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Quiche with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts

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Are there still people out there pretending that quiche is some kind of effete food?

Because that’s bosh.

When done well, quiche makes for a delightful savory breakfast or brunch (or even a mean lunch or dinner alongside a simple green salad).

Sliced Brussels sprouts on a cutting board

It’s rich with egg-and-dairy custard that makes for a lovely contrast with a flaky pie crust. (Especially when it’s this flaky pie crust.)

And it’s versatile enough to accommodate a wide range of vegetable or cheese or meat add-ins.

What’s not to love?

Eggs, creme fraiche, and whole milk

This quiche features the classic combination of crisp bacon and caramelized Brussels sprouts. And that pair gets joined by a smattering of shredded gruyere cheese for even more savory goodness.

Like any good quiche it starts with a blind baked pie crust. And while I’ll always recommend my own easy pie crust, I won’t tell anyone if you start with a store-bought crust (just look for one made with all butter).

Pie crust with some shredded gruyere cheese in the bottom next to a bowl of eggy custard filling and a skillet with bacon and Brussels sprouts

The bacon gets sliced into bite-sized pieces and crisped in a skillet and thinly sliced Brussels sprouts get sizzled and browned in spots in the same pan.

But the heart of the quiche is its lush, custardy filling.

And this one is top-notch.

Pouring custard filling over bacon and Brussels sprouts into a pie crust

Eggs and whole milk get whisked together along with crème fraîche to give the custard some tang and depth.

Then the mixture gets passed through a strainer to make it silky smooth.

Then it gets a generous pinch of salt, a teensy pinch of cayenne, and a few cracks of black pepper.

Bacon and Brussels sprout quiche with gruyere waiting to go into the oven

You can use the same custard base with any add-ins you like, or even go minimalist and have a simple, gloriously smooth quiche with no extras at all.

I like to build a quiche with purpose.

In this particular version, you layer in a little bit of the shredded gruyere in the bottom of the baked pie crust to help protect the bottom crust from sog.

Then add the bacon and Brussels sprouts, then pour the custard mixture into the crust, and then gently sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of the custard.

Quiche with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts.

Then the whole thing goes into the oven where the custard puffs and the top cheese bits turn a glorious golden brown.

Then you just need to let it cool a little before slicing it, grabbing a fork, and diving in.

Quiche with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts.
Yield: 1 9-inch quiche

Bacon and Brussels Sprout Quiche

Quiche with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts

This quiche has a rich custardy filling that gets a bit of tang from a bit of crème fraîche.

The bacon is crisp and the Brussels sprouts are tender with lovely bits of caramelization. Gruyere cheese takes it over the top.

You can make this a day ahead of time and reheat it in the morning for a great brunch.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 blind baked pie crust
  • 5 slices thick-cut bacon, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 Brussels sprouts, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 ounces gruyere cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and saute until it begins to release some fat, 2-3 minutes. Add the Brussels sprouts and saute until the bacon is crisp and the Brussels sprouts are tender and browned in spots, about 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk together the eggs, milk, and crème fraîche in a large mixing bowl. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into another bowl. Add the salt, cayenne, and black pepper and stir.
  4. Sprinkle some of the gruyere over the bottom of the pie crust to form a barrier to help prevent sog. Add the bacon and Brussels sprouts in an even layer. Pour the egg mixture into the crust. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
  5. Carefully transfer to the oven and bake until the filling is puffed and set without a jiggle in the middle, 45-55 minutes.
  6. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

Notes

Can be made a day ahead of time. Be sure to let cool fully before covering and refrigerating. The quiche can be eaten cold or at room temperature or reheated, covered with aluminum foil, in a 350°F oven for about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 499mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 12g
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Phillip

Saturday 10th of October 2020

What about a baking temperature? You give a reheating temp but that’s it.

Mary Kasprzak

Saturday 10th of October 2020

Good catch! (Something got garbled when I transferred my recipe format to a new system.) It's fixed now.

Noelle

Friday 20th of December 2019

What a great idea for a quiche, love the bacon too!! Never can go wrong with bacon

Jayne

Friday 20th of December 2019

You had me at bacon!!

Toni

Friday 20th of December 2019

This looks really ahhhmazing!! My guests will surely be impressed!

Mirlene

Friday 20th of December 2019

I wouldn't be able to live without quiches. They are such a great breakfast alternative. Always filling, always delicious. Love this recipe!