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Best Quiche Recipe

This is the best quiche recipe. Literally. It's one of the dishes I make that is always a crowd-pleaser and one of the most requested foods I make. I feel that it's the best quiche recipe because it can be something "new" just by adding a few ingredients (or swapping out some for a different flavor). It's easy and requires very little monitoring until closer to the end of baking.

So this best quiche recipe originated as a Quiche Loraine recipe I got from my French exchange student's sister 20+ years ago. I've lost her exact recipe years ago, and have resorted to store-bought dough, but the core of the best quiche recipe in reality is hers.

Compared to many quiche recipes around the net (like this one), I think what makes this one come out so perfect is the ratio of cheese to egg to cream.

Finished size: 9" pie
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40-60 minutes

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Ingredients for Best Quiche Recipe

  • Quiche ingredients - best quiche recipe - coffee with candis carmichael(1) frozen pie crust
  • 8 oz of your favorite cheese (shredded) - I prefer to use white melty cheeses like mozzarella or an Italian cheese blend. Swiss is also a good choice or my personal favorite: Gruyere!
  • (7) extra large eggs
  • OPTIONAL: (4 - 6) slices of plain, boiled ham. I like to use the ham from the deli and have them slice thinner than sandwich slices, but not shredded. Alternatively, you can use 2 - 4 slices of super thin-sliced prosciutto or 4 slices of cooked bacon
  • Garlic powder (light sprinkle; do not use fresh minced or chopped since it won't spread through the mixture well - you'll thank me later)
  • A sprinkle of dry basil (or 3 - 4 leafs of fresh basil chopped into ribbons)
  • 2 oz heavy cream
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (fresh ground; to taste)
  • Paprika (light sprinkle)
  • Nutmeg (light sprinkle)

Directions for Making this Best Quiche Recipe

  • Bring pie crust to room temp per instructions on the box. Place in 9" pie pan (I like to use glass ones)
  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F
  • Prep the quiche:
    • Whisk together the (7) extra large eggs and 2 oz. heavy creamQuiche pie crust with egg mix - best quiche recipe - coffee with candis carmichael
    • Sprinkle in the salt, pepper and garlic powder. Set aside.
    • OPTIONAL: if you're adding a meat in, chop up to small pieces. Create a layer on the bottom of the crust.Quiche with ham layer - best quiche recipe - coffee with candis carmichael
    • Shred 8 oz cheese (if not already shredded). Add your cheese to the pie crust (on top of the meat if you used any)Quiche with cheese layer - best quiche recipe - coffee with candis carmichael
    • If you're using  fresh basil, add now just like the ham - sprinkle evenly with your fingers (if not, you'll use the dry stuff right before it goes in the oven
    • Whisk your egg/cream mixture again, then pour over the center of the quiche.
    • Using a spoon or fork, carefully press the cheese down so it all gets wet with the egg mixture. Take care not to puncture the crust while you do this.quiche - press cheese into egg - best quiche recipe - coffee with candis carmichael
    • Sprinkle lightly with paprika, dry basil (if you're using the dried kind) and nutmeg. Just enough of each to add a touch of color 'cause a little dry spice goes a long way!

Bake for about 25-30 minutes until the top starts to brown.Quiche oven ready - best quiche recipe - coffee with candis carmichael

Tent with aluminum foil and continue baking for another 15-20 minutes.quiche at foil time - best quiche recipe - coffee with candis carmichael

Increase the temperature to 400°F, remove the foil and bake another 10-15 minutes until it's set and the edges of the crust are golden.

Quiche complete - best quiche recipe - coffee with candis carmichael

Slice and serve hot. This is one of my family's most requested recipes in any form and it's always a crowd-pleaser. I hope it will become one of your family favorites, too!

Tried it? I welcome your ideas, creative ad-ins and suggestions below.

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