“Scrambling” to come up with a quiche idea.
I’ve got this brunch to do on Friday, and quiche is on the menu. My first choice of flavor combinations is Spanish chorizo and roasted poblano peppers with manchego cheese. Well, as it usually goes, the client says “no chorizo-don’t like chorizo”. I’m pretty sure she’s thinking of the Mexican chorizo, not the kind of chorizo from Spain that’s more like a hard salami, but a chicken sausage quiche was requested instead. This changes everything. Time to see what I’m made of.
In search of the perfect chicken sausage.
I go to every natural grocery store within a 10 mile radius to check out the different choices of chicken sausage. This will determine what direction it goes from here. I snap pictures of all the different choices so I can review them at home and see what pops into my head.
Two days later, I make another Costco run to see if I can find Iberico ham, and to pick up some kitchen supplies for another client. No Iberico ham anywhere in sight, but a vision of the quiche finally presents itself. It’s going to be a smoked chicken apple sausage! Now I need a cheese that will pair well with that. I’m thinking Dubliner because it’s sharp, nutty, slightly sweet, with these little crunchy bits throughout. But today they don’t have it.
Coastal Cheddar Cheese at Costco.
I turn around in bewilderment. That’s when I see it. Coastal Cheddar. I knew it was the one. It was calling me. I read the description and it’s perfect-in theory. So I decide to tie it all together with red peppers and caramelized onions.
I don’t know yet how the quiche will turn out, but this cheese is it. It’s wonderful on its own but I am thinking it is definitely the right choice to pair with this sausage. It comes from the southern coast of England from cows raised on beautiful, lush, rolling green hilly pastures, or at least that’s what the website says. Next time you’re at Costco, look for Coastal Cheddar Cheese by Ford Farms from England. Pick some up and let me know what you think.
- 2-4 cups filling ingredients
- 2-4 cups (3 oz - 6 oz) grated cheese
- 8 large eggs
- 4 large egg yolks
- 2 cup (8 oz) cream
- salt & pepper
- pinch of nutmeg
- butter for pan
- ghee or oil for sautéed veggies
- Prepare the Filling: Make sure all ingredients are cooked through and fairly dry. (Ie, if using, make sure spinach has wilted and that cooked mushrooms have released all their moisture.)
- Heat the oven to 350°F.
- Butter the pans including up the sides. Sprinkle half the cheese over the bottom of the pans and top with the fillings.
- Prepare the Custard Filling: Whisk together the eggs, cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg until frothy and well mixed. Pour the custard into the pie pan. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over top.
- Bake the quiche at 350°F for 30-45 minutes, or until the edges are set but the quiche still jiggles a tiny bit in the center. Cool for at least 20 minutes as the pie will continue to set during this time.
- Quiche can be served cold, room temperature, or warmed. If serving warm, heat in a 300°F oven until just warm to the touch.
• Smoked chicken apple sausage, Coastal Cheddar, Red Bell Pepper, Sweet Onion
• Chorizo, peppers, onions and manchego
• Quiche Lorraine: 6-8 slices chopped bacon, 1 diced yellow onion, 1 cup gruyere cheese
• Mushroom Quiche: 16 oz mushrooms, ½ diced yellow onion, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1½ teaspoons thyme, 2 cups gruyere cheese
• Ham and Asparagus Quiche: ½ diced yellow onion, ½ pound chopped asparagus, 1 diced ham steak, 2 cups swiss cheese.
9-inch cake or pie pan - straight-sided is traditional, but a pan with sloped sides works fine
Whisk or stand mixer
For a lighter version, you can substitute milk or half & half for part of the cream and it will still work. You may have to cook it slightly longer to set.
This recipe will make two thinner 9 inch quiches or one thick one. Watch the cooking times depending on how thick it is.
The quiche turned out amazing. My clients loved it. And they loved the Coastal Cheddar. They were nibbling on it with their sangria while we prepared the quiche and wanted to know all about it.