When it comes to quiche, we side with Chef John: "A proper quiche should be rich, custardy, and luxurious -- not some kind of dense, baked omelet." Read on for tips on how to make a quiche -- and stay tuned for top-rated Quiche recipes below.
How to Make Quiche
Making a quiche is actually surprisingly easy. We lay out some simple tips below. Follow along with Chef John as he makes a Classic Quiche Lorraine with bacon, leeks, and Gruyere cheese. To see how to make quiche crust, check out Chef John's Easy Homemade Crust.
1. If you're adding onions, leeks, or other chopped veggies, give them a quick saute.
2. Prep your deep-dish pie pan (or tart pan) with pie dough for a single crust. We're going to "blind bake" the quiche crust before pouring in the filling.
3. To blind bake the crust, line your crust with aluminum foil, shaping it so it fits the crust, all the way to the edges. To weigh down the foil, fill the foil with dried beans, distributing them across the bottom and partly up the sides. The weight helps hold the crust's shape.
4. Bake the crust in a preheated 425 degrees F oven for 7 minutes. Carefully remove the foil. Then return the foil-free crust to the oven for another 5 minutes. For more on this technique, check out how to blind bake a pie crust.
5. Now for the filling! We're using three whole eggs plus two extra egg yolks. Whisk together the eggs with cream and milk until well mixed.
6. Next, layer your fillings into the crust. First, lay down two-thirds of your sauteed veggies and two-thirds of your cheese. Carefully spoon in your creamy egg mixture. Top with the remainder of your fillings. Because balancing an uncooked quiche from counter top to oven can be challenging, here's a simple no-mess tip: Pull out an oven rack and place a sheet pan on it; put the pie crust on the rack, spoon the egg mixture into the crust, and then gently push the rack into the oven.
7. Place in a 325 degree F oven until the egg mixture sets, about 40 minutes. You want it to just set. Watch the video above to see how Chef John judges when his quiche is perfectly set.
8. Let your quiche cool.
Quiche Quick Tips:
Make ahead quiche. Bake quiche ahead of time and refrigerate, or freeze for longer storage. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight.
Make use of leftovers Quiche is a great way to use up leftover meat and vegetables. And just a terrific way sneak in greens!
Make it lighter. Follow the quiche recipe as written, but skip the crust. Now, you've got a frittata!
Make it for one. Try making individual quiches using a muffin tin. The baking temperature will be the same, though baking time might vary -- just keep an eye on them to be sure they don't burn.
Top-Rated Quiche Recipes
"This bacon rose quiche is so rich and creamy, it will melt in your mouth," says Culinary Envy. "It's the best quiche recipe I have ever tried! Bacon slices made into cute roses for the top make this dish perfect for company. Garnish with extra green onions, if desired."
"This easy vegetarian quiche is a snap to make but looks great on the table," says sal.
"This super-easy mashup of two classic dishes will be the star at your next brunch, but it's great for dinner, too," says Leslie Kelly. "Serve it with a green salad on the side."
"When you don't have the time to make a pastry crust, try this quick lunch idea," says myrite. "Add any other goodies you like, such as ham, chicken, crab, shrimp or broccoli."
"Quiche quickly became my specialty," says Jaded. "If you like smoked salmon, this dish will both surprise you and impress your guests. Best served with Caesar salad."
"This recipe has become a staple for me," says Sophia Del Gigante. "I was totally new to making quiche and this recipe was easy to follow and delicious. I now get creative and modify it for many different meals. My husband and friends LOVE it and you will too, the nutmeg definitely adds another dimension to it!"
A simple quiche with fresh asparagus, bacon, and Swiss cheese. "Very nice use of asparagus," says NURSEARS. "I made a butter based pie crust and it turned out wonderful. Great variation on the standard quiche."
"The combination of caramelized onion, bacon, and Cheddar cheese is perfect," says Karen. "My husband said this is the best quiche he's ever tried!"