The Secret to My Quiche

One of the dishes I made for our Thanksgiving brunch is ham and Swiss cheese quiche.

Ham and Swiss Quiche
Ham and Swiss Quiche

I started by slicing yellow onions and sautéing them slowly in butter/olive oil in a pan until they were golden brown. (For the party I did this step the day before.) I also lined pie plates with crust dough in advance so I could just fill them in the morning.

Charlie peeled the onions and I sliced them in the food processor with the 2m slicing blade.
Charlie peeled the onions and I sliced them in the food processor with the 2m slicing blade.

To assemble the quiche I covered the bottom of the uncooked pie crust with a layer of the caramelized sliced onions. (This step is my secret weapon and works for any savory quiche.)

Then I dotted the onions with a layer of Swiss cheese, then ham, then more cheese.

Ham and cheese layered on the onions.
Ham and cheese layered on the onions.

At a ratio 1 large egg per quarter cup of half and half (or milk or cream) I mixed together the custard and poured it over the solid ingredients.

Egg and cream mixture fills the pie shells.
Egg and cream mixture fills the pie shells.

I baked the quiches at 325 degrees until they looked done. (I know that comment is not helpful but I lost track of time and knew the custard was set when the tops were golden brown.)

Ham and cheese quiche
Ham and cheese quiche

These quiches were a big hit.  In addition to a layer of well-cooked onions on the bottom I can also recommend a Pillsbury Ready-made Pie Crusts from the grocery dairy case.  For the pies above I used Trader Joe’s Frozen Pie Crusts which, to my mind, weren’t as good as the Pillsbury.

Do you have a recipe with a secret ingredient?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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