Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie | Perfect Comfort Food!

Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie | Perfect Comfort Food!

Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie

A family favorite, this Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food that can feed an army, or be perfect for lunch time leftovers.  It’s really just a casserole with layers of ground beef, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. 

 

A family favorite, this Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food that can feed an army, or be perfect for lunch time leftovers.  It’s really just a casserole with layers of ground beef, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. 

Ok:

I guess I’m in a comfort food state of mind, and this Shepherd’s Pie has been calling my name.

A staple meal in our home, it’s the tried and familiar that satisfies when nothing else will.  Am I right?

Want to know the best part?

This Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is perfect for batch cooking, something you can make on the weekend because it’s the kind of recipe you can double up on and then freeze it in portions – or the whole tray.

How awesome to be able to pull it out of the freezer, add a salad (or not) after you’ve been out all day cleaning up the garden, opening the cottage or campsite.

Or it’s the middle of winter, you’re tired of the short dark days, and your tummy wants real. comfort. food.

A family favorite, this Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food that can feed an army, or be perfect for lunch time leftovers.  It’s really just a casserole with layers of ground beef, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. 

In the Spring when we’re trying to get in an early round of golf, and arrive home tired and chilled to the bone, one of our favorite meals is Shepherd’s Pie.  We think it is a perfectly delicious and hearty meal to tuck into!

This easy homemade Shepherd’s Pie cooked in a cast iron skillet actually tastes better the next day.  Yes it does.

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Is your mouth watering yet?  Mine is!

A family favorite, this Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food that can feed an army, or be perfect for lunch time leftovers.  It’s really just a casserole with layers of ground beef, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. 

Did you ever wonder where the name Shepherd’s Pie came from?  Well Wikipedia says Cottage pie or shepherd’s pie is a meat pie with a crust of mashed potato. The traditional shepherd’s pie recipe is commonly made with beef or lamb.  It was a staple in our household when my family was growing up, and now it’s a particular favorite of my grandson’s!

Now you can make your Shepherd’s Pie recipe with corn, carrots or peas and carrots combined.  I like to use peas and carrots.  I used to peel and cook raw carrots, but now I find the frozen variety works just as well, and the quality is still very good.

A family favorite, this Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food that can feed an army, or be perfect for lunch time leftovers.  It’s really just a casserole with layers of ground beef, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. 

There are a number of good recipes out there, Paula Deen and Ree The Pioneer Woman both have great Shepherd’s Pie recipes.  Even Gordon Ramsay has a Shepherd’s Pie recipe!

What is the best Homemade Shepherd’s Pie in the world?  Why the one you just made yourself, of course.

 My Latest Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Shepherd’s Pie in our home was traditionally made with ground beef and then carrots, and crowned with a thick layer of creamy mashed potatoes.  Over the years I’ve experimented with different toppings, meat combinations and vegetables – and I really like this latest version of the classic shepherd’s pie.

Related: Tourtiere Meat Pie, Spaghetti Pie, 5 Layer Tomato Pie

I’m often asked “How do I make the gravy in Shepherd’s Pie?” The secret to a great Shepherd’s Pie in my opinion, is to make sure the ground meat doesn’t dry out in the oven.  To prevent that, we add beef broth to the ground beef and lamb, right near the end of cooking.  And I also mix in 2 tablespoons of corn starch as thickener.

Did you ever wonder where the name Shepherd’s Pie came from?  Well Wikipedia says Cottage pie or shepherd’s pie is a meat pie with a crust of mashed potato. The dish is commonly made with beef or lamb.  It was a staple in our household when my family was growing up, and now it’s a particular favorite of my grandson’s!

