Home > Breakfast > Broccoli Cheddar Quiche Broccoli Cheddar Quiche January 3, 2021 | 2 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Broccoli Cheddar Quiche is loaded with tender broccoli, sharp Cheddar cheese, and creamy egg custard. It’s easy to adapt to personal preference and we’re keeping things simple by using a store-bought pie crust! There’s a whole lot to love about this quiche — it can be prepared ahead of time, enjoyed for any meal of the day (who says quiche is just for breakfast or brunch?!), and can be eaten warm or at room temperature. Pair this quiche with some other brunch favorites like these Healthy Banana Muffins or this Egg Skillet. Broccoli Cheddar Quiche This Ham and Cheese Quiche was one of the most popular recipes of 2020, so I thought I’d combine my love for broccoli and Cheddar (this broccoli cheddar soup is one of my favorites!) into a similar quiche recipe. And this quiche has totally hit the spot the last few days at my house — it’s pure comfort food for any time of the day! My kiddos especially love it as a mid-morning or afternoon snack. Let’s talk bacon Broccoli Cheddar Quiche starts with bacon. The bacon adds great flavor and texture to the quiche, and it also is used as a garnish after the quiche is baked. The fat rendered from the bacon is also used to enhance the flavor of the onion, garlic, and broccoli. After cooking the bacon, carefully remove it with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate. See the “quick tip” below for how to deal with extra bacon grease! QUICK TIP If the skillet has more than 1 tablespoon rendered bacon grease, drain off the extra. To do this, line a small, heat-proof cup or bowl with heavy-duty foil. Carefully pour the bacon fat into the lined cup immediately after removing the bacon and let it stand at room temperature until the bacon grease is solidified. At this point, you can fold the foil around the solidified fat and discard it or save it to use in future recipes. Broccoli Cheddar Quiche Crust To keep things simple, we use a store-bought frozen pie crust. You can make your own, of course, or even prepare this quiche without a crust. I’ll break down all these options below: Store-bought: Be sure to get a 9-inch, deep-dish pie crust so all the ingredients fit into the crust. You’ll find these pie crusts among frozen pie baked goods, bread, frozen puff pastry, and other frozen desserts in the grocery store. Homemade crust: Try this recipe! Crustless: Simply prepare the recipe as written, omitting the crust. Be sure to generously spray the pie pan you are cooking the quiche in with a non-stick spray. Cook for 35 -42 minutes. QUICK TIP When using the store-bought crust, be sure to keep it in the freezer right up until it’s time to bake it. We want the crust as cold as possible when going into the oven. If the crust does sag or fall down a bit in the oven, it’s okay. Simply let it cool to warm and then gently press down the center and coax up the sides with your fingers. Work carefully to avoid ripping the par-baked crust. Do I need to bake the crust first? Blind baking (also called pre-baking) is the process of baking a crust first without the filling. It’s important to blind bake the crust when it’s going to be filled with an unbaked filling. A baked crust has a firmer texture that won’t soak up the liquid filling. If you’re opposed to baking the crust first, the quiche will still work, but the bottom of the crust may be a bit under-done or soggy. Making quiche ahead of time If you want to serve this quiche freshly made, simply assemble the quiche filling (sautéed onion and broccoli mixture, eggs, heavy cream, cheeses, bacon, and seasonings) in a large bowl. Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When ready to bake the quiche, remove the bowl from the fridge, and give everything a quick stir. Pour the prepared mixture into the partially baked crust and finish baking. To bake ahead of time: You can bake the quiche in advance and chill it to reheat the next day. Transfer the baked quiche to a wire rack to cool completely. Tightly wrap and refrigerate until ready to eat. To reheat, cover the quiche with foil and bake in a 325-degree F oven for about 10-15 minutes. While you can bake and store quiche ahead of time, we always prefer it made fresh. I recommend preparing the components ahead of time and then assembling and baking right before enjoying. Broccoli Cheddar Quiche Leftovers For leftovers: Once baked, let the quiche cool for up to 2 hours at room temperature and then refrigerate, tightly covered. To reheat, cover with foil and bake at 325 degrees F until heated through (about 10-15 minutes). Fridge: You can store a baked and wrapped quiche for up to 3 days. Freezer: You can store a pre-baked quiche (properly wrapped in an airtight container or bag) for 1 to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge. Freezing does make the quiche lose texture and become a bit watery. Broccoli Cheddar Quiche Tips Chop the broccoli very finely. Once the broccoli is added to the quiche, it doesn’t get too much more tender. Make sure to very finely chop it and sauté it until crisp-tender to avoid hard/crunchy bites of broccoli throughout the quiche. Freshly grate the cheese if you can. Pre-shredded cheese has a cellulose coating (to keep it from clumping) that