Coral Memories Recipe: Quiche Lorraine Recipe | Author Jan Moran
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Coral Memories Recipe: Quiche Lorraine Recipe

In Coral Memories, Marina makes dinner quiche for her family, adding soup, a green salad, and sweet potato fries. Easy yet elegant in its rich simplicity, a quiche Lorraine is elevated comfort food. Prepare it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner—make it ahead or serve it from the oven.

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Quiche Lorraine is a light, flavorful dish I often enjoy in the summer. The custard consistency is satisfying but not heavy, so you can enjoy a walk or a swim afterward. If you’re looking for low-carb keto meals, this recipe can be prepared without crust.

For a shortcut, use a ready-made pie crust or puff pastry sheets. If using puff pastry, simply lay it with the parchment paper side down in the pan and pinch sides to adhere. Don’t trim the paper; this will help you lift it out of the mold after baking (let it cool a little to firm up).

The classic quiche Lorraine uses smoked bacon instead of fried bacon. Depending on what is available, use either smoked or fried bacon. If you prefer a lighter dish, use whole milk instead of heavy cream.

Quiche Lorraine originated in the Lorraine region of northeastern France centuries ago. This savory tart evolved from humble roots to culinary icon status. Initially, the quiche was a simple creation of leftover bread dough, eggs, and cream. Over time, smoked lardons (smoked bacon bits) were added, resulting in the rich, flavorful dish we know today.

Extras: The traditional French quiche Lorraine is made without cheese, but if you want to experiment with different quiche flavors, see below for variations to this recipe (just don’t call it quiche Lorraine). Popular cheese additions are Gruyère, Emmenthal, or Parmesan. Add 1/2 cup grated cheese to the egg mixture (or to taste). If you would like to add chopped onions, sauté before adding to the mixture (for example, with bacon, if uncooked).

 

Ingredients:

 

For the pastry:

– 1 1/4 cups (150g) all-purpose flour

– Pinch of kosher salt

– 4 oz. (1 stick) 8 tablespoons (100g) cold unsalted butter, diced

– 2-3 tablespoons ice water (more as needed)

 

For the filling:

– 1/2 cup or 4 oz (100g) smoked bacon bits (about 3 strips diced bacon, or lardons)

– 4 large eggs

– 1 cup (200g) heavy cream (or whole milk or half-and-half)

– Pinch of kosher salt

– Pinch of white pepper

– Pinch of nutmeg

 

Instructions:

Pastry Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). For the pastry, mix flour and salt in a bowl. Cut in cold butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough comes together. Form into a disk, wrap in plastic, and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Roll out dough and drape it into a 9-inch (23cm) tart pan, mold with high sides, or pie pan. Prick bottom with a fork and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Add pie weights and bake for 10 minutes. Remove weights. Bake for 5 more minutes until lightly golden.

 

Filling Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Sprinkle smoked bacon over the pastry. (If using uncooked bacon or lardons, sauté first in a skillet. Drain on paper towels.)
  2. Whisk together eggs, cream, pepper, salt, and nutmeg. Salt is not necessary if using smoked bacon. If adding cheese (or other ingredient variations), add it to this mixture.
  3. Pour the egg mixture over the bacon in the tart pan.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and set. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

 

Enjoy a slice of this creamy, savory quiche with a crisp green salad as they do in Lorraine. Bon appétit!

 

Quiche Variations

There are several delicious variations on quiche. These variations use the basic egg and cream custard base while offering different flavor profiles and ingredients to suit various tastes and dietary preferences. Add ingredients to taste.

Cheese Quiche:  Add 1/2 cup or 3 oz. (100g) grated Gruyère, Emmental, or Parmesan cheese

Caramelized Onion Quiche: Add caramelized onions for a sweeter flavor.

Salmon Quiche: Add smoked salmon instead of bacon.

Vegetarian Quiche: Replace bacon with sautéed vegetables like spinach, mushrooms, or bell peppers.

Florentine Quiche: Add spinach to the traditional recipe.

Provençale Quiche: Include cherry tomatoes, zucchini, mushroom, asparagus, or eggplant.

Ham and Cheese Quiche: Substitute ham for bacon and add Swiss or other cheese.

Broccoli and Cheddar: A popular American variation.

Crustless Quiche: For a low-carb solution, make the quiche without the pastry crust.

 

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