I love Quiche! But occasionally there are a few folks (OK, guys mainly) who cower in fear when the Q Word is spoken.
Recently I made a dozen quiches that were served for a church breakfast. Why not, they are inexpensive to make (less than $8 each if you buy bacon and cheese when they are on sale). They are about as easy to make as you can imagine... With the exception of scratch making your pie crust. BUT, if you click the blue letters to follow the link, I go into great detail (with a photo essay as well) on how to make a butter crust that is PERFECT and easy to do EVERY TIME! You betcha, EVERY TIME, really.
Once you have tackled the crust issue (really, easy, really)... the rest is very very simple. Grate cheese, brown bacon, whisk eggs and milk and bake. It's about as easy as it gets.
As to the name... I have made this before for the church. Always well received but rarely the bell of the ball that I know it deserved to be. I watch the ladies of the church enjoy, while the men moved on to other things.
A simple sign reading, "BACON CHEESECAKE", and suddenly men were fighting for the chance to be a part of the fun. And glad they were. All gone!
BACON CHEESECAKE PIE (Shhh... It's a
- 2 - Nine Inch Pie Crust (Scratch made or store bought)
- 1 Pound Thick Slice Bacon, sliced into 1 inch pieces and fried
- 4 Cups (2 - 8 Ounce Bricks) Gruyere Cheese (buy the brick cheese and fresh grate)
- 6 Cups Half and Half
- 1 tsp Salt
- 10 Large Eggs, slightly beaten
- Prepare your ingredients, Par-Bake your pie shell (400 degrees for about 8 -10 minutes until it just starts to brown. This is important to avoid a soggy crust). Fry the bacon (easier to fry after you slice the raw bacon into pieces). In a large bowl, break all the eggs and whip slightly. Grate the cheese.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Add the Half and Half and salt to the beaten eggs and whip until smooth and evenly colored, thoroughly mixed.
- Line the bottom of each pie shell with the grated cheese, evenly divided.
- Top this cheese with the bacon, again evenly divided.
- Add the milky egg mix on top of the cheesy bacon to the top of the pie shell.
- Move to the oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the top just starts to brown.
- Quiche can be served warm (allow it to rest for 30 minutes before slicing), room temperature (perfect for a brunch buffet) or chilled from the fridge.
- If you want to freeze one and serve one, Freezing instructions... Chill for several hours in the refrigerator. Wrap TIGHTLY with cling wrap, then with aluminum foil. Date and freeze for no more than 60 days. When reheating, thaw first, then reheat in the oven, NEVER the microwave (or crust will get soggy). 450 for 20-30 minutes.
- And tell the quiche-phobic that you are serving BACON CHEESECAKE and ENJOY!
A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...
Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,
"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church. Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy
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