21 Best Quiche Recipes– From regular quiche to vegan or crustless, there is something for everyone.
This is a collection of quiche recipes for quiche lovers. You will find the usual recipes of quiche with crust, but there are also vegan, crustless, gluten-free, and even paleo versions. I hope you find something to enjoy any day of the year!
Quiche is an awesome item to have on the table for brunch, Easter, Mother’s day, or holidays, but I often make a quiche to prepare for a busy week.
A piece of quiche in the morning is a perfect way to start the day. You can use vegetables, favorite meats, herbs, and also favorite cheeses.
What is Quiche?
Quiche is a savory tart made with a pastry crust (or without), filled with eggs, milk (cream), cheese, meats, and vegetables. Quiche can be served warm or cold, based on preferences.
It is part of the French cuisine but many countries around the world make the dish especially for parties.
Quiche Lorraine is a recipe made hundreds of years ago in France, in the Lorraine region, which many people think is either German or French.
The truth is that both Alsace and Lorraine regions were on and off under German or French domination, which is reflected in their cuisine.
For example, Alsace cuisine is all about sausages and sauerkraut, while Lorraine is slightly more French in character.
Crust or Crustless:
Well, I would say, it used to be a rule about that in the past. Quiche is a pastry, a tart; therefore, the crust is supposed to be a mandatory part of the recipe.
However, as we try to make our food healthier, many recipes now skip the crust and make the so-called crustless quiche. Even if people are not trying to accomplish that, they might be shy to make a crust from scratch.
The mastery of pie crust dough and puff pastry really makes one feel like a cook. Thanks to the food processor and heavy-duty mixers, today, it is easy to make a pie crust or a pastry shell for your recipes in less than 5 minutes.
Everyone should have at least one savory and one sweet pie crust recipe in their repertoire.
If you make a crustless quiche, you are fine. This type of quiche is wonderful when you are looking for a lower-carb version of quiche or in a hurry.
It pretty much bakes the same way as the one with a crust, and it is perfect with a tossed salad and a bottle of wine. Lunch or dinner would be ready in less than 40 minutes.
What is the base for any quiche:
While you can skip the pastry bottom for some quiche recipes, the filling is essential.
The quiche filling is actually a custard made with eggs and liquid of some sort, usually cream(my favorite is sour cream or heavy cream) or milk.
The eggs slowly coagulate in the oven, holding the rest of the ingredients in a creamy suspension.
You don’t need a lot of custard. The beauty of quiche is the balance between its delicious, tenderly baked buttery crust and its filling.
Per Julia Child’s rule, when you measure how much egg and liquid you need, for each large egg, break 1 egg into a cup and add liquid to reach the 1/2 cup level.
What kind of cheese is suitable for a quiche:
According to Larousse Gastronomique, the original Quiche Lorraine doesn’t have any cheese. Did you know that?
This is good information to remember when there is no cheese available.
However, cheese is an important ingredient in modern quiche recipes. Cheddar Cheese, Gruyere, Parmesan are some of my favorite types of cheese used in my baking.
Monterey, Fontina, Mozzarella, Swiss or even Brie are perfect as well.
Don’t throw out good but dried-out cheese! Grate it in a food processor, bag it, and use it for the base of a wonderful quiche.
Also, don’t be afraid of eggs, butter and dairy products in general.
Healthy people are allowed a certain amount of each and need a certain amount of each for a well balanced diet.
Just make sure you use ingredients that are less processed, preferably organic, if you can get your hands on them.
As I always say, you cannot make good tasting food with ingredients that taste bad.
Cooking and feeding the family food with real ingredients is an act of love towards your loved ones.
How to make a delicious quiche with leftovers from the fridge:
A quiche will also be a versatile and easy dish to make. It also gives you the chance to feast on leftovers.
You can plan on a quiche for yesterday’s cooked salmon or save sauteed mushrooms or spinach for a vegetarian version.
Use fresh or frozen broccoli, asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, green onions, leeks, red bell peppers or canned pimentos, ham, bacon, sausages, leftover crab, shrimp, or lobster.
Even sautéed eggplant in olive oil, garlic and parsley makes a wonderful ingredient for a quiche.
You can use shredded zucchini, smoked or canned salmon, or tuna as well. Learn to combine all kinds of ingredients and use your imagination to create your own versions of delicious quiche.
If you are lucky enough to have some leftover quiche, reheat it and have it for a quick meal. Slice it in serving portions and refrigerate or even freeze them.
When ready to serve, preheat the oven to 400F, sprinkle some more shredded cheese on top of the quiche and reheat, uncovered in the oven for about 15 minutes. Very convenient for unexpected cocktail guests.
This is it, my friends! I hope you enjoy this collection of awesome, delicious, sometimes unusual quiche recipes.
I also hope you try some of them. Make a good quiche and a salad, brew some fresh coffee or tea, and have a brunch celebrating the most important people in your life. Enjoy!