This easy and delicious broccoli bacon quiche is a quick way to up your brunch game! It's made with a premade pie crust (which no one needs to know) and it has a creamy filling loaded with bacon, broccoli, and cheese. It makes the perfect meal for any time of the day!
Quiche is often the over-looked, ugly stepsister menu item at many brunch gatherings. While a picture of quiche might not get you as many Instagram likes as your avocado toast does, it still deserves all the love and attention1
I don't remember growing up eating quiche, ever (correct me if I'm wrong mom). Which kinda sucks, because quiche quite frankly ROCKS. I know some people have a weird thing about eggs and think that the idea of a quiche is gross, but I am here to try and persuade you otherwise.
Quiche is the perfect combination of eggs, cream, veggies, meat and the sweetness from the crust pie crust just seals the deal. They're not only delicious for brunch and breakfast, but they are great literally any time of the day. Quiche for lunch? Yes, please. For dinner? 100%. To bring to a potluck? Sure! How about your sister's bridal shower? You bet.
What is a Quiche?
Quiche is a savory, baked custard or pie, made with eggs and cream or milk. Basically it's an "egg pie"- but tbh that sounds weird and unappetizing so don't think about it that way.
There are many different types of quiche, Lorraine quiche being one of the most popular (mixture of cheese and bacon). By mixing up the fillings – meats, cheeses, seafood, or veggies, you can make a delicious quiche filled with things you love! That's the cool thing about them, they are very versatile.
Also just to note- Quiche is not a frittata with crust. Frittatas are solid and sturdy, while quiche is tender and melts in your mouth. They are very different!
Ingredients needed to make Broccoli Bacon Quiche:
- pie crust
- shredded cheddar cheese
Many quiche recipes call for homemade pie crusts but if you're typically a busy human like me, you might not have time to make your own crust the day before. Store-bought crust works perfectly fine for this recipe, but if you feel compelled to make your own, go for it!
Some recipes call for pre-baking (otherwise known as "blind baking") your pie crust before you add the egg/toppings mixture. While this step does ensure you get a nice, crispy crust, it also requires more time and you have to use pie weights to bake it. I have found my quiches turn out perfectly fine without blind baking the crust. Here is a link to the pie plate I have, but you can use any 9-inch pie plate you have!
Give this easy broccoli & bacon quiche a go and enjoy with friends...or totally by yourself, no judgment here!
After you make yourself some quiche for brunch (or lunch or dinner or whenever), follow it up with some dessert- my chocolate chunk cookies sound great 🙂
Broccoli Bacon Quiche Recipe
- 1 frozen store-bought pie crust, defrosted
- 1½ cups broccoli, chopped
- 6 slices of bacon, chopped
- 6 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400°. Coat a 9-inch pie dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
- In a large skillet, cook the chopped bacon until crisp. Remove and let cool on a paper towel. In the same skillet, add broccoli and cook until over medium heat until broccoli begins to soften (about 5-10 minutes). Set aside to cool.
- Carefully unroll the defrosted pre-made pie crust and place it in the pie pan. Crimp the edges around the pie plate.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper until well combined.
- Sprinkle the chopped bacon, broccoli, and ½ cup of cheese on the bottom of the pie crust. Then pour egg mixture over top. Finish with the other ½ cup of cheddar cheese.
- Place in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the center is set and no longer wiggly & the eggs are cooked through. Don't overcook it! (see note below about crust burning!!!)
- Let cool for 15 minutes before slicing, or refrigerate for up to 5 days and enjoy later!
- If your crust starts to brown in the oven (mine did about 15 minutes in) place tinfoil around the edges of your pie plate to protect the crust from burning.
- Freeze Instructions: After baking, let the quiche cool completely and cover tightly with aluminum foil. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge or on the counter and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
- Don't eat meat? You can omit the bacon all together or swap for your favorite meat-free version.