Good quiche Lorainne is fantastic. And we don’t mean those delicate tarts with asparagus and way too many vegetables. No, this quiche is for the tough women and men who have a grill in the backyard.
Caramelized onion and bacon go into this quiche. And cheese of course. To ensure that you can eat more than piece, we use Greek yoghurt. This makes the filling less heavy.
We always have a piece of smoked pork belly in the fridge or freezer. We Dutch use it in almost every winter meal so I make it in advance. And everything you have made yourself is better anyway. Just try.
Fry the pork belly until just crispy. When they are coked, pour some of the melted bacon fat into the quiche mould. You leave the rest in the pan.
We caramelize the onion in this bacon over low heat. The slower it goes, the better. If the contents of the pan dry out, add a little bit of water. Continue until the onions are brown and soft.
Then we will make the dough for the bottom of the quiche. The trick is to use small pieces of cold butter and cold water to get a flaky crust. Because the butter is cold, it does not mix well with the flour, and you get flakes of butter in the dough. This gives the bottom a puff pastry-like structure during baking. We combine the flour and butter with a puree masher. This also prevents the butter from softening by the warmth of your hands.
The cold water then ensures that the butter does not become too soft while kneading. If the dough becomes too dry, add a little bit of water.
We use a special cast iron cake skillet as the mould. Because the edges are slanted, you can quickly get the quiche out of the skillet after baking. We rubbed the skillet on the inside with the bacon fat. This way the dough will turn a nice golden brown, and it will not stick.
Try to get the dough about 5 to 6 mm thick. This way the quiche looks better at the end. We did not quite succeed as you can see.
Let the bottom bake for 15 minutes. The dough will then become a little firmer so that the moisture from the onions and the rest of the filling will not soak into the dough. Then we put the caramelized onion on the bottom.
The filling of this quiche is a mix of egg, Greek yoghurt and cheese. Season it with some black pepper. Because of the Greek yoghurt instead of the traditional heavy cream, this quiche is easier to digest.
Fill the quiche up to half a centimetre below the rim. Then you sprinkle the fried bacon on top. These sink into the batter, so it is essential to put the skillet in the barbecue immediately after adding the bacon. Once on the barbecue, sprinkle some Parmesan cheese over the quiche.
After 40 minutes of baking, you will see that the filling has blown up. That’s why we stayed up to half a centimetre below the edge. If you hadn’t, everything would have flooded over, and you had a mess in the grill. During the cooling down, everything collapses again.
Let the quiche cool completely before cutting it. Otherwise, the filling is too soft and will still flow too much. This quiche is perfect for brunch, lunch or as a side dish with dinner.
- 150 grams of bacon in cubes
- 2 onions
- 5 eggs
- 300 grams of Greek yoghurt
- 150 grams of grated cheese
- Black pepper
- Parmesan cheese
For the dough
- 260 grams of wheat flour
- 5 grams of salt
- 150 grams of cold butter
- 90 ml of ice-cold water
- Prepare a grill with medium direct heat. Fry the bacon until it is just a little crispy. Pour some of the bacon fat into the quiche mould and leave the rest in the pan.
- Cut the onions into equal-sized rings and caramelize them in the bacon fat over low heat until soft and golden brown.
- Cut the cold butter into small pieces and then put the pieces in the freezer for a while to become firm again. Mix the flour with the cold butter with a puree pestle. Then quickly mix the cold water into the mixture and knead it into two balls. Place the balls in the fridge while you prepare the grill for indirect heat.
- Make sure you can barbecue indirectly at a temperature of about 175°C (347F).
- Roll out the dough into a circle the size of the mould’s base and into a long strip to make the edge.
- Rub the mould with the bacon fat, put the dough on the bottom, and shape the quiche’s edge. Cut off excess dough above the rim.
- Put the mould on the grill and close the lid. Let the dough bake for 15 minutes to make the surface firm. Meanwhile, combine the eggs, Greek yoghurt, cheese, and black pepper in a large bowl.
- Place the onion on the bottom of the quiche, pour over the egg/yoghurt mixture and sprinkle the bacon and Parmesan cheese on top.
- Place the mould in the grill for 40 minutes and close the lid.
Let the quiche cool before cutting it.