 

  • 1 lb each of ground beef and lamb
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 5 stalks of celery
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cup of frozen baby peas and carrots
  • 2 ½ cups cooked potatoes (russet or Yukon gold)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp corn starch

 

 

Using a cast iron skillet

Base:

  • Chop the sweet onion, celery and garlic into coarse pieces and cook in the olive oil until tender – the onions will be translucent
  • Remove the onion mixture from the skillet and set aside
  • Crumble the ground lamb and ground beef and stir both into the skillet
  • Cook over medium heat until the meat is well cooked, and breaks apart easily
  • Add the onion, celery and garlic mixture back into the meat and mix
  • Add a layer of frozen peas and carrots (they will cook in the oven)

 

shepherds pieTopping:

  • Mash the cooked potatoes until they are light and fluffy (I stir in a 1/4 cup of cream and 1/4 cup of butter)
  • Top the ground beef, carrots and peas with a thick layer of creamy mashed potato and sprinkle with chopped basil

Bake in your skillet, in the middle of the oven at 375F for 55 minutes or until the potatoes are golden.

Dig in!

A family favorite, this Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food that can feed an army, or be perfect for lunch time leftovers.  It’s really just a casserole with layers of ground beef, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. 

 

Easy Homemade Shepherd's Pie
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
This Easy Homemade Shepherd's Pie is a favorite supper recipe and combines lamb and beef with carrots and peas, and crowned with golden creamy mashed potatoes. Perfect Comfort Food that satisfies every time!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: North American
Calories: 3604 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 onion sweet,medium
  • 5 stalks celery
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups peas and carrots frozen
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 ½ cups potatoes cooked russet or Yukon gold
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp dried basil
Instructions
Using a cast iron skillet
Base:
  1. Chop the sweet onion, celery and garlic into coarse pieces and cook in the olive oil until tender - the onions will be translucent
  2. Remove the onion mixture from the skillet and set aside
  3. Crumble the ground lamb and ground beef and stir both into the skillet
  4. Cook over medium heat until the meat is well cooked, and breaks apart easily
  5. Add the onion, celery and garlic mixture back into the meat and mix.
  6. Add the broth and keep cooking, to make sure the meat doesn’t dry out.
  7. Stir in two cups of frozen carrots, and peas
Topping:
  1. Mash the cooked potatoes until they are light and fluffy (I stir in a 1/4 cup of cream and 1/4 cup of butter)
  2. Top the ground beef, carrots and peas with a thick layer of creamy mashed potato and sprinkle with chopped basil
  3. Bake in a 375F oven for 55 minutes or until the potatoes are golden and bubbling!

Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Shepherd's Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3604 Calories from Fat 2655
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 295g 454%
Saturated Fat 128g 640%
Cholesterol 856mg 285%
Sodium 1835mg 76%
Potassium 3613mg 103%
Total Carbohydrates 68g 23%
Dietary Fiber 15g 60%
Sugars 8g
Protein 169g 338%
Vitamin A 595.6%
Vitamin C 59.9%
Calcium 42.5%
Iron 114.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

A family favorite, this Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food that can feed an army, or be perfect for lunch time leftovers.  It’s really just a casserole with layers of ground beef, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. 

How Do I Make a Tourtiere in the Traditional Way in Golden Pastry

How Do I Make a Tourtiere in the Traditional Way in Golden Pastry

slice of tourtiere on a white plate with knife and whole tourtiere in the background

“How do I make a Tourtiere , you ask?

Well traditionally a French-Canadian dish, tourtiere is often served during the Holidays, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years, but I like to have a few of these hearty meat pies in the freezer for those days you just don’t have time to cook.

Related:  Pie Crust From My Food ProcessorChicken Pot Pie, 5 Layer Tomato Pie, Spaghetti Pie

Now I know the main focus of this blog is easy family recipes, but I also have a passion for golden flaky pie crust.  And this authentic tourtiere recipe really delivers!

“How do I make a Tourtiere when my schedule is jammed packed with everyone and everything else?”

 

slice of tourtiere on a white plate with knife and whole tourtiere in the background

We even have them after a long afternoon on the golf course!  This is one meat pie you will want to serve anytime, not just during the Holidays.  The blending of different meats, herbs and spices will have your mouth watering long before the pie is ready to serve.  But be patient!  The Tourtière pie crust  and delicious filling is worth the wait.

What is in a Tourtière?  Well in addition to deliciously lean cuts of beef and pork, that are slowly simmered, I think the unique combination of Tourtiere spices that includes cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and summer savoury, provide an earthy, rich flavour.

