Mother's Day Tip
We typically double the recipe and make two variations at a time. This recipe can be assembled the night before and placed in the oven in the morning. Serve with fruit, muffins, coffee, and juice for a perfect Mother's Day brunch! This recipe is hearty enough for dinner too; just serve with a salad.
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
- 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 (see below) 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.
Variation 1: Fresh Herb and Cheese Quiche
Use crumbled feta 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
Variation 2: Veggie Sausage and Mushroom Quiche
Use cheddar cheese in the basic quiche recipe
1/2 cup faux veggie patties cooked and chopped
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
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: Veggie Bacon and Swiss Cheese Quiche
Use Swiss cheese in the basic quiche recipe
1/4 pound of veggie bacon cooked crisp then chopped
2-3 green onions thinly sliced
Variation 7: 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 8: Zucchini and Tomato Quiche
Use sharp cheddar cheese in the basic quiche recipe
1/2 cup chopped zucchini
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
Variation 9: Crustless Quiche
Use any of the variations above but omit the crust and bake in greased baking dish.