By ohioeggs Brunches, Lunches, Main Dishes
June 29, 2015
This classic French favorite is rich, creamy, and easy for entertaining with pre-made crust, fully-cooked bacon and pre-shredded cheese.
Sprinkle cheese and bacon evenly in bottom of pie shell.
Beat eggs, half-and-half, salt, pepper and nutmeg in medium bowl until blended.
Carefully pour over filling in pie shell.
Bake in center of 375°F oven until center is almost set but jiggles slightly when dish is gently shaken and knife inserted near center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.
Let stand 5 minutes. Cut into wedges.
Serve with a tossed salad and fresh fruit dessert.
Leftovers are good cold or reheated briefly in the oven or microwave. Great for snacking or a quick breakfast on the run.
If using frozen pie shell, choose the deep-dish size. Always bake your pie shell first to avoid a soggy crust.
No water bath needed. The piecrust protects the custard filling from direct oven heat, so a water bath is not necessary.
How to tell if it's done. Baked custards should be removed from the oven before the center is completely set. The center will jiggle slightly when dish is gently shaken. Custard will continue to "cook" after it's removed and center will firm up quickly. Overbaked custard may curdle.
The Knife Test Test for doneness with a thin-bladed knife. Insert knife about 1 inch from the center of a one-dish custard; midway between center and edge. If knife is clean when pulled out, the custard is done. If any custard clings to the blade, bake a few minutes longer and test again.
Cheese Fillings Quiche fillings containing cheese may continue to test "wet" even after they are done. Tap or gently shake the dish; remove quiche from oven when the center is almost set but still jiggles a bit.
This recipe is an excellent source of protein, folate, choline, calcium, and a good source Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and iron.