resists melting and can make the quiche a little bit greasy. I also recommend using extra sharp or sharp Cheddar cheese for maximum flavor. Watch the quiche as it bakes. If the crust is browning too quickly, cover the outside ring of the crust with a foil (or a pie shield) to keep it from browning further. I recommend baking the quiche on the lower or middle oven rack. Don’t over-bake! Bake until the edges are set, but you still have a little wobble in the center. (The best quiche will jiggle a little when you cut into it which tells you the quiche is extra creamy.) More breakfast or brunch recipes Breakfast Potatoes and Bacon with bell peppers Honey and Banana Sandwich breakfast “grilled cheese” Cinnamon Banana Bread with a simple streusel topping Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls with a lemon glaze Quiche Lorraine with bacon and chives FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Broccoli Cheddar Quiche 5 from 2 votes - Review this recipe This Broccoli Cheddar Quiche is loaded with tender broccoli, sharp Cheddar cheese, and creamy egg custard. It's easy to adapt to personal preference and we're keeping things simple by starting with a store-bought pie crust! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Broccoli Cheddar Quiche 5 from 2 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe This Broccoli Cheddar Quiche is loaded with tender broccoli, sharp Cheddar cheese, and creamy egg custard. It's easy to adapt to personal preference and we're keeping things simple by starting with a store-bought pie crust! Course Breakfast, lunch Cuisine American, French Keyword broccoli cheddar quiche Prep Time 35 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes Servings 6 -8 servings Calories 528kcal Cost $6.17 Ingredients1 (9-inch) frozen ready-to-bake pie crust (must be a deep-dish crust)7 slices bacon hardwood smoked1 tablespoon unsalted butter1/2 cup (78g) finely diced yellow onion (~1 medium onion)1 teaspoon minced garlic (~1-2 cloves)1/4 cup (14g) freshly grated Parmesan cheese1 cup (85g) freshly grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese4 large eggs1 cup (70g) broccoli very finely chopped1 cup (221g) heavy whipping cream1/4 teaspoon dried thyme3/4 teaspoon EACH: ground mustard, paprikaFine sea salt and freshly ground black pepperOptional garnish: chopped chives, crumbled bacon InstructionsPAR-BAKE CRUST: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place unwrapped frozen pie crust on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to slightly cool. (Keep crust on the baking sheet.) Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. If the crust fell down a bit, wait for it to mostly cool, and then gently coax the sides of the crust up with your fingers; it should slide up without much resistance. BACON: Meanwhile, cut bacon into thin strips. Add bacon pieces to a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until golden. Using a slotted spoon, remove to a paper-towel-lined plate and allow to slightly cool. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the bacon for a garnish for the top.ONION, GARLIC, AND BROCCOLI: Drain off all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat (See Note 1 for how I do this). Add 1 tablespoon butter to the skillet with the bacon fat. Add the diced onion and cook until it starts to become soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add in the very finely chopped broccoli and cook, stirring frequently for 3-5 more minutes or until crisp-tender. Add in the garlic and stir for another 30 seconds to a minute. Remove skillet from heat, set aside to cool.EGGS AND CHEESE: In a large bowl, combine the eggs, heavy cream, and the dried thyme, ground mustard, paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. (I add 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper.) Whisk until completely smooth. Add in all but the reserved 2 tablespoons bacon, the onion, garlic, and broccoli mixture, the sharp Cheddar cheese, and the Parmesan cheese. Stir until smooth.BAKE: Pour this mixture into the par-baked pie crust (still on the baking sheet) and bake on the middle or lower oven rack (not the top one) for 35 to 45 minutes (my oven takes about 38-40 minutes), or until the quiche is set and has a very slight jiggle in the center. (It will finish firming up outside of the oven.) Avoid overbaking the quiche -- if there is a slight jiggle, it's done.SERVE: Serve warm with reserved bacon pieces and fresh chopped chives sprinkled on top. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: Here's what I do to dispose of bacon grease: Press 2 pieces of foil into a cereal-sized, heat-resistant bowl. Pour all the bacon grease from the skillet into this bowl. For this recipe, I measure out 1 tablespoon bacon grease and return it to the skillet along with the butter. I allow the rest of the bacon grease to harden at room temperature in the foil-lined bowl. Then either save that bacon grease or crumple the foil with the hardened grease in it and discard. Nutrition FactsCalories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 248mg | Sodium: 650mg | Potassium: 327mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1545IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 468mg | Iron: 1mg DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.