Remember the book Real Men Don't Eat Quiche? It was very popular in the 1980s and helped define the 'macho genre'. However, the author of the book is wrong. Real men eat whatever they want! And quiche recipes are so easy and versatile.
Despite their reputation as a fancy French entree, quiches are actually very easy to make. Once you've mastered the general technique, you need never serve the same quiche again!
Quiches are made from a combination of eggs, liquid, and cheese baked in a pastry shell. As long as you beat the egg mixture well, cook the fillings before adding them to the pie, and follow the baking times and temperatures carefully, you will have success.
First of all, the pie crust must be tender and flaky. My favorite recipe for Hot Water Pastry is a foolproof crust that's fabulous. (Here's a tip: if you like to cook ahead and freeze, triple the recipe and roll out six crusts between sheets of waxed paper. Slide them into a heavy duty freezer bag and freeze for up to 6 months. When you want to make a pie, let the frozen crust stand on the counter for 30-45 minutes while you prepare the filling, then ease the pastry into the pie pan and proceed with the recipe.)
The filling must have some kind of structure so the pie will hold together when sliced. In Spinach Quiche, a white sauce is made and stirred into a combination of sour cream and eggs for the filling. In Wild Rice Quiche, sour cream and eggs are beaten together for the filling. As the eggs cook, they set, forming a custard. Any quiche recipe using the basic proportions of about a cup of dairy product or sauce with 3-4 eggs will work.
You can fill your quiches with just about anything; they're a great way to use up leftovers. In a quiche, leftover shrimp, cooked chicken, ham, cooked vegetables, and especially bits of cheese transform into a dish worthy of company! Try your hand at quiche making this week.
Best Quiche Recipes
Easiest Cheese Quiche
All you have to do with this recipe is put grated cheese in a prepared crust and top it with an egg and milk mixture. It couldn't be easier! The pie is very fluffy and light.
The sausages must be fully cooked before being baked in this quiche. This pie is so hearty that any man will love it!
This classic recipe is filled with crisp bacon and savory cheese. It's delicious!
Be sure you drain the spinach very well in this recipe. I place it between layers of paper towel and press down on the mixture until the spinach is almost dry.
The flavors of pizza and tons of cheese packed into a quiche make this recipe a kid favorite.
Beef Cheese Pan Quiche
This really is a hearty quiche! It's simply baked in a jelly roll pan, so the filling is thinner. This is one of my favorite recipes.
Rich Chicken Dijon Quiche
Tender chunks of chicken are suspended in an eggy cream mixture in this simple recipe.
Wild Rice Quiche
If you love wild rice, this is the quiche for you! It's tender, delicious, and so beautiful.
Hash Brown Quiche
Hash brown potatoes are combined with eggs and onions and baked until golden to form the crust for this unusual quiche. You can fill this potato crust with any of the other fillings in this collection.
Microwave Salmon Quiche
You can also bake this quiche in the oven at 375 degrees F for 30-40 minutes until puffed and set.
Ham and Swiss Quiche
This classic recipe is a great way to use up leftover ham. You could substitute cooked shrimp, crabmeat, or cooked and crumbled bacon for the ham if you'd like.
Enchilada Microwave Chicken Pie
I love the combination of flavors and textures in this easy pie. Once again, you can bake it at 375 degrees F for 30-40 minutes; omit the step of brushing the crust with the egg and Worcestershire sauce mixture. Just add the egg and Worcestershire sauce to the custard.
Ricotta Artichoke Pie
Omit the top crust in this quick and easy recipe and you've got yourself a quiche! It bakes for the same time as the double crust pie.
Chile Rellenos Pie
Refrigerated crescent roll dough forms the crust in this spicy, cheesy pie. You could substitute your own homemade pie crust for the dough if you'd like.
Tex Mex Chicken Pies
Kids love these little individual quiches! You can make them milder by eliminating the green chiles and the chili powder if you'd like. Or turn them into another flavor altogether by using tomato sauce instead of the taco sauce, and adding thyme and marjoram.