Quiche for a Crowd

I love brunch. It is one of my favorite weekend traditions that since becoming a parent have become few and far between. But when my family from Alabama and Toronto were planning on coming in for the holidays, I jumped at the chance to host! Thirteen adults, a four-year-old, a three-year-old and FOUR eighteen-months-old calls for planning ahead and coming up with an easy and elegant plan!

I decided to make quiche the weekend before and freeze them.  I will thaw them the day before and heat up in the oven.  I plan on serving it with coffee, juice, fresh fruit and a quick banana bread (recipe coming soon in a new future post)!


QUICHE

  • Pre-made pie shell (I use frozen store brand deep dish)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 yellow onion
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 package of bacon
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cayanne pepper (Secret ingredient ALERT)!!!
  • OTHER INGREDIENTS- whatever you want to add….I used bite size broccoli, but I also love mushrooms, leeks, sauteed ham…..use your imagination.

**This is for ONE quiche.  I made three, so just tripled the recipe.

Heat Oven to 375.

First, chop the onion into tiny bite size pieces.  Melt butter in pan and add onion.  Season with salt (this helps to soften the onion).  Keep heat at a medium and stir often.  This process takes time!! You want a beautiful caramelized brown color.  Don’t turn up the heat……it will burn and turn bitter.

Prepare other ingredients.  Shred cheese if not shredded yet.  I like Swiss, but other strong cheeses like gruyere or a sharp cheddar would work well too!  Chop any vegetables or other ingredients you want to add.

In a large bowl crack eggs, add cream and season with salt and pepper.  Add a few DASHES of  cayenne pepper.  Use sparingly.  Just a hint will add a depth of flavor.  Your guest will ask….’what is that?’ SO GOOD.  Just don’t use too much……


Put the pie crusts on baking pan and sprinkle cheese in pie crust.  By this time, your onion should be beautifully caramelized.  Spoon out into dish.  Add other ingredients (I used chopped bacon in two and broccoli in the other).  Distribute evenly.


Bake 30-35 minutes until the filling has risen and slightly darkened and crust has turned a golden brown.

Serve and Enjoy!!

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**If you are planning on freezing make sure they are cooled before putting in the freezer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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