Family Quiche Recipe

The Family Quiche Recipe

I am reposting this by request.  This is one of my best meals, not only according to me, but as verified by family and friends that keep asking me to make it over and over again.  The “secret” is that it is really easy to make.  If I have all the ingredients I can prepare it from start to oven in less than 10 minutes.  After that it is just cook, cool, and eat.

½ cup+ jack or swiss cheese, coarsely grated (I like pepper jack)
¼ cup sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated (sharper the cheddar, the less you need)
9” deep dish unbaked pastry shell (try a whole wheat shell if you can find one, or make your own crust!)
1 cup creamed cottage cheese (nonfat or low fat)
1 tablespoon onion chopped (I like green onions)
4 eggs (the ones still warm from under the chickens are the best!)
¼ cup of milk (nonfat or low fat)
1 tsp salt (I cut this in half and it still tastes fine)
1/8 tsp pepper (I go heavy on pepper and still add more at the table)

Optional Items: 

dash of hot sauce (I like the green kind best in egg dishes)

½  to ¾ cup of any filler item(s) you like, chopped into appropriate sized bits.  I have tried each of the following at one time or another:

  •     Bacon (I just can’t help it, sometimes I’m bad.)
  •     Alder Smoked Tofu (redemption for the bacon, and really good too!)
  •     Smoked Salmon (traditional quiche? Aaaaay)
  •     Spinach (lightly cook the spinach leaves to reduce the water content before adding to quiche)
  •     Mushrooms (also lightly sauté to reduce water content before adding to quiche)
  •     Broccoli and Pine Nuts

Combine cottage cheese with eggs, milk, and seasonings in blender, beat on high till smooth and frothy.  Pour a thin layer of egg mixture on bottom of pastry shell. Sprinkle jack or swiss cheese in bottom of pastry shell.  Then scatter into the pie shell the onions and any filler items from list above, (or invent your own). Pour remainder of egg mixture over cheese, onions and filler items in pastry shell. Do not overfill.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese over top of quiche after first 30 minutes in oven so it melts all over the top during last 15 minutes of cooking. Cook at 350 degrees for 45-50 min (or more) till silver knife inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool and set for 20 minutes or more before serving.  (I guarantee whatever you don’t finish will be even better the next day!  I usually just double the recipe and make two).