Quiche is one of the most versatile dishes out there. It’s perfect for feeding breakfast or brunch to a crowd, enjoying as a snack or appetizer, or whipping up for a potluck or even dinner! It’s filling and nutritious and can be made with just about any ingredients you have on hand. All quiches are made with the same basic components: a flaky pie crust and a rich, fluffy custard. We’ll start with the exact steps and tips for making these two components, then share 16 different quiche recipes with their own variations and filling ideas. From classic bacon and cheese quiches to vegetarian and vegan options, there’s something for everyone.
Quiche Lorraine is the original quiche. The dish was invented in present-day northeastern France, though throughout history, the land went back and forth between belonging to France and Germany. Under French rule, the region was named Lorraine, while the word “quiche” is thought to come from the German word for “cake,” kuchen.
The original quiche Lorraine was made with a bread dough base, an egg and cream custard, and smoked bacon. Today, it’s most often made with a flaky pie crust and comes with a wide variety of fillings. This particular recipe calls for bacon, caramelized onions, and sharp shredded cheese.
This simple quiche features ham and cheese as the star ingredients. If you’ve got leftovers from a holiday feast, use them to make a filling breakfast or brunch the next day.
This recipe has instructions for making pie crust from scratch, but you can use store-bought crust if you’re short on time. When your crust is done pre-baking, fill it with ham diced into ¼ inch cubes, chopped green onions, and shredded cheddar cheese. Pour the custard mixture on top and bake for 45-50 minutes.
In French cooking, any dish with “à la Florentine” in the title is prepared in the style of Florence, Italy—i.e., featuring loads of cooked spinach (think Eggs Florentine, which is really just Eggs Benedicts with spinach in place of ham).
In addition to spinach, this quiche Florentine recipe calls for chopped shallots and a generous serving of shredded gruyère cheese. The result is an irresistible melt-in-your-mouth quiche that’s perfect for any time of the day.
The original quiche was made with bacon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a vegetarian version. This all-vegetable quiche features mushrooms, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and red onions. If you have other vegetables that you need to use up, feel free to add them in—you really can’t go wrong with this. Whichever vegetables you choose, it’s not a bad idea to sauté them briefly in a skillet first. Otherwise, they may not cook all the way through inside the custard.
If you’re following a vegan diet, you probably never thought of making quiche. After all, even meat-free versions are still full of butter, cream, eggs, and cheese. The good news is, you can easily make a vegan version that’s just as delicious.
This vegan, gluten-free pumpkin quiche recipe will have you convinced. The custard is made with pumpkin puree and dairy-free milk and thickened with gluten-free flour. The quiche is full of flavor, thanks to the spinach, caramelized red onions, tomatoes, and lots of aromatic herbs and spices.
Even your non-vegan friends will approve!
This simple quiche recipe is quite close to the original Quiche Lorraine. It features crumbled bacon strips and not one but three types of cheese—shredded cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan. Of course, you can play around with the type of meat you add—why not try sausage, for example—and swap some of the cheeses for your favorite varieties. Fluffy, cheesy, and savory, this classic quiche never disappoints.
If you’re a fan of French onion soup, you’ll love this caramelized onion quiche. It features two simple fillings: caramelized onions and shredded gruyère cheese. The recipe takes some time—the onions alone need to caramelize for at least 40 minutes—but it’s absolutely worth the wait. Add in fresh herbs like thyme, sage, and nutmeg, and you’ve got yourself a mouthwatering French onion quiche.
This quiche features just two simple fillings—broccoli and shredded sharp cheddar cheese. The best part is, none of the fillings need to be precooked before going into the quiche. Simply chop fresh broccoli into small florets, and it’s ready to go. It’s truly one of the simplest and fastest quiches you can make.
You can also feel free to play around with the type of cheese you use—why not make a broccoli and brie quiche, for example?
Speaking of brie, it’s one of the best cheeses to add to your quiche because it brings a soft, creamy texture and a distinct bold flavor. This particular recipe pairs it with caramelized mushrooms and fresh herbs for an irresistibly smooth and flavorful quiche. Caramelizing the mushrooms not only brings out their flavor but also helps them release moisture—you don’t want that happening inside the custard, or you’ll end up with a soggy quiche.
Another cheese that works beautifully in quiche is goat cheese. Drop small chunks of it into your quiche for a rich, creamy, and tangy surprise nestled in the custard. In this recipe, you’ll combine goat cheese with sautéd spinach, caramelized onions, and roasted red peppers. These ingredients complement each other perfectly and form a quiche that bursts with flavor in every bite.
This Mediterranean-inspired quiche is perfect for summer months. It features fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, paprika, thyme, and herbs de Provence. This particular recipe is vegetarian and dairy-free—it calls for non-dairy milk and cream and dairy-free pie crust and uses nutritional yeast flakes to give the quiche a bit of a cheesy flavor. If you’re not dairy-free, feel free to use dairy products and add in your favorite cheese.
Here is another quiche loaded with tomatoes and basil. It’s inspired by Caprese salad—a simple Italian salad made with tomatoes, sweet basil, and fresh mozzarella. While fresh mozzarella isn’t recommended in this quiche—it’s a little too watery and adds too much moisture to the custard—a combination of grated mozzarella and parmesan cheese works perfectly. Add in some minced garlic and other seasonings for a delicious Italian-inspired quiche.
If you love pizza, you’ll love pizza quiche, featuring classic pizza flavors like tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. You can even bake the quiche in a more shallow tart pan and serve it like a pizza. Use your favorite pizza toppings like pepperoni, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and olives. Or why not add pineapples and ham and make a Hawaiian pizza quiche?
Do you like your quiche a little spicy? This recipe is for you. It calls for green chiles, black olives, grated sharp cheddar cheese, and chopped chives. Feel free to add other fillings like red kidney beans, red bell peppers, and Monterey Jack cheese for a truly Tex-Mex-inspired quiche.
Wondering what to do with that leftover chicken? Throw it into a quiche! This recipe starts with a tablespoon of cream cheese spread onto the pre-baked crust—yum! Next, you’ll lay down a layer of sliced tomatoes and fill the crust with cooked chicken, spinach, and capers, before pouring in the custard mixture. Feel free to swap the chicken for leftover turkey for the perfect post-Thanksgiving breakfast dish.
Tender asparagus, chopped ham, and nutty gruyère cheese are the star ingredients in this quiche. Start by sautéing chopped asparagus in a bit of butter. Next, grate the cheese and chop the ham. Layer the ingredients one by one into the pre-baked crust, starting with the cheese and ending with the asparagus. Pour in the custard and bake, then serve with a salad or slices of French baguette.
Or should we say which ones? With so many quiche recipes to choose from, you can’t possibly pick just one. Try your favorite quiches for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Make them ahead of time and freeze them for a busy day. Experiment with the meats, veggies, and cheeses—you never know, you may just invent the world’s new favorite quiche recipe!
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