The Perfect Breakfast – Quiche

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Quiche is an open flan typically associated with French cuisine, but it is also enjoyed around the world in a variety of forms. It uses a base consisting of pastry crust, typically filled with eggs, and then a variety of vegetables, meat, and cheese. But, a new type of quiche that fuses classic French cuisine with modern breakfast recipes has recently taken off and here at NetCost Market, we’re going to show you why quiche really does make the perfect breakfast! Like all great breakfast meals, breakfast quiche can be enjoyed warm or cold, meaning it’s perfect for either an extravagant Sunday brunch or a quick on-the-go morning meal! Here are some great recipes to get you up-to-date with the breakfast quiche craze.

Bacon, cheese and leek breakfast quiche

This breakfast quiche fuses a standard American breakfast with a traditional quiche recipe. It’s succulent and filling – a great start to any day!

You will need: 9 inches of homemade or store-bought deep dish uncooked pie crust, ½ pound of maple cured bacon – cut into lardons, 2 leeks – thinly sliced, ½ cup heavy cream, ½ cup whole milk, 6 eggs, pinch of sea salt, pinch of black pepper, pinch of dried thyme, 4 ounces of shredded American cheddar.

How to make:

  1. Set the oven to 375F and bake the pie crust in an 8-inch pie dish for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove it and set aside, leaving the oven on.
  3. While the crust is baking, cook bacon and leeks in a large skillet until the bacon becomes crisp. Set this aside.
  4. Whisk together cream, milk, eggs, salt, pepper, and thyme until a smooth mixture is formed, and mix this thoroughly with the bacon and leeks.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake the whole thing for 40 minutes until the center is set.
  6. This can be served straight from the oven or at room temperature at a later date!

Simple yet delicious broccoli and cheese quiche

There’s something about broccoli and cheese that just seems to be a match made in heaven, and this recipe brings that all together in a delicious breakfast quiche. This is a brilliant option for vegetarians, but there’s no doubt that everyone will want a piece!

You will need: 9 inches of homemade or store-bought deep dish uncooked pie crust, 2 tbsp butter, 1 onion – diced, 1 tsp minced garlic, 2 cups chopped fresh broccoli, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese, 4 eggs – well whisked, 1 ½ cups milk, pinch of salt, pinch of pepper, 1 tablespoon melted butter.

How to make:

  1. Put your pie crust in a pie dish.
  2. Get your oven preheated to 350F, and meanwhile melt butter in a saucepan over a medium heat.
  3. Add onions, garlic, and broccoli and cook slowly until the vegetables are soft.
  4. Spoon these vegetables into the pie crust and then sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.
  5. Mix together eggs, milk, salt and pepper, and stir in the melted butter. Pour this over the vegetable mix in the pie crust.
  6. Sprinkle the quiche with parmesan cheese and bake for 30 to 50 minutes, checking to make sure the center is set!

Puff pastry mini quiches with asparagus and bacon (makes 4)

It’s hard to get away from bacon when you’re combining breakfast and quiches, so we’ve decided to indulge ourselves with another recipe that makes the most of another dream partnership – bacon and asparagus!

You will need: 8 strips of sweet American breakfast bacon – cut to 1 inch pieces, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 bunch of asparagus, pinch salt, ground black pepper, 6 eggs, 1 cup heavy cream, 2 tbsp chopped chives, 1 sheet of thawed puff pastry (kept in the refrigerator).

How to make:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Get your bacon very crispy by baking, frying or microwaving it.
  3. Fry the asparagus in olive oil in a skillet until tender, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. While this is cooking, mix eggs, cream, salt, pepper and chives in a bowl.
  5. Place the puff pastry on a floured surface and smooth the creases out. Roll it to a ¼ inch thickness.
  6. Cut into 4 squares and put each one in a medium-sized ramekin or small cast-iron skillet.
  7. Divide the egg mixture into each, and then layer with bacon and asparagus.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and the mixture is set!

Quiche is making a comeback, but this time it’s as a breakfast option! Head down to NetCost Market to grab great deals on the freshest produce around and get creative with your own special breakfast quiches today!