprinkle the remaining Swiss cheese and the rest of the bacon on top. Continue to bake for another 15-20 minutes until the center is set and the top is golden brown.



  6. Cool and Serve


    After baking, let your quiche cool completely for about 2 hours. This helps it set perfectly. Slice and serve, optionally garnished with chopped scallions or chives. Enjoy your delicious Quiche Lorraine!


Tips, Tricks & Storing

Choose Quality Ingredients
Use fresh and high-quality ingredients, especially for the bacon and cheese. Fresh eggs and cream make a big difference in taste.

Blind Bake the Crust
Blind baking helps prevent a soggy bottom. Line your crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights, then bake until the edges are lightly browned.

Evenly Spread Fillings
When adding the bacon, cheese, and other fillings, spread them evenly across the crust to ensure every bite has the perfect mix.

Avoid Overmixing
When whisking the eggs and cream, mix until just combined. Overmixing can add too much air, making your quiche puff up and then deflate.

Preheat Your Oven
Always preheat your oven. A consistent temperature ensures even baking and a properly set quiche.

Cook Bacon and Veggies First
Cook bacon until crispy and sauté any vegetables before adding them to the quiche. This avoids excess moisture, which can make your quiche watery.

Storing

Refrigeration
After baking, let the quiche cool to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap or place in an airtight container. It can be stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Freezing
You can also freeze quiche. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge and warm in the oven.

Reheating
Reheat your quiche in the oven at 350°F for about 15-20 minutes or until heated through. This keeps the crust crispy. Microwaving is not recommended as it can make the crust soggy.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Quiche Lorraine is a versatile dish. You can try several variations to suit your taste.

Meat Options:

  • Replace bacon with ham or sausage for a different flavor.
  • For a vegetarian option, skip the meat and add more veggies like spinach or mushrooms.

Cheese Choices:

  • Swiss cheese is classic, but you can use Gruyère, cheddar, or feta.
  • Mixing cheeses can add depth to the taste.

Vegetable Add-ins:

  • Add bell peppers, zucchini, or broccoli for extra nutrients.

Crust Ideas:

  • Use a store-bought crust for convenience, or make your own for a personal touch.
  • Try a gluten-free crust if needed.

Serving Suggestions

Serve quiche Lorraine warm or at room temperature.

Garnishes:

  • Sprinkle with fresh herbs like parsley or chives.
  • Add a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt on top.

Side Dishes:

  • A green salad with light vinaigrette complements the richness.
  • Fresh fruit like berries or melon on the side can be a refreshing addition.

Occasions:

  • Perfect for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
  • Great for potlucks or picnics.
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