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Broccoli Cheddar Quiche with Bacon

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This soft and fluffy quiche is loaded with hearty broccoli, crispy bacon and gooey cheddar cheese. Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, everyone at the table will gobble up this Broccoli Bacon Quiche!

A slice of broccoli bacon quiche on a white plate with the rest of the quiche in the background

Cheesy Broccoli Bacon Quiche

A quiche is like the pie of breakfast food. It has the flaky pastry crust and the irresistible filling. Plus, both dishes tend to get people lining up in the kitchen! Only quiches are filled with eggs, veggies, meat and cheese instead of fruits and pudding.

This particular recipe takes a fluffy broccoli cheddar quiche and invites bacon to the party! Paired with a few other wholesome ingredients, there’s an explosion of yumminess in every single bite. You can also extend an invite to any other ingredients of your choosing. Quiches are amazingly versatile!

But before you experiment with any additions or variations, I encourage you to try the recipe as it is. It’s downright divine! It was passed down in my mother’s family for generations, and I even made a few little upgrades of my own.

What is Quiche?

Quiche is basically an omelet packaged inside of a buttery pie crust. It’s considered a savory egg custard, but it’s more fluffy and eggy than pudding-like in terms of texture. Some quiches are made with no crust, but I find that the crust really takes them to the next level and makes them so much more than just a baked omelet.

A homemade crusted quiche filled with cheese, meat and veggies in a pie plate

Recipe Ingredients

Below you’ll find the items that come together to form this quiche. Some helpful substitution options are included!

  • 9-Inch Pie Crust: Make the tastiest pastry crust of your life with this easy recipe. Or with this gluten-free version!
  • Bacon: 5 slices, cooked.
  • Cheddar Cheese: Shredded. I love the Tillamook Farmstyle cut because it’s nice and thick.
  • Streamed Broccoli: You can use fresh or frozen, but steam it first so it stays soft. Just let it cool and release any excess moisture before adding it to the quiche.
  • Diced Red Onions: Or shallots, sautéed for added flavor.
  • Flour: This may be an unexpected ingredient, but it’s important to help thicken the filling.
  • Whole Milk: This works with the heavy cream to keep the quiche ultra fluffy.
  • Heavy Cream: The milk and heavy cream can be substituted for half & half.
  • Eggs: You’ll need 4 beaten eggs.
  • Salt & Pepper: To taste.
Broccoli, milk, eggs, cheddar cheese and the remainaing ingredients arranged on a marble countertop

How to Make Broccoli Bacon Quiche

This hearty quiche recipe is really simple. You just have to prepare and pre-bake the crust, then throw together the filling and bake!

Cook & Chop Bacon: Cook 5 pieces of bacon either on the stovetop or in the oven until they reach your desired crispness. Chop them up and set the chopped bacon aside.

Cook vegetables: Sauté the diced red onions on the stovetop until you’re happy with how they’re cooked. At the same time, steam the broccoli until fork tender. Set aside to cool and allow the extra moisture to drain.

Start Par-Baking Crust: Prepare your pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate. Preheat the oven to 375°F. To partially bake it, place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom and then add pie weights or dried beans or rice. Bake the crust for 12 minutes.

Poke Holes & Continue Par-Baking: Remove it from the oven and set aside the weights and parchment paper. Poke the bottom of the pie crust with a fork several times. Return the crust to the oven for another 10 minutes.

A partially baked pie crust with pinched edges inside of a white pie plate

Lower Oven: Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.

Form Slurry with Flour & Milk: In a small dish, take 2 tablespoons of the milk and whisk it together with the flour until the flour is dissolved. Add additional milk if needed.

Combine Slurry with Milk, Cream & Spices: Combine the slurry with the rest of the milk, heavy cream and beaten eggs. Whisk to combine and add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Fill Crust: Layer the meat, vegetables and cheese in the prepared pie crust, then pour the liquid over top.

Bake: Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes, until the center of the quiche is cooked through. Use a pie crust shield to prevent the edges of the crust from browning too quickly.

An overhead shot of a broccoli bacon quiche in a pie dish on a white countertop

Tips for Success

Crafting the perfect quiche isn’t hard to do. Just take note of these easy tips!

