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Broccoli and Cheese Quiche

Introduction:

Embark on a culinary journey with our Broccoli & Cheese Quiche, where every bite is a medley of wholesome broccoli, creamy cheese, and the buttery embrace of a perfectly baked crust. This classic dish effortlessly marries simplicity with sophistication, making it an ideal centerpiece for brunch or a delightful family dinner. Get ready to savor the richness of flavors in every slice!

Why We Love This Recipe:

✔️ Versatile Comfort: A balance of comfort food and gourmet appeal. ✔️ Cheesy Goodness: Melted cheese binds together with broccoli for a delectable filling. ✔️ Flaky Perfection: The golden crust adds a delightful crunch to every bite.

Ingredients:

For the Pie Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

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For the Quiche Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets, blanched and chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of nutmeg (optional)

Instructions:

For the Pie Crust:

  1. In a food processor, pulse flour and salt. Add cold, cubed butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Gradually add ice water and pulse until the dough comes together. Form into a disc, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface, then gently press into a 9-inch pie dish. Trim excess and crimp the edges. Refrigerate while preparing the filling.

For the Quiche Filling:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a bowl, whisk together milk, heavy cream, eggs, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  3. Sprinkle the chopped broccoli, cheddar cheese, and Swiss cheese evenly over the pie crust.
  4. Pour the egg mixture over the broccoli and cheese.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until the center is set and the top is golden brown.
  6. Allow the quiche to cool for a few minutes before slicing.

Notes:

  • Customize with your favorite cheeses, add bacon, or incorporate sautéed onions for extra flavor.
  • Blind bake the pie crust for a few minutes before adding the filling to ensure a crisp bottom.

FAQs:

Q: Can I use frozen broccoli?

A: Thaw and drain frozen broccoli before using it to prevent excess moisture in the quiche.

Q: Can I make this ahead of time?

A: Absolutely! Bake and refrigerate, then reheat slices as needed.

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