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Broccoli Garlic Quiche

Broccoli Garlic Quiche

Kumquats. Quiche. Quinoa. Quesadillas. Is the letter Q staging an uprising? All we need is some quince and we’d have it covered. Because I don’t think there are any other Q foods. That I can think of at least.

Quiche is one of those foods that gets a bad wrap. When I think of quiche, I think of finicky formal breakfast food. Too fancy for a normal meal. Something that needs white gloves and a mimosa on the side.

But if you really think about it, quiche is just a creamy fritatta. An omlette in a pie crust. And when you think of it that way, it doesn’t seem so ridiculous to eat it on a tuesday night.

Especially if the quiche is dotted with chunks of garlicky broccoli and swirled with rich cheddar and parmesan cheese. With tasty filling like that it won’t even matter if you burn your store bought crust, it’d be good regardless.

And finally, completely unrelated to quiche, but entirely related to cute cats (which I’ve been told I don’t post nearly enough of)…


And with that… have a happy Easter, happy Earth Day, and an all-around wonderful weekend!

Broccoli Garlic Quiche

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1 9-inch pie crust (use your favorite recipe or buy one premade)

10 ounces bite sized broccoli florets
2 large garlic cloves
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
5 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, coarsely grated (2 cups)
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 13-inch round. Fit dough into a 9-inch pie plate, letting excess hang over edge. Fold overhang inward and press against side of pie plate to reinforce edge. Prick bottom all over with a fork. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

Line pie shell with foil and fill with pie weights. Bake until pastry is set and edge is pale golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Carefully remove foil and weights, then bake shell until deep golden all over, 15 to 20 minutes more. Put pie plate in a 4-sided sheet pan. Leave oven on.

While shell bakes, cook broccoli in a 3-quart pot of boiling salted water 4 minutes. Drain broccoli and rinse under cold water to stop cooking, then pat dry.

Mince and mash garlic to a paste with a generous pinch of salt.

Whisk together garlic paste, eggs, half-and-half, nutmeg, cayenne, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl until smooth.

Pour filling into pie shell and add broccoli, then sprinkle with cheeses.

Bake quiche until custard is just set, 45 to 50 minutes. (Center will tremble slightly; filling will continue to set as it cools.) Cool at least 20 minutes.

Serve quiche warm or at room temperature.

Recipe from Epicurious.

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  1. Just discovered your blog and it’s fantastic. This quiche and the photo looks good enough to eat right off the screen.

  2. I love quiche, but I’m always wary of the versions packed with veggies because I know they’ll end up watery. This recipe looks like it has the perfect amount of broccoli! Must make!

  3. Looks yummy! I love how you can mix anything into eggs and it always seems to taste and look beautiful.

  4. I want to literally dive right in with not a spoon, but a shovel, this looks absolutely toothsome!

  5. Aw man, what’s for dinner tongiht? That looks like it was yummy!!!

  6. My favorite flavors all combined. Looking like a Mother’s Day brunch hopeful! Thank you for sharing.

  7. I have to say that quiche has always been “good” in my good/bad divisions of food (which is very strict). As I’m not a cheddar fan, any ideas for alternatives?

  8. Oh wow this looks really yummy

  9. just tossed some leftover broccoli, bummer! will have to save this for next time. looks fabulous.

  10. I love this quiche recipe! Making a quiche for dinner is actually something I like to do often…so I’m glad I have a new recipe to try out. Thanks :)

  11. Quail! You forgot quail.

  12. your crust looks amazing! i love the fillings too – classic favorites. happy easter!

  13. I made mini quiches for my wee toddler today and they didn’t look half as good as this. Just gorgeous!!

  14. Love the adorable cat pics. I have three- right now they’re all curled up together, which is rare and oh so cute.

  15. Quiche and cats, I like both.


  16. You had me convinced at the garlicky broccoli part. This looks wonderful!

  17. Wow, this looks fantastic! and your cats are absolutely adorable.

  18. This quiche looks absolutely delicious! And gorgeous to boot!

  19. Good looking quiche. I agree, it’s not that different than a fritatta which is a standard weeknight meal for us (Canadian bacon and spinach as fillers).

    Don’t forget to steam up some quohogs. Reqatch “White Men Can’t Jump”, Rosie Perez has a “foods that start with the letter ‘q’ talent” that pans out for her.

    Tonic water has quinine in it (a bit of a stretch?).

  20. Cute cats! Yummy quiche! Joy to see!

  21. This does look good, I just made some crustless mini quiches w/ broccoli n cheddar. But… I’m ready for one with a crust now. I’m lovin’ your “Q” foods. ;)

  22. It looks very yummy!

  23. I adore quiche and love the idea of a broccoli garlic version – superb. Love your kitties – I photograph mine every day and am sure they are the most photographed cat-children in the world.
    :-) Mandy

  24. I adore quiche and this one looks like a real winner – I can’t wait to give it a try.

    Thank you for the lovely post!

    Will you be making quail with queso next? :)

  25. Happy Easter! This would make a great addition to an Easter brunch spread!

  26. Very pretty quiche and photography as well.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Lindsay!

  27. Your cats are adorable. I’ve been begging my boyfriend for a cat for months, but he refuses until I let him get an English bulldog (blech!). More importantly, this quiche looks absolutely delicious. And will be the perfect meal to tide over some hungry soccer players tomorrow!

  28. Garlicky Broccoli? PERFECT pairing with eggs. Thanks for sharing. This sounds delicious.

  29. Looks absolutely delicious and would be perfect for Easter brunch!
    Love the kitties too!

  30. So pretty! Pinning it. Your kitties are so cute! Can’t wait/hope to meet them! :)

  31. Looks delish! Was just thinking about making a quiche to use up a frozen pie crust I’ve had int he freezer for a while. This one looks delicious!

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