  • Make the Crust in Advance: The crust recipes that I linked in the ingredients section can both be made ahead of time. This cuts down on prep time by a lot!
  • Finely Chop the Veggies: In order to distribute all the ingredients evenly throughout the quiche, be sure to chop up your vegetables very finely.
  • Don’t Skip the Pre-Bake! Partially baking the crust is a super important step in this recipe. It prevents your crust from getting soggy or coming out undercooked.
  • Cook it Covered: If you don’t have a pie crust shield, simply cover the quiche with a tented piece of foil. This keeps the edges from overcooking.
One slice being lifted from a broccoli cheddar bacon quiche with a metal spatula

Variation Ideas

Whether you want to add something extra to your quiche or re-imagine the recipe entirely, I’ve got some great ideas!

  • Add More Veggies: Peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach are popular quiche ingredients that couldn’t possibly fail. If you’re using frozen spinach, you’ll have to sauté it and drain out the excess water. There’s no need to cook fresh spinach, but I do recommend giving it a rough chop.
  • Make it Vegetarian: You can make your quiche vegetarian by substituting the bacon for any of the above vegetables, or another of your choice! Just be sure to chop everything up into small pieces.
  • Meatlover’s Quiche: Go ahead and load in the protein! Cubed ham is a popular option.
  • Change up the Cheese: Even though broccoli and cheddar are a classic combination, feel free to use another kind of cheese for this recipe. Or, you could use two different kinds!

What to Serve with Quiche

Pretty much any dish under the sun will pair well with this bacon broccoli quiche. Nevertheless, I’ve got a few suggestions for you!

  • Cornbread Muffins: I can’t get enough of these spicy Cornbread Muffins. Made with chorizo, red peppers, jalapeños and cheddar cheese, they’re guaranteed to go great with your quiche.
  • Roasted Potatoes: Crispy Roasted Potatoes seasoned with spices and lemon juice? How about a sprinkle of parmesan to top it all off! This side dish is a great choice no matter what time of day it is.
  • Banana Bread: It’s always nice to serve a sweeter side dish with a savory main course like this one. A slice of this Moist Banana Bread is sure to satisfy!
A slice of breakfast quiche on a white plate with a marble background

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Leftover quiche lasts for 3-4 days in the fridge. Keep it in an airtight container.

Individual servings can be warmed up in the microwave, but larger portions should be reheated in the oven. Bake leftover quiche at 350°F until it’s heated through, using a pie crust shield or a piece of foil to prevent the edges of the crust from over-browning.

Can I Freeze This?

Definitely! First, freeze the completely cooled quiche on a baking tray. Once firm, wrap it in heavy-duty foil and place it in a resealable freezer bag with all the air squeezed out.

Reheat your quiche directly from frozen. You will have to add an extra 10 or 20 minutes to the bake time. Frozen quiche lasts for up to 2 months.

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A close-up shot of a piece of crusted quiche on a serving plate

Broccoli Cheddar Quiche with Bacon

  • Author: Julianne
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

This soft and fluffy quiche is loaded with hearty broccoli, crispy bacon and gooey cheddar cheese. Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, everyone at the table will gobble up this Broccoli Bacon Quiche!

Ingredients

  • 1 9-inch Pie crust, partially baked
  • 5 slices cooked bacon
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup diced broccoli
  • ¼ cup diced red onions, sauté for added flavor [or shallots]
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare the filling: Cook 5 pieces of bacon either on the stovetop or in the oven until desired crispness. Finely chop and set aside. Sauté the red onions the stovetop until desired. Chop additional vegetables and shred the cheese.
  2. Partially bake the crust: Prepare a pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate. Preheat the oven to 375°F. To partially bake, place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom and then add pie weights or dried beans or rice. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside the weight and parchment paper. Poke the bottom of the pie crust with a fork several times. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  4. Combine the liquid ingredients: In a small dish, take 2 tablespoons of the milk and whisk together with the flour until the flour is dissolved. Add additional milk if needed. Them combine the slurry with the rest of the milk, heavy cream and beaten eggs. Whisk to combine and add salt and pepper. Set aside.
  5. Add the filling: Layer the meat, vegetables and cheese in the prepared pie crust and then pour the liquid over top.
  6. Bake: Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes until the center of the quiche is cooked through. Use a pie crust shield to prevent the edges from browning too quickly.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: French

Keywords: what is quiche, bacon quiche, breakfast quiche

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