Quiche with Arugula, Bacon, + Cheddar

by Amy on 14 August 2013

Quiche with Arugula, Bacon, + CheddarI’m picky about what quiches I like. For me, some of them wind up being too darn eggy. Don’t get me wrong, I like eggs, but I need egg casseroles + quiches to have lots of other flavors + textures mixed throughout. So, when I recently stumbled across a recipe for a quiche filled with tons of arugula, shallots, bacon + cheddar, I thought, That sounds like the type of quiche I would love. And guess what? After making it this past weekend, I can confirm that I was right!

This quiche, simply put, is amazing! It’s packed full of flavor – peppery arugula, salty bacon, tart balsamic, + sharp cheddar, all wrapped in a flaky, buttery crust. It’s light on the egginess, which makes it different from a lot of quiches, + just perfect for me. Another great thing about this? While it’s wonderful hot out of the oven, it’s just as tasty at room temperature, so it’s ideal for brunches or parties where it’ll have to sit out for a while. Up until recently, my easy potato, egg, + bacon casserole was my favorite savory egg breakfast, but it now has some serious competition. So, if you’re looking for a fantastic new breakfast dish, give this scrumptious quiche a try!

Quiche with Arugula, Bacon, + Cheddar

Quiche with Arugula, Bacon, + Cheddar

serves 6-8, adapted from Bon Appetit


For the crust:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces
4 tablespoons (about) ice water

For the filling:
6 bacon slices, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped shallots (about 2-3 shallots)
8 ounces arugula, stems trimmed, leaves coarsely chopped (about 5 1/2 cups)
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 cup whipping cream
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (gruyere or gouda would also be delicious!)


For the crust:

Blend flour + salt in processor. Add butter + shortening. Using on/off turns, process until mixture resembles coarse meal. Mix in enough ice water to form moist clumps. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic + chill until dough is firm enough to roll out, about 30 minutes.

Roll out dough on floured surface to 12-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Trim dough overhang to 1 inch. Fold overhang in + press, forming double-thick high-standing sides. Pierce crust all over with fork. Freeze crust 30 minutes. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover + keep frozen.)

Position rack in center of oven + preheat to 400°F. Bake crust until golden brown, piercing with fork if crust bubbles, about 20 minutes. Transfer crust to rack. Reduce temperature to 375°F.

For the filling:
Cook bacon in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 5-8 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels + drain. Add shallots to same skillet + sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Add arugula + sauté until just wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add balsamic vinegar; toss to combine.

Sprinkle arugula mixture, then bacon over crust. Whisk cream, eggs, salt + pepper in large bowl to blend. Stir in cheese. Pour egg/cheese mixture into crust.

Bake quiche until filling is slightly puffed + golden, about 35 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut into wedges + serve.

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1 Alyson August 14, 2013 at 7:25 am

Love this recipe I must put this on the list for the weekend! I have never made my own crust but I bet it tastes 100 times better than store bought. Yum

2 amy August 14, 2013 at 7:35 am

This was my first time making a homemade crust and it was definitely delicious – way flakier and buttery-er than the store-bought version! But the pre-made crust could definitely be a great, easy shortcut for when you’re short on time!

3 danielle August 14, 2013 at 7:42 am

I definitely need to try this – I love some arugula and bacon – well it’s bacon.

4 Leah | So, How's It Taste? August 14, 2013 at 7:51 am

I’m a big time fan of quiche! I like just about any flavor. I love how this has arugula instead of the usual suspect spinach. Bacon & shallots too? Sold!

5 alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] August 14, 2013 at 8:31 am

Sounds like the most perfect of perfect flavor combos in that quiche. I’ll eat any ole quiche, but I’m like you in that I prefer ones that are packed with tons of delicious extras like veggies and baaaaahhhhcon. Thanks for sharing this fabulous looking recipe!

