Top 10 Quiche Variations
Chef Owen and Michelle May
We love to take a simple recipe, like this basic recipe for quiche, and experiment with all sort of variations. Here are ten of our favorites! Serve with fresh fruit salad, our yummy Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins, coffee, and juice for a perfect weekend brunch! This recipe is also hearty enough for dinner too; just serve with a salad.
We typically double this quiche recipe and make two variations at a time. Quiche can be assembled the night before and placed in the oven in the morning.
This is a great recipe because you can swap out the extra ingredients for whatever fresh vegetables you have on hand. If you’re cooking with kids, set up the ingredients assembly line-style and let them put the ingredients into the shell. Serve with fruit or a salad to balance out the meal.
Basic Quiche Recipe
1 9″ deep dish ready-to-bake pie crust
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (any kind; see variations below)
1 cup of half and half
3 eggs, slightly beaten
Salt and pepper to taste
(See directions at the bottom)
Variation 1: Fresh Herb and Cheese Quiche
Use crumbled feta or goat cheese or a mixture of grated cheeses such as cheddar, jack, swiss, mozzarella and/or parmesean.
2-4 tablespoons of fresh minced herbs (or substitute 2-4 teaspoons of dried herbs) such as parsley, basil, oregeno, or thyme
Optional: Add leftover diced chicken or turkey
Variation 2: Sausage and Mushroom Quiche
Use cheddar cheese in the basic quiche recipe
1/2 cup cooked, chopped breakfast sausage (spicy if desired)
1/2 cup diced red onions
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
Variation 3: Green Chili and Pepper Jack Cheese Quiche
Use Pepper Jack Cheese in the basic quiche recipe
1 small can of diced green chilis drained
1/2 cup diced yellow onions
Variation 4: Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella Quiche
Use shredded mozzarella cheese in the basic quiche recipe
1 cup of cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half (Lightly salt the tomatoes and allow to drain in a strainer for 10 minutes to remove some of the moisture before baking.)
1/4 cup of shredded fresh basil leaves
Variation 5: Broccoli and Red Pepper Quiche
Use montery jack or cheddar cheese in the basic quiche recipe
1/2 cup chopped brocolli (steamed for 2 minutes before adding)
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1/2 cup diced red onion
Variation 6: Bacon and Swiss Cheese Quiche
Use Swiss cheese in the basic quiche recipe
1/4 pound of bacon cooked crisp then chopped
2-3 green onions thinly sliced
Variation 7: Ham and Asparagus
Use Monterey Jack cheese in the basic quiche recipe
1/4 pound of ham, diced
1/2 cup of asparagus, woody stem removed; tender stem chopped into 1 inch pieces
Variation 8: Spinach and Red Pepper Quiche
Use feta or any white or yellow cheese
1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves (you can use thawed frozen chopped spinach instead)
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1/2 cup diced white or yellow onion
Variation 9: Zucchini and Tomato Quiche
Use sharp cheddar cheese in the basic quiche recipe
1/2 cup chopped zucchini
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
Variation 10: Crustless Quiche
Use any of the variations above but omit the crust and bake in greased baking dish.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Thaw pie crust according to directions.
- Lightly brush the crust with a small amount of the beaten eggs.
- Poke holes in pie crust with a fork.
- Place crust in the oven to slightly pre-bake for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove crust the from the oven and sprinkle half of the cheese on the bottom. Layer your fillings on top.
- Beat the eggs with the half and half then pour over ingredients in the shell.
- Add the remaining cheese.
- Bake for 45 minutes, then let stand for 15 minutes.
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