Quiche Lorraine

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Quiche Lorraine with a buttery crust and a tender filling with our favorite food group - bacon!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

The mother of all quiche recipes is the Quiche Lorraine, a light custard with lots of bacon in a buttery crust.

Culinary trends took an odd turn in the 70s when quiche gained the reputation of being a Ladies-who-lunch type of dish. Must have been because they took the bacon out and started putting everything else in (asparagus, goat cheese, mushrooms, heck, they even took out the crust.)

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But the classic Quiche Lorraine has endured, I’m guessing mostly because of the bacon!

In this version of Quiche Lorraine we’ve included some chopped chives because as of this writing it is springtime, and the chives are flourishing in the garden.

If you’ve never made a quiche before, don’t worry, it couldn’t be easier. Especially if you’re working with a prepared frozen crust. If not, it’s still easy, it just takes more time and planning.

Quiche Lorraine Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 6

Onions or shallots can be used in place of the chives. Use about 1/2 cup, finely chopped, and sauté in butter first, before spreading over the bottom of the quiche crust with the bacon.

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe pie dough (see Pâte Brisée recipe) or a prepared frozen pie crust
  • 1/2 pound (225 g) of bacon (you can use more or less to your taste)
  • 1 cup (235 ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) heavy cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper to taste (we used about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (4 ounces, 113 g) grated gruyere or other cheese (cheddar works too)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chopped chives

Method

1 Rollout the dough, form into a tart pan, then freeze: If you are making your own pie crust, roll out the pie dough into a 12-inch round. Place it in a 10-inch wide, 1 1/2-inch high tart pan, pressing the dough into the corners.

Use a rolling pin to roll over the surface of the tart pan to cleanly cut off the excess dough from the edges.

Freeze for at least half an hour before blind-baking.

2 Pre-bake the frozen crust: (also called "blind" baking) If you are using a store-bought frozen crust, follow the directions on the package for pre-baking.

If you are pre-baking a homemade crust, preheat oven to 350°F. Line the frozen crust with heavy duty aluminum foil. Allow for a couple inches to extend beyond the sides of the tart or pie pan.

Fill tart pan with dry beans, sugar, or rice.

If you are using a pan with a removable bottom, place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet in the oven to catch any spillage.

Bake for 40 minutes. Then remove from oven, remove the pie weights (the easiest way to do this is to lift up the foil by the edges) and the foil, and set aside. (See further tips on how to blind bake a crust.)

3 Cook the bacon: Heat a large frying pan on medium heat. Arrange strips of bacon in a single layer on the bottom of the pan (you may need to work in batches or do two pans at once).

Slowly cook the bacon, turning the strips over occasionally until they are nicely browned and much of the fat has rendered out.

Lay the cooked strips of bacon on a paper towel to absorb the excess fat. Pour fat out of the pan into a jar (not down the drain, unless you want to clog the pipes) for future use, or wait until it solidifies and discard in the trash.

Chop the cooked bacon crosswise into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch pieces.

4 Preheat oven to 350°F.

5 Whisk eggs, add nutmeg, salt, pepper, cream, milk: Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Add the nutmeg, salt, black pepper and chives and whisk a little more. Add the milk and cream and whisk vigorously to incorporate and introduce a little air into the mix – this keeps the texture of the quiche light and fluffy.

6 Put filling in pre-baked crust: Arrange the bacon and cheese in the bottom of the pie crust.

Whisk the egg-milk mixture hard again for a few seconds, then pour it gently into the pie crust.

You want the bacon and cheese to be suspended in the mix, so you might need to gently stir it around just a little. You also want the chives, which will float, to be evenly arranged on top, so move them around with a spoon until you like where they are.

7 Bake: Put the quiche into the preheated oven and bake for 30-40 minutes. (If using pan with removable bottom, be sure to place a rimmed baking sheet underneath.)

Check for doneness after 30 minutes by gently jiggling the quiche. It should still have just a little wiggle. (It will finish setting while it cools.) Cool on a wire rack.

Eat at room temperature, cold (a quiche will keep for several days in the fridge), or reheated gently in a 200-degree oven.

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This recipe is dedicated to Berkeley Breathed whose Bloom County comic strip kept millions entertained daily for years, and who named a character in that strip (the sometimes girlfriend of Steve Dallas) "Quiche Lorraine".

Steve Dallas putting the moves on Quiche Lorraine:

(slap!) "I'm not that kind of girl!"
(pause)
"You most certainly are!"
"Oh, pits, is it that obvious?"

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Tedi

    I tried other quiche Lorraine recipes but this one is my favorite because I don’t do onions and the chives are a super touch without the heavy oniony taste!
    I use the 50/50 Swiss/gruyere package from Aldi and it works out perfectly! A favorite to everyone I’ve served it to!

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  2. Evelyn Anderson

    Boom my quieshes or quiesh came out great

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  3. Carolyn Haas

    This was my first quiche. I used a frozen crust, less bacon, part 1/2 and 1/2 and part skim milk, and shredded swiss cheese. It had to cook about 45 minutes until it still “had a little wiggle” but it seemed quite runny when I cut the pieces. Nonetheless, it was delicious!

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  4. CJ Tomato

    Flavor wise, this will be my go to recipe for Quiche Lorraine. The nutmeg is a wonderful addition to the flavor profile. Perhaps I am misinterpreting something, but this seemed awfully thin when I mixed it up. I added 2 additional eggs. After 40 minutes of baking at 350 and about 25 mins of cool-down, the middle was not solidified. I’m probably thinking it was the store bought crust I used and/or using the cheddar cheese vs. Gruyere. I will, however, cut back on the milk. Perhaps using 3/4c versus a full cup.

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  5. GP

    I would use half the bacon suggested and twice the milk/cream/egg portion. I like a thicker quiche and more custard. This came out about 1” high and very salty from the bacon. Used a 10” spring form pan as suggested. Maybe would have fit the bill by using a much smaller pan.

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