6 dixya| food, pleasure, and health August 14, 2013 at 8:32 am

looks so deliciousss- i love quiches esp the ones with lots of cheese 😛

7 EA-The Spicy RD August 14, 2013 at 10:56 am

Yum, yum, and triple yum! My “go-to” quiche recipe comes from the Moosewood cookbook-not sure if it qualifies as “eggy” or not, but I’d love to add this filling to it :-)

8 Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry August 14, 2013 at 11:18 am

I love that you made your own crust for this masterpiece! Salty bacon paired with spicy arugula is always a perfect combo.

9 Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste August 14, 2013 at 11:19 am

Yes, yes, and yes! All of my favorite things in a buttery crust? Do you deliver? :)

10 Annie @ Annie's Noms August 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

Woweeeee this looks yummy! I’ve had bacon and cheese quiche before, but it was very eggy and heavy, so it wasn’t my favourite :/ I’m loving the arugula in this and am going to have to make it for us for dinner, then my other half can take a slice to work the next day :)

11 amy August 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

It reheats wonderfully, Annie, so it’ll be perfect for your other half’s lunch the following day. I just reheated the last slice for a late breakfast this morning + had been eating it every day for the last 4 days since I made it. YUM!

12 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker August 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I love quiches loaded with goodies. This sounds divine Amy. Bacon and cheddar together is always a good thing in my book. Delicious!

13 Kathryn August 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm

I’m definitely with you when it comes to quiche – I love it when they’re filled with goodness. This is such a tasty combination too.

14 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl August 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I’m with you – I don’t like an overly egg-y quiche, so this one sounds just perfect! I LOVE arugula!

15 Adri August 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm

That sounds fabulous. In Italy, Puglia especially, (in the deep south) they make a tart of greens and pancetta. It is a bit like this. Nice recipe!

16 DessertForTwo August 14, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I’ll be honest: I like to make quiches for other people, but I don’t like to eat them myself because I’m not an egg person. But THIS looks like a quiche that even I would eat! Thanks :)

17 Emily @ Life on Food August 14, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I never thought of arugula in quiche. I love it! This looks amazing!

18 Sammie August 15, 2013 at 1:26 am

You made it sound so delicious! I absolutely must try this! Perhaps on a lovely Sunday morning. Yummy!! <3 Quiches can be quite challenging to make at times, especially when the inside doesn't cook as quickly as the outside! haha.. But this is definitely inspiring!!

19 Amy (Savory Moments) August 15, 2013 at 5:56 am

Yum – I love a good quiche and this one looks really delicious. I like the flavor combination a lot. Plus I like that they are good for any meal!

20 Nik@ABrownTable August 15, 2013 at 10:38 am

Amy, this looks delicious! I love that you made your own crust here.

21 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction August 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I’m the same way, I like my quiches filled with loves of flavor! This definitely looks like one I could get into!

22 Blond Duck August 16, 2013 at 7:31 am

Perfect for art class!

23 Kumar's Kitchen August 17, 2013 at 8:58 am

lovely quiche with everything we adore in it but balsamic plays magic with the ingredients,so good and perfectly golden,who can say no to this scrumptious treat… :-)

24 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 17, 2013 at 5:44 pm

sounds amazing!! i love quiches with a lot of other stuff in them too. otherwise they take forever to cook!

25 Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts August 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

Everything is better with bacon, and this looks like an excellent way to use up the farm share arugula in a form that my kids will enjoy. Good for you making your crust–I’m chicken. I admit it. Pizza dough is no problem, but pie crust?! Yikes.


26 amy August 19, 2013 at 9:12 am

I was intimidated by making homemade crust, too, but it surprisingly wasn’t very hard at all! I think you need to give it a try soon! =)

27 Beth August 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I think I’d love that quiche too. It’s all full of flavours I love!

28 cquek August 23, 2013 at 11:18 am

can’t wait to have the whole piece

29 plasterers bristol October 14, 2013 at 8:24 am

Wow that sounds really nice, i love quiche so definitely going to be giving this a go..


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