Grueyere Garden Quiche

Quiche is one of those things that makes you feel elegant..at least it does for me. Sure, the ingredients are inexpensive. But every time I’ve had quiche, it was either at a classy champagne brunch, bridal shower or some other sophisticated occasion.  Today I’m enjoying it on the couch in my modest apartment, with no makeup, no bra, no fancy ensemble–just a coffee cup filled with champagne and the latest episode of Ray Donovan.

Many of you have probably had this French cuisine before, as it is well-liked in the states and offered in a variety of ways. But in a nutshell, think omelette. Eggs, cream, veggies, herbs, bacon,  shrimp, ham, cheese (pretty much whatever you want) poured into a pie crust and baked to creamy-fluffy-cheesy-flaky perfection. I decided to devote this particular recipe to my vegetarian foodies. But if you (like me) aren’t one then please feel free to add some cooked shrimp, lobster meat, bacon, or chopped ham. You’ll notice in the pictures, that I actually topped this vegetarian quiche with some sauteed lump crab meat. Lord almighty.

If you want to opt out of using pie crust, you can. I actually poured some of the egg mixture into a greased muffin pan (see picture). Which is really a great idea for brunch parties because they are easy to grab with a napkin–especially if you are expecting a lot of guests. You could also pour the mixture into a small baking dish, and allow everyone to slice out their individually desired portion. I personally think the pie crust is a must-have because I really enjoy those flaky and buttery bites when I’m eating quiche. IMG_4496 IMG_4485

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Last but not least……pop open a nice cold bottle of champagne. Just because.

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