Easy Quiche (Cheese Pie) Recipe

Quiche is a savory French tart consisting of a piecrust that is filled with cheese, meat, seafood or vegetables. In the US, this savory appetizer is referred to as Quiche.  Where I am from (Guyana) we refer to Quiche as Cheese Pies. It’s absolutely delicious! This Quiche recipe is very simple with just bell peppers but you can certainly add other fillings such as ham, bacon, crabmeat for a seafood quiche, spinach and cheddar cheese. The toppings are literally endless.

Quiche is truly a treat for the entire family; it’s a favorite in my household. The perfect Quiche has a flaky piecrust and the center is cheesy and soft. Each bite is a rich creamy cheesy goodness! If you want to prep your quiche the night before, you can do so by 1) prepping the pie crust the night before 2) whisk the filling the night before and chop up your all toppings. This process makes it so much easier for when you’re having guest over or prepping for an event.

Helpful Directions

  1. Using a food processor is certainly a VERY easy way to make the pie crust or any pastry dough but you can also use your hands as well
  2. If you’re using the food processor, after you have added water allow the food processor to spin your dough into a ball; this ensures that the fat is completely incorporated. If using your hands, just pat the dough into a ball
  3. I put my butter and shortening in the freezer for a few hours before making the pie crust; you want to ensure that your butter is VERY cold
  4. Roll your pastry dough out a bit thin because it will rise while in the oven
  5. Add a bit of flour to the pie crust before adding the filling so it doesn’t get soggy
  6. The peppers and scallions should be added last (on the top)
  7. I used a removable bottom 4 inch mini quiche Pan for this recipe

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • ½ cup Crisco shortening cut into cubes
  • 2 eggs yolk
  • ¼ cup VERY cold Ice water

Cheese Filling

  • 8 eggs
  • 1-cup evaporated milk
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp creole seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 finely grated garlic
  • ¼ red bell peppers
  • ¼ green bell peppers
  • 1 bulb of scallion (green onion)
  • ½ tsp Mustard
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1-cup Parmesan cheese (or any cheese you prefer), grated

Directions

Crust

  1. Add flour and salt to a food processor and pulse for 1 min to incorporate
  2. Add butter and shortening then allow to pulse until a coarse crumby mixture is formed
  3. Add 2 egg yolks then add ¼ cup of cold water then pulse until you form a ball
  4. Press the ball into a disk on a floured surface then wrap with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Place into the fridge for at least 1 hour

Filling

  1. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, garlic, onion powder, creole seasoning, black pepper, and mustard

Constructing your Quiche (Cheese Pie)

  1. Using a rolling pin, roll pastry dough very thin then cut a 6 inch circle using a cookie cutter or any equipment
  2. Place crust into pan then using your fingers press dough down onto the top edges of the pan to get rid of the excess dough
  3. Sprinkle a pinch of flour onto the top of the crust then add cheese. Add egg mixture then add peppers and scallions
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the remaining piecrust. Place pies into the fridge as you’re filling them up
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees then bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top filling becomes a bit brown.
  6. Allow to cool slightly then remove from pan, then serve!
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