Need a Tourtière Pie Crust Recipe? No problem!  Check out my post Five Steps To Make Perfect Pie Crust.

Meat pies can be made ahead in a batch and frozen, either in the large 9.5” family size, or in an individual 4” size.  Pop the frozen Tourtière into the oven for 30-35 minutes, add a salad and presto!  A meal in minutes. Alternatively, bake the pie in a microwavable dish, and dinner can be ready quicker than that!

Whole tourtiere in a glass dish with knife and part of white plate in the foreground

 

An easy recipe, and perfect for beginner pie bakers.  This Tourtière recipe is based upon the Mme Jehane Benoit Tourtière recipe, so I hope you enjoy it!

Not sure what to serve with a Tourtière?  Shown here with a tart tomato relish, but you can use your imagination and add any type of side dish.  The Tourtiere is a meal unto itself, so I tend to choose lighter sides, like a tossed salad, or grilled root vegetables.

Authentic Tourtière - Meat Pie
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 15 mins
 
A traditional French-Canadian dish, Tourtière, or meat pie is usually served around the festive season. It's such a hearty meal and easy to make in batches, so batch bake several and put them in the freezer. You can pull one out and pop it in the oven one night when you are pressed for time. Just add a salad!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: French-Canadian
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 359 kcal
Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 2 pie crust recipe uses lard, makes top and bottom crust
  • 2 lb. ground beef lean
  • 1 ½ lb. ground pork lean
  • 2 onions large, cooking
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup parsley chopped
  • 1 ½ c water filtered
  • 3 tsp summer savory dried
  • 1 tsp cinnamon ground
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats large flake
  • 1 egg yolk large
  • 3 tsp. milk
  • 1 tsp cloves ground
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan with a heavy bottom, (at least 3 quarts/litres) cook, beef, pork, chopped onion, celery, parsley, water, and all of the spices and herbs – on medium heat, until the mixture comes to a boil and the meat is broken down and looks crumbly – this will take 15-20 minutes (the meat should not be pink).  Then let the mixture simmer on low heat until the liquid is gone – this will take 50 – 60 minutes TIP: keep checking to make sure your burner isn’t set to high and overcooks the mixture.
  2. Once cooked, stir in the oats and set aside to cool.  If you didn’t have time to make your pastry you can cover the mixture and put it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Putting it together
  1. Put half of the meat mixture into one pie shell.  Roll out the top crust and with the edges moistened (see course for Pastry Made Simple here!) flute the two crusts together with your fingers.  Brush the crust with a mixture of the milk and egg yolk (this will give the crust a golden glow) Cut vents in the top crust to allow steam to escape.  Repeat for the second pie.
  2. Bake in the bottom third of the oven at 400F for 35 to 45 minutes or until the crust is golden.  Let the pie stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.  It will be piping hot!  Each pie will serve 6 to 8 people.
  3. To freeze:  double wrap in aluminum foil and then place inside a zippered freezer bag to prevent freezer burn.
Recipe Notes

Tip: you can get the bottom crust ready, but leave the rolling of the top crust until you have your filling prepared. Prep time includes the chilling of the pastry dough.

Nutrition Facts
Authentic Tourtière - Meat Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 181mg 8%
Potassium 337mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 10.9%
Vitamin C 10.8%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 18.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

So I hope this post answered your question “How Do I Make a Tourtiere?

What is your favorite meat or savory pie? Let me know if you have tried the recipe, or if you need help in any way.

 

Whole tourtiere in a glass dish with knife and part of white plate in the foreground

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Easy Spaghetti Pie Casserole in 30 Minutes!

Easy Spaghetti Pie Casserole in 30 Minutes!

Easy Spaghetti Pie Casserole

This recipe combines two of my favorite foods – spaghetti and pie!  A match made in heaven to be sure and so quick and easy to make, I’m wondering why I haven’t thought of this before?

Easy Spaghetti Pie Casserole, an easy under 30 minutes supper dish that you can make ahead and freeze. These mini spaghetti pies are great for lunches!

This is by far the best spaghetti pie recipe you will every make.  Just sayin.

