French Fridays with Dorie – Mushroom & Shallot Quiche (now with bacon!)

I’m running a little behind with this one but it’s still Friday so we’re good. For anyone who doesn’t know, we are now in what is called “fourth quarter” in retail. These three months are when we make the majority of our money for the year. Consequently I am kind of a zombie from October-December. Long days and lots of events are going to make it tougher to get things done in a timely manner, but I’m going to give it my best. Yesterday we put out Christmas at the store so it was a particularly long one (9:30 AM – 9ish PM) so my idea of making this quiche last night didn’t really work out. I did make the tart dough around 11 though so at least I got a start on it. And before anyone starts complaining about us forgetting Thanksgiving and putting out Christmas too early just shuttie. All that inventory has been sitting in the basement since July and it’s time for it to start making us some money. End of story.

Apologies for the weird lighting on this photo. Who knew that 7:30 AM isn’t the best time to take pics in my kitchen?? I wanted to include it though because I have the same crust problem with all tarts that I’ve made. I swear on the awesome creative force of Joss Whedon that I am NOT stretching the dough and I am chilling it before baking and all that jazz, yet it still shrinks like this every time. What am I doing wrong? I want the perfect looking scalloped edges that other people are getting from their tart pans and it isn’t happening. Tips would be much appreciated.

I sort of went off-recipe a bit for this one for several reasons. I am a tentative guest at the mushroom party. I am starting to like the flavor of them but I just can’t handle a big ol’ slice of mushroom. I can’t do it. I have been faced with a lot of gross vegetables this week (the story is way too long to go into here) so I just had to make this one more to my liking. I diced up the mushrooms very fine and then I also went ahead and sliced up four pieces of bacon, crisped them up, and threw them in the mix. I am a stalwart member of the Bacon Makes (Almost) Anything Better Club and Bek mentioned that she loves bacon in quiches so I thought “why not?” I happen to love scallions but I forgot to buy them so some Italian parsley took on the role of obligatory greens in this one. Because my crust shrunk ($?*#!!!) I couldn’t pour in all of the cream and egg mixture – as it was I had a little bit of an overflow situation – so I had about a 1/4 cup left that I just had to toss. Sad day.

I threw this in the oven and then hustled to get ready for work. I feel like quiche seems like it should be a quick & easy thing to put together but this bad boy had a lot of steps. Make the crust and chill it for at least three hours. Roll it out, put it in the pan and freeze it for an hour. Prebake the crust and let it cool completely. Make the filling and let it cool for at least 15 minutes. Then finally throw everything together and bake it for half an hour. See what I mean?? Kind of one you have to plan ahead for. As it was baking and I was brushing my teeth I was thinking that this probably wasn’t worth all the effort and everything since I don’t really like mushrooms all that much but man, was I wrong. I took it to work with me and we all had it for lunch in between more Christmas decorating and it was so goddamn delicious! I think it might be my favorite quiche I’ve ever made. The flavor was just out of this world! Even though it was kind of a pain in the ass, I would definitely make this one again! Since I did a lot of subbing and I really liked the results, I am going to include the recipe for this one. If you’ve got some time on your hands, give it a try (even if you think you don’t really like mushrooms :P).

Mushroom, Shallot & Bacon Quiche

4 pieces of bacon, sliced and crisped

1 1/2 T unsalted butter

2 shallots, finely chopped

1/2 lb white button mushrooms, finely chopped

1 tsp dried thyme

1 9″ tart shell (use any recipe you like, or try Dorie’s) partially baked & cooled

3/4  cup heavy cream

2 large eggs

1/4 cup flat-leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped

1/4 cup Muenster cheese, finely shredded

Melt the butter in a large non-stick skillet. Throw in the shallots, season with salt & pepper and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and throw in some more salt & pepper. Cook the mushrooms for about 5-7 minutes or until they have cooked down and started to brown a bit, then sprinkle them with 1/2 tsp thyme and cook for about 30 more seconds. Remove the mushrooms and shallots from the pan and put them in a bowl to cool for at least 15 minutes.

Center a rack in the oven and pre-heat it to 350 degrees. Put the cooled tart crust on a baking pan and sprinkle the other 1/2 tsp of thyme over the crust. Spread the mushroom mixture evenly over the crust, then sprinkle on the bacon and the parsley. Mix the eggs and cream together in a measuring cup and season them with a little salt and pepper. Then carefully pour the egg & cream mixture evenly over the tart. If it looks like it’s going to overflow, don’t use all of the liquid. Duh. Sprinkle the top of the tart with the cheese and CAREFULLY slide it into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until the filling has evenly puffed and looks nice and golden and crunchy on top. Transfer the quiche to a wire rack and remove the sides of the pan to let it cool. Eat while still a little warm or at room temperature. Yum!!
On a completely non-quiche related note, Halloween just happened and I was a fortune-teller. Is it good or bad that the only thing I had to purchase for my costume was this awesome turban-y hat thing I got in the clearance bin at Claire’s? I had everything else in my own wardrobe/possession (loud wrap-skirt, tall black boots, flowy sweater, big hoop earring & assorted other jewelry, tarot cards, & a crystal ball)…

Also, check out some of our cool pