Morning Quiche

A brunch or breakfast classic! This quiche can be made ahead of time so you do not have to wake up early!

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Quiche is a staple in French cooking, but it actually originated in Germany. The word quiche comes from the German word kuchen meaning cake. The most famous recipe for quiche is Quiche Lorraine. Lorraine is a region in France that was known as the Kingdom of Lothringen when it was under German rule. Present day Lorraine is right by the border that separates France and Germany. One of the oldest recipes for Quiche Lorraine is an open-faced pie that has a filling of eggs, chopped bacon, and cream.

I once had a roommate that loved brunch. We met at a brunch through mutual friends, and when we began living together during my post college days we cooked for a lot brunches at our apartment. We did not have a lot of money, so brunch could only happen if we used leftover ingredients from the work week. This recipe was invented because we needed a dish that would be cost effective, easy to make ahead, and be able to impress our guests. Please enjoy!

Morning Quiche Recipe

Yields 6 servings

Specialty Tool: Pie plate, pastry brush, whisk.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 5 minutes

Bake Time 35 minutes

Inactive Time 10 minutes

Drink Pairing Suggestion: Bellini or Mimosa


9-inch refrigerated pie crust, room temperature

1 teaspoon milk

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

4 ounces of ground breakfast turkey sausage

5 eggs

1/3 cup of heavy cream or milk

2 pieces of bacon, chopped

2 ounces of Colby Jack or Cheddar Jack Cheese

1 large red potato, cubed

Salt and Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400 F.

Grease the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate. Unroll pie crust and gently press into bottom sides of the pie plate.

Prick bottom of the pie crust with a fork. Using a pastry brush, brush the crust with a little milk. Put the pan in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile as the pie crust bakes, heat a skillet to medium high heat. Add the ground sausage and stir frequently until cooked, about 5 minutes.

In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Whisk in the bacon, cheese, potato, salt, and pepper. Pour egg mixture into the crust.

Bake for 18-25 minutes until mixture is set and top is golden.

Cool the quiche for 10 minutes. Cut the quiche into wedges. Serve warm with some greens and potatoes.

Make Ahead Directions: Do all the instructions above, except preheating the oven and baking the quiche. Cover and refrigerate the quiche until it is time to bake.

Want this to be vegetarian? Omit the bacon, and substitute ground turkey sausage with breakfast soy, tempeh, or veggie sausage.

Feel free to add vegetables to this quiche. Spinach or chopped asparagus work well in morning quiche!


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