A delicious spaghetti ‘pie crust’ topped with a yummy meat sauce, and lots of parmesan ricotta and mozzarella cheese, it doesn’t get much easier.  There are lots of great recipes out there, I really like this one from Canadian Living, just click here.

Easy Spaghetti Pie Casserole, an easy under 30 minutes supper dish that you can make ahead and freeze. These mini spaghetti pies are great for lunches!

With just Mark and I at home, making a full tray or baking dish of just one recipe doesn’t always make sense. Making mini portions allows us to have individual meals that can be popped into the microwave.  Am I right?  So we’re making mini spaghetti pie casseroles and using this awesome new mini pie baking tin I just got.


I think it’s very cool, don’t you?

Easy Spaghetti Pie Casserole, an easy under 30 minutes supper dish that you can make ahead and freeze. These mini spaghetti pies are great for lunches!

I had some extra ingredients, so  I doubled the recipe and also baked a 9″ spaghetti pie – to freeze for one of ‘those’ days, when I don’t feel like cooking a big dinner – 🙂  The mini pies are perfect for lunches and they freeze well too!

Easy Spaghetti Pie Casserole, an easy under 30 minutes supper dish that you can make ahead and freeze. These mini spaghetti pies are great for lunches!

I can eat this easy spaghetti pie casserole recipe every day!

Easy Spaghetti Pie Casserole, an easy under 30 minutes supper dish that you can make ahead and freeze. These mini spaghetti pies are great for lunches!

 

Easy Spaghetti Pie Casserole in 30 Minutes!
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Crust
  • 2 cups cooked spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp butter softened
Filling
  • 2/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 garlic clove minced add more if you love garlic!
  • 6 oz lean ground beef cooked
  • 1 cup canned whole tomatoes drained and chopped (reserve juice)
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup shredded mozarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients for crust
  2. Spray mini pie tin (or 9" pie plate) with non stick cooking spray
  3. spread spaghetti mixture over bottom and up the sides to form a crust
  4. Preheat oven to 350F
  5. Spread ricotta cheese over the bottom of crust and set aside
  6. in a skillet heat butter, add onion, green pepper and garlic and saute until tender
  7. Add beef, tomatoes, reserved liquid, and tomato paste
  8. cook, stirring often until thickened and cooked through
  9. spoon beef mixture over cheese and bake 20 to 25 minutes
  10. Sprinkle each pie with mozzarella cheese and bake until the cheese is melted and begins to brown - about 5 minutes
  11. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

 

Easy Homemade Chicken Pot Pie You Can Make Anytime!

Easy Homemade Chicken Pot Pie You Can Make Anytime!

Just thinking about taking a Chicken Pot Pie right from the oven makes my mouth water. The tender chunks of chicken, nestled among onion, potato, peas or carrots and smothered by a deliciously flaky pastry – that’s how I spell c-o-m-f-o-r-t.

chicken pot pie with puff pastry to crust, baked in a cast iron skillet

There are a number of recipes around. This is one I adapted a few years ago from a food magazine sponsored by Walmart.  I don’t think it’s in print now, but here is their latest link to a really yummy  recipe!  The first time I made, I followed the instructions exactly and used a piecrust for the top and bottom.  It was so awesome!

I like this chicken pot pie recipe because:

  • it’s full of flavor
  • comes together very quickly
  • the ingredients are either in your pantry or waiting to be picked up on the way home from work!

My adaption shows you how to make it in your cast iron skillet, and use puff pastry as a top crust! I love to bake using my cast iron skillets – if you don’t have one, head to the nearest store – and buy one. These pans will never wear out – just be sure to clean them with only water and a scrub brush and then treat them with a small amount of cooking oil.

I think homemade chicken pot pie is the number one choice of savory pies – You can make it in a number of ways and sizes. Mini pot pies are perfect for a quick meal. Bake up a batch and pop them in the freezer. Then thaw and serve with a salad!

No more frozen food section!

