Cheesy Apple Quiche
I got this unique recipe from a local farmer who had a little farmer’s market in the building where I work. Every Friday he and his wife would set up in the lobby, bringing with them lots of inexpensive local produce. Needless to say, I was a frequent customer. (Fryear’s Little Red Market for those of you in the West Michigan area). We talked about my blog, about the best way to cook a butternut squash, and about how in the world honeycrisp apples taste so good. On their last day coming in they handed me a recipe from MichiganApples.com for this cheesy apple quiche. Originally I was pretty skeptical about it, (apples in a quiche??), but my new friends assured me it was good. And so I made it.
And they were right. I must admit, initially I still found the apples to be a little out of place in a savory quiche, but once I got used to the taste I really liked it. I think my apples were slightly too sweet, so make sure to use a very tart variety. The rest of the filling was wonderful – cheesy and creamy and everything a quiche should be. Of course, I say that like I know what a quiche should be, but really this is the first time I’ve ever made one! Didn’t it turn out pretty? Let that give you confidence. You too can make a quiche!
If you’re not up for trying the apples in this recipe, you could easily substitue with some other combination of ingredients (broccoli, bacon, mushrooms, sausage, etc) and I’m sure it would be delicious. But if you’re looking for a fun dish for Fall, try the apples. The taste is unique and each time I ate this (still tasted good re-heated!) I liked it more and more.
Cheesy Apple Quiche
1 9" or 10" pie shell (see below)
1 3/4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 cups peeled, cubed, tart apples
1/4 cup minced shallots
2 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 tsp flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups half & half
1 tsp salt
all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp shortening (or 1/3 cup lard)
2-3 Tbsp ice cold water
Preaheat oven to 350. Prepare pie shell and press into pie plate; sprinkle 1/2 of cheese in pie shell and bake 10 minutes on lowest rack of oven; cool.
In medium skillet, saute apples and shallots in butter until soft (about 8-10 minutes). Stir in flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spread apple mixture evenly in pie shell; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, cream, milk, and salt. Pour egg mixture over the apples and cheese in the pie crust. Place the pie plate on the lowest rack of the oven and bake until firm and knife comes out clean (about 60 minutes).
Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes. Serve warm.
For the crust: Measure flour and salt into bowl. Cut in shortening thoroughly. Sprinkle in water, 1 Tbsp at a time, mixing until all flour is moistened and dough almost cleans side of bowl (1 to 2 tsps of water can be added if needed.)
Gather dough into ball; shape into flattened round on lightly floured surface. Roll the dough 2 inches larger than the inverted pie pan. Fold pastry into quarters; unfold and ease into pan. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch from rim of pan and flute the edges.
adapted from Michigan Apples
This quiche sounds right up my alley!!! I'm loving the whole sweet/savory combo!
Apples and cheese go so well together. Great recipe!
I love apples and cheese! Fabulous idea for a quiche!
yum. Will have to try this. My husband looooooves quiche.
PS honeycrisp are my favorite apples EVER!!
this sounds great and what a great alternative to the typical spinach filling
Megan, your photos make me want to try this no matter what!
I always assumed that quiche was much harder to make than this!
Now I must try it!
I actually think I'd be a huge fan of this! I love apples in omelets, so in this quiche would be similar. Great recipe!
apple with cheese…so interesting…. 🙂
This quiche looks so yummy! I love eating apples with cheese, so I would definitely love this. Thanks for sharing 🙂
No better flavor combination than apples and cheddar! Unless of course it's chocolate and peanut butter…but this looks delish!
This looks amazing. I always forget how much I love apples paired with cheese. This is a must-try!
I think I've just found another use for all those apples in my house!
Looks wonderful. I've never made a quiche either and by the look of this one being your first time I think I'll have to give it a go!
I'm intrigued by this recipe! I've never tried apple and cheese cooked together but I can totally see how I could love this recipe! Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog! This quiche must have a very unique taste. I love the combination of fruits and salty ingredients. i am sure you've enjoyed it.
I always prefer quinches with fruits over the veggie ones….I have eaten one with pears too at a local cafe here..Its so nice that the guy at farmers market shared his recipe with you..so sweet of him!
Oh I meant Quiches..sorry for the stupid “n” 🙂
What a lovely post. It's so nice to make friends with your local farmers 🙂
Oh, huh! Very interesting quiche…would like to try it sometime. 🙂 Looks beautiful!
really great idea, can combine with other things as well..
This would be great with some chicken apple sausage!
I have a recipe for an apple lasagna with ricotta and cheddar that this recipe reminded me of.
Mmmm, that sounds both weird and delicious. I agree with pugsx4, it sounds like it would be really yummy with some chicken apple sausage!
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