A wonderful, easy quiche with cheese and green onions, perfect for brunch, a picnic or another casual gathering with friends.
EASY QUICHE WITH CHEESE
Quiche is something that I never make just for us, I always make an easy quiche for guests, for an evening when we just want to have a beer or a cup of wine, without making a big deal about what we eat.
A quiche is quick to make, yet it makes an impression most of the times (many people think is so difficult to make – which it isn’t), is versatile, so you can use stuff you just happen to have in the fridge or pantry and you don’t really have to sit at the table to eat it.
That makes it a perfect choice for easy evenings when you want to serve something delicious without spending too much time in the kitchen.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE GREEN ONION QUICHE
Green onions/Spring onions/ Scallions:
I am always a little confused about these names. Although I read about the differences between green onions, spring onions and scallions a couple of times before, I still forget them until the next time I have to use the names again for one blog post or another.
To clarify again: green onions and scallions are the same thing. They are harvested before forming a bulb, so they are rather slender. Their taste is less intensive than the taste of spring onions. We mostly eat them raw with open faced sandwiches or in salads.
The confusing thing is that the American scallions or green onions are called spring onions in Canada and the UK.
Spring onions are grown for longer and this allows them to form a thicker bulb at the base. They are normally planted in autumn and harvested in spring, that is why they are called spring onions.
You can use whatever to make this easy quiche with cheese and green onions.
I use them mostly interchangeably in any recipe calling for green onions and I either call them green onions when translating the term from Romanian – ceapa verde – or spring onions when translating it from German – Frühlingszwiebeln.
I buy, cook and eat whatever I happen to find. Depending on the season, you can sometimes only find spring onions and sometimes only green onions.
I used 3 colorful mini bell peppers because I happened to have them in the fridge and because I liked the colors. But 1 regular sized red, yellow or orange bell pepper would be fine.
You will need equal amounts of feta and Gouda cheese. Please use feta that comes in a block and not already crumbled feta. Crumbling feta with your hand takes only 5 seconds and the feta is about a million times better.
I used Gouda cheese, which I also grated myself. If Gouda is unavailable, you can use Cheddar cheese instead. Or another similar cheese that you like to use for making quiche or casseroles.
The dried Herbes de Provence can be replaced with an Italian dried herb mixture or other dried herbs you like.
I love to use dill to make this easy quiche with cheese, I think it is the best fit. But you could also use fresh parsley or other fresh herbs. Not chives though, they would not bring much as they are too similar in taste with the green onions.
HOW TO MAKE QUICHE WITH CHEESE
Easy quiche crust:
- Start with the crust as it will need time to rest in the refrigerator.
- Place the flour, salt, cold butter and dried herbs in the food processor.
- Process until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add the cold water and process for just a few seconds until the dough starts to come together.
- Turn everything onto the working surface and knead very briefly to form a ball.
- Wrap it in plastic foil and refrigerate for about an hour.
Pre-baking the dough:
- Take the dough out of the fridge, flatten it well and press it in the quiche form, so no rolling necessary. My quiche form has a diameter of 28 cm/ 11 inches.
- Prick the crust with a fork all over.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 to 12 minutes until slightly golden.
- It might inflate a bit here and there, but that doesn’t really matter. Once you have added the filling on top, the crust will deflate again.
- You could always bake it blind first and have everything neat and pretty, but I was too lazy to look for the beans and I thought just pricking it with the fork was quite sufficient anyway.
- Take out of the oven and sprinkle the dried breadcrumbs evenly on top. This will prevent the dough from becoming soggy.
Green onion filling for the quiche:
- Prepare the filling while the quiche crust is pre-baking.
- Crumble the feta with the hand or with a fork. Grate the Gouda cheese.
- Chop the green onions, peppers and dill.
- Beat the eggs in a bowl, add the vegetables and dill, some salt and pepper and mix well.
- Pour the filling into the pre-baked quiche crust and bake the quiche with cheese for 30-35 minutes or until golden and set.
MORE GREEN ONION RECIPES?
The Best Camembert Spread – our number 1 bread spread with Camembert, cream cheese and green onions.
Roasted Green Onions on Creamy Polenta – you will not believe how delicious roasted green onions can be.
Roasted Chicken Legs with Green Onions – I definitely have to cook this again soon – so good!
Spaghetti with Green Onion Sauce – healthy and delicious creamy pasta dish.
Otherwise I hope you are having a good weekend, better than the one I have. Somehow my whole week has been a bit overwhelming and things only got worse at the weekend instead of slowing down a bit. So I am actually looking forward to Monday. I’ve been running around like mad all day, looking forward to the late afternoon, when I thought I could sit down in peace and write my post.
Well, I am sitting down and writing this now, but I am far away from doing it in peace. I have a house full of children, running around, shouting, playing, fighting and incessantly asking me for water or sweets or where some toys are or whatever and I keep wondering, like so many times before, why on Earth do they all come here all the time?
I really don’t mind it (most of the times) but right now, I wish my kids would play at somebody’s else house for a change and let me do my stuff in complete silence and tranquility. Yes, silence, that’s what I would love most right now!!!!!!
So, five minutes later: my son and his school friend just had a fight over some arrows, she’s bigger than he is, so he couldn’t reach the arrow. He hit her with a cushion several times until he managed to hit her in the mouth with the button of the cushion. She started to cry, I had to comfort her and have a few words with my son. Half a minute later she wanted water again.
Another half a minute later my daughter came to tell me how the chewing gum she had in her mouth somehow “dissolved”, so she had to throw it away after its being dissolved!!!!
My son just asks me what 18 + 27 make and the fourth child is “playing” the piano and by playing I mean he’s just furiously hitting the piano keys. Oh, and they just had a screaming contest!
- Quiche crust:
- 200 g/ 7 oz/ 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 90 g/ 3.2 oz/ 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, very cold
- 1 teaspoons dried Herbs de Provence
- 60 ml/ 2 fl.oz/ ¼ cup cold water
- 2 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
- 2 bunches green onions
- 3 mini bell peppers of different colors or 1 normal sized bell pepper
- 2 eggs
- 100 g/ 3.5/ oz/ scant 1 cup crumbled feta
- 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ scant 1 cup grated Gouda (or Cheddar)
- 1 small bunch dill
- Place the flour, salt, cold butter cubes and dried herbs in the food processor. Process until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then add the cold water and process for just a few seconds until the dough starts to come together.
- Turn the dough onto the working surface and knead very briefly to form a ball. Wrap it in plastic foil and refrigerate for about an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take the dough out of the fridge, flatten it well and press it in the pie dish. You could also roll it, but I find pressing it works just as well in this case.
- Prick it with a fork all over and bake it for about 10 to 12 minutes until slightly golden.
- In the meantime, prepare the filling.
- Crumble the feta with your hand or with a fork, grate the Gouda or Cheddar cheese, cut the green onions into fine rings, chop the peppers into fine cubes and chop the dill.
- Beat the eggs, add the cheese, vegetables and herbs, some salt and pepper and mix well.
- Take the quiche crust out of the oven and sprinkle the dried breadcrumbs evenly on top. This will prevent the dough from becoming soggy.
- Pour the filling in the form and continue baking for 30 to 35 minutes until the quiche is golden and set.
- Take out of the oven, let cool slightly and serve with a green salad on the side.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 279 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 96mg Sodium: 382mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 10g