Friday, 22 February 2013

Cheese and onion quiche

It is useful to have some stand-by recipes that aren't expensive and use ingredients already on hand. Cheese and onion quiche is exactly that and it is a "forgiving recipe" so many of the ingredients can be substituted.

The principle is that a pastry case is filled with onion, cheese and an egg custard and cooked.

Home made or shop brought short crust pastry rolled to fill a fluted dish 10" (25cm) in diameter.
2 medium brown onions
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cup of grated strong hard cheese (I usually use Cheddar but Parmesan is an excellent alternative)
3 large eggs
1/4pint (150ml) whole milk
Heaped tablespoon of yogurt
Ground pepper


Blind cook the pastry case for 15 minutes at 200oC (400F)
Lower the oven temperature to 180oC (350F)
Chop the onions.

Gently soften the onions in olive oil.
Fill the pastry case with onion

and then with cheese.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, yogurt and ground pepper using a fork. Pour over the onion and cheese.

Cook at 180oC/350F for 30 minutes until the top is set and golden.

Serve hot with baked potatoes and salad.
When cold, this makes excellent picnic food.
Serves 6

The variations are endless.

  • It isn't necessary to use a pastry base. Do grease the dish well if a pastry base isn't used. It isn't necessary to grease the dish if using a base.
  • Leeks/spring onions/red onions can be substituted for the onion.
  • Using bacon instead of cheese makes the traditional Quiche Lorraine.
  • Other chopped, cooked meat,  such as chicken or turkey, can be used for bacon. 
  • Flaked tuna or other fish can be used instead of cheese.
  • Single cream can be used for milk or more yogurt substituted for the milk.
  • Almost any hard cheese can be used although the more flavour it has the better.
  • Other vegetables can be substituted for one, or even two, of the onions, for example, tomatoes, courgettes or parboiled broccoli.

This is linked to the Schoolhouse Crew Blog Cruise and Try a new recipe Tuesday.



  1. This looks so tasty! I'm naff in the kitchen (I try really hard- I'm just not that good!), but this looks like something even I could achieve! Sarah, in a couple of weeks I'll be doing a post about some changes happening in our science homeschool. Given you were one of a few blogs who were impetus for that change, would you mind if I linked back to your 'casual science' post (loved that one!)?

    1. Of course you can link back, glad you enjoyed that post.

  2. I love quiche but my two children hate it so I don't make it very often:(. This looks like a great recipe and I know I would love it:)

  3. This sounds amazing. Thanks for posting this up. Something different to try as well.