Julia Child’s Quiche

Julia Child’s Quiche – easy bacon and Swiss quiche recipe. Bacon, swiss, eggs, heavy cream, salt, pepper, and pie crust. Seriously the most amazing quiche recipe EVER!!! Can make ahead and freeze for later. Great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is our go-to recipe! #freezermeal #quiche

Julia Child's Quiche - easy bacon and swiss quiche recipe. Bacon, swiss, eggs, heavy cream, salt, pepper and pie crust. Seriously the most amazing quiche recipe EVER!!! Can make ahead and freeze for later.

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Easy Quiche Recipe with Bacon

On the plane ride to and from Vegas, I read My Life in France by Julia Child. We saw the movie Julie and Julia and I was very interested in learning more about Julia Child’s life. The book was great. It was different from the movie and had many more details. I was inspired to finally try some of the recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I chose the quiche as my first test. The quiche was rich and velvety and extremely flavorful. I added bacon and swiss – a combination of Quiche Lorraine and Quiche au Fromage de Gruyere. I wanted to eat the whole thing by myself.

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How to Make Julia Child’s Quiche

This quiche is super easy to make. Simply cook some bacon. Whisk together eggs and heavy cream. Place the cooked bacon in the bottom of a pie crust. Top with swiss cheese and pour the egg mixture on top. Pop the pie in the oven and bake.

  • I took a shortcut and used a frozen pie shell. We all know Julia probably wouldn’t have used a pre-made crust. Here is a link to her homemade pie crust recipe: https://www.jamesbeard.org/recipes/pie-dough
  • You can substitute 1/2 cup of pre-cooked chopped bacon for freshly cooked bacon.
  • You can substitute turkey bacon for regular pork bacon.
  • I used heavy cream, but you can substitute milk if you want a lower-calorie dish.
  • Can quiche be made in advance? Yes! You can make the filling and keep it refrigerated until ready to pour it in the pie shell.
  • Can quiche be frozen? YES! You can assemble the quiche and freeze it unbaked for later. To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed below. You can also freeze the baked quiche. Let the quiche cool to room temperature and freeze. To reheat, thaw completely. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350ºF for 30 to 40 minutes.
slice of quiche

What to Serve with Quiche

This quiche is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can use any combination of meat and cheese that you prefer. This is a great base recipe to get creative with. We like to serve this quiche some grits and biscuits or a salad. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this quiche:

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Julia Child’s Quiche

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Julia Child's Quiche – easy bacon and Swiss quiche recipe. Bacon, swiss, eggs, heavy cream, salt, pepper, and pie crust. Seriously the most amazing quiche recipe EVER!!! Can make ahead and freeze for later. Great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is our go-to recipe! #freezermeal #quiche

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ¾ cup swiss or Greyere cheese, shredded
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ – 2 cups heavy cream
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 (9-inch) deep dish frozen pie crust

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • Press bacon and cheese into bottom of the pie crust. Beat the eggs, heavy cream, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl until blended. Pour over bacon in the pie crust.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until quiche has puffed and browned.

Notes:

You can substitute 1/2 cup of pre-cooked chopped bacon for freshly cooked bacon.
You can substitute turkey bacon for regular pork bacon.
I used heavy cream, but you can substitute milk if you want a lower-calorie dish.
You can make the filling and keep it refrigerated until ready to pour it in the pie shell.
You can assemble the quiche and freeze it unbaked for later.
To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed below.
You can also freeze the baked quiche. Let the quiche cool to room temperature and freeze. To reheat, thaw completely. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350ºF for 30 to 40 minutes.

Steph

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    1. You can certainly give it a try. I haven't made this with spinach, so I don't know which variety is best. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Many decades ago, Julia Child's quiche was my go-to recipe when entertaining friends and family for brunch. I lost my ratty recipe card with the instructions and thought I'd never make it again. BTW, I loved making this with Gruyere cheese, as it imparted a lovely nutty taste. Also, a pinch of nutmeg added a certain "jais se ne quois."

  2. Steph, I was privileged to have several conversations with Julia Child and one of them was about quiche. I told her I made it with a whole wheat crust and she asked why I would do such a thing. I told her for added nutrition. Her reply was the same one she has given to Jacques Pepin and others: "We don't care about nutrition; we care about taste." She was a hoot!

  3. Is it better to use cream or milk? Or a combination? And if combination…equal parts or more of one than the other.

  4. I'm about half way through My Life In France. I'm enjoying the book too. I just seem to spend more time reading food blogs than reading books. This quiche looks fabulous. I'm saving this recipe and will make it soon. Thanks for the post.

  5. Your quiche is total eye candy! it looks so perfect. On a cold rainy night like we're supposed to have tonight, this would be my numbe one pick for dinner!

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