A Mother's Day Brunch: Classic Quiche Lorraine

Mother's Day is the time to celebrate mothers and to make sure that the mothers in your life know how much they're appreciated; and what better way to do that than a nice surprise brunch?

Before you go racing away in terror at the prospect of cooking for your mother, wife, sister or daughter, know that there are some very simple options that yield excellent results. Quiche is a long-standing favorite because it seems like it should have taken a lot of effort for such a delicious, flavorful dish, when in fact there are few simpler recipes.

How to make a classic quiche Lorraine

Start with a baked premade pastry shell or individual tart shells. Cover the bottom of the pastry shell with shredded or thinly-sliced Swiss cheese. Crisp several strips of bacon, crumble and add to the pastry shell to form the second layer. Sprinkle finely diced sautéed onions over the bacon and cheese to suit your tastes. Beat eggs (three is usually sufficient) with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 11/2 cups of milk. Pour over the other ingredients until it reaches the rim of the pie pan (approximately 1/4 inch below the rim of the shell). Bake at 325 degrees for about 35-40 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes and then serve.

Variations on quiche Lorraine

For added flavor, add a little dill weed, black pepper or any other choice spices to the egg mixture. Sauté a little fresh garlic with the onions, or leave the onions fresh when adding to the mixture for a little extra bite. If the mother in your life prefers a dish with lower calories and cholesterol, consider making the quiche with egg whites only, skim or reduced-fat milk and substitute turkey bacon for traditional pork bacon. Quiche can be made with unlimited variations, so this basic recipe can be modified to make it truly unique to the tastes of the special lady for whom you're making this Mother's Day brunch.

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