I remember buying chicken pot pies in bulk from a famous frozen food store, they were convenient, but really didn’t have much flavor. Once you try this recipe that is so easy and delicious – there will be no turning back. This recipe is great to make because:

• It’s so easy – double or triple the recipe and freeze!
• The ingredients are readily available – local foods especially!
• The flavours and textures are delicious and rich – folks will want seconds!

Host a Chicken Pot Pie Baking Party!
Something that is fun to do and ultimately saves time and money is to gather a few friends and schedule a Saturday to have a Pot Pie Baking Party.

• You offer to organize the ingredients and do the shopping.
• Everyone pays their share of the cost of the ingredients
• Each guest brings their own pie tins and pans.
• Pot pies can be baked at your house – OR everyone can take their prepared pot pies home and bake them there!

Easy Chicken Pot Pie
A delicious pot pie you can make tonight, using a pre-cooked chicken, frozen puff pastry and ingredients that are readily at hand.
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • ¼ c all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • ½ c milk
  • ½ c cooking onion and one celery stalk chopped
  • 10 oz./284 ml condensed chicken broth
  • ½ c raw potato peeled and chopped
  • 1 ½ c cooked chicken store bought –roasted, or pre-cooked package
  • ¾ c frozen peas and carrots
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • one Package of frozen puff pastry thawed, the kind that doesn't need rolling
Instructions
  1. Mix 2 tbsp of the butter with the flour and put aside
  2. In a separate bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the milk and set this aside
  3. Using a large saucepan, cook the onion and celery in the 4 tbsp. of butter and season with salt and pepper to your taste
  4. Add the potato and the broth and bring to a boil, then cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the butter/flour mixture and stir this in.
  6. When the mixture has started to boil again, remove it from the heat source and stir in the milk & cornstarch.
  7. Put the pan back on the stove and bring it to a boil once again, then remove it from the heat and stir in the peas & carrots and the chicken.
  8. Cover with a lid to cool while you get your puff pastry ready!
  9. Preheat your oven to 400°F/200°C with the top rack in the lowest position. This is also known as the bottom third of your oven.
  10. Following the package instructions unroll both sheets of puff pastry.
  11. Put one sheet of puff pastry in the bottom of the cast iron skillet, making sure you have it reach the edges add in the cooled chicken mixture, mounding it slightly in the middle of the skillet.
  12. Place the second sheet of puff pastry on the top, and cut a few of vents into the top crust with a knife. This will allow the steam to escape and also will make your crust very flaky!
  13. Crimp the edges of your pie together and brush the entire top crust and edges with milk
  14. Bake for 50 minutes, the let cool for about 20 minutes before serving
  15. Yum!

Try this recipe tonight!  It’s nice to know that Pioneer Woman agrees with me when it comes to creating easy to bake recipes.

Like this Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe? Check out my other savory pie recipes!

Classic Quiche

Shepherd’s Pie

Easy 5 Layer Tomato Pie

Just thinking about taking a Chicken Pot Pie right from the oven makes my mouth water. The tender chunks of chicken, nestled among onion, potato, peas or carrots and smothered by a deliciously flaky pastry – that’s how I spell c-o-m-f-o-r-t.

Simple 5 layer Tomato Pie

Simple 5 layer Tomato Pie

This 5 Layer Tomato Pie is so easy and delicious, you will be making it again and again.  It freezes really well too, so this could become a staple in your make ahead meal planning.

Fully Baked tomato pie

 

I used vine ripened tomatoes, and think that Roma would be another good variety.  Baking the pie crust first prevents a soggy pie crust bottom as well.

I made the pie last weekend, and it was amazing! Do you love the fancy ribbon effect on my pie crust?

tomato pie with ribbon edged pie crust ready to bake

 

The original recipe comes from my friend Jonathan, over at our Perfect Pies facebook group, so thanks to Jonathan! If you love pies and baking, this is a wonderful group to share recipes and tips and to show off your pies!

 

Ingredients

ingredients for tomato pie, tomatoes, pie crust, mayonnaise, green onions, bacon and shredded cheese on a cutting board

Deep dish pie shell baked and cooled.

3 large ripe tomatoes cut into wedges (use Roma or ‘on the vine’ that have low juice content)
3 green onions finely chopped
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese grated
1 cup mayonnaise
4 slices bacon  – cooked crisp and crumbled
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. Basil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Directions

1st Layer – Tomatoes onions and spices
2nd Layer – One half cup mayonnaise spread over tomatoes
3rd Layer – Sharp cheddar cheese
4th Layer – Tomatoes onions and spices
5th Layer – One half cup mayonnaise spread over tomatoes

 

Sprinkle bacon and Parmesan cheese on top.

 

Bake your tomato pie in the bottom third of an oven at 350F degrees/175 C for 40 minutes or until it bubbles and is light brown on top.

Enjoy!

 

Want more great posts like this 5 Layer Tomato Pie?

 

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Classic Quiche For the Best Brunch Ever!

Classic Quiche For the Best Brunch Ever!

Classic Quiche For the Best Brunch Ever!

Serve Quiche to your friends at the next Brunch!   Brunches are so popular these days, with friends meeting at a number of popular spots around town.  But often eating out means reservations, and if not, waiting in long lineups to get in!  Waiting in line to wait to eat is not my idea of good time, and certainly not for my friends.  So I prefer to host a brunch in our home, a wonderful way to entertain.  It’s always on the weekend, the house is usually cleaned up and it gives me a chance to really spend time with friends and family since the cleanup is a breeze and can be left until later.   I love to fuss with the table – my grandmother and mother taught me this.  Real cloth napkins, fun place mats or tablecloths, fresh flowers and my best dishes!

quiche for brunch

I remember the first brunch I hosted so many years ago.  I was determined to serve Eggs Benedict and had never made Hollandaise sauce in my life.  My best friend arrived a few minutes before and started to laugh as soon as she came into the kitchen.  There I was, with every saucepan I owned either on the stove or in the sink, trying to follow an elaborate recipe from a French cookbook!  My friend Connie saved the day, whipped up the hollandaise in one small pan, and the brunch was a huge success.

So my lesson was learned, and I turned my attention to where my talents did lie – and that was baking delicious pies and tarts.  Quiche is really an egg pie with lots of yummy ingredients.  My idea of a successful menu allows for many foods to be prepared ahead and frozen – especially my famous Quiche!  With that main item out of the way, I can concentrate on other items, like different types of salads, antipasto, whatever I choose.

So here is my Quiche recipe for you to enjoy.  It makes enough for six hungry guests and has been served to family and friends for many years!

Ingredients:

1 deep dish shortcrust pastry – 9.5 or 10” pie plate

½ lb thick cut bacon

8 large eggs

1 c heavy cream

2 small cooking onions finely chopped

1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 lb Gruyere or Edam cheese – cut into small cubes ( 1 ½ to 2 c)

¼ tsp nutmeg

Salt and pepper

Optional:  1 cup of frozen spinach – thawed and well drained.

 

Cook the bacon and drain it on paper towel.  Once cool, break into small pieces and set aside.

Sautee the onion in a separate pan with the butter until softened and the onion looks clear or transparent.

 

In a large bowl beat the eggs, then add the heavy cream, nutmeg and salt and pepper.  Add the onion and bacon.  Fold in the cheese.

Pour into the pie shell, making sure the mixture is just below the rim of the crust.  The quiche will expand a bit while it is cooking and you don’t want a messy oven!

Bake at 350F for 50-60 minutes.  The quiche is done when you stick a fork in the center and it comes out clean.

 

slice-of-quiche

To freeze: wrap in two layers of heavy aluminum foil for up to a week.

Substitutes: instead of bacon, you can put in broccoli, or asparagus – be creative!

Would you like to learn to make pastry and create a delicious pie in no time at all?  Well check out my FREE How to Make Pastry Dough for Beginners course at Udemy! This is the easiest course to make pie crust yet!  Best of all, by taking a Udemy course, you have lifetime access and can logon to it 24/7.

 

 

Serve Quiche to your friends at the next Brunch! Brunches are so popular these days, with friends meeting at a number of popular spots around town. An easy recipe with the option of a traditional quiche lorraine or add in spinach!

 

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