Yesterday, when I was trying to figure out what to have for dinner, quiche came to mind. Whenever I think of quiche, I always think of Quiche Lorraine. Quite frankly, I have never had Quiche Lorraine - AMAZING!! Well that changed last night!! (A side note - for those of you wondering WHO WAS LORRAINE?? It was a province in France on the German border called Alsace-Lorraine - if you add onions to the quiche it becomes Quiche Alsacienne.
I digress . . . the original quiche is made without the cheese, but this recipe sounded so good, so what the heck!!!
Quiche Lorraine by Emeril Lagasse
Single pie crust
6 ounces thick cut bacon
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1 1/4 cup half and half ** (I didn't have, so I just used whole milk)
1/4 tsp white pepper ** (I didn't have, so I just used black pepper)
pinch of ground nutmeg
1 cup grated Gruyere or Swiss ** (I had smoked Gruyere cheese)
Make the pie crust according to your directions
Roll out the dough to fit into a 9 inch tart pan with a removable bottom or a 9 inch pie pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375F
Line the pie dough in the tart pan/pie pan with parchment paper and pie weights (I used dried beans).
Bake until the crust is set, about 12 to 14 minutes. Remove the weights and paper and bake for an additional 8 to 10 minutes until the crust is a golden brown. Leave the oven on.
In a medium skillet, cook the bacon until crisp, Remove bacon and let drain on a paper towel. (A word of warning . . . family members will appear out of nowhere wanting a piece of bacon!!)
Crumble the bacon and scatter around the bottom of the pie crust.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, yolks and half and half (or milk) together. Add the remaining ingredients.
Pour over the crust and bake until the custard is golden and puffed, roughly 30 to 35 minutes. The center might still be slightly wiggly (that is ok!).
Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes before serving.
My family loved it!! It was good. You can also substitute chopped ham for the bacon if you like. This is a quick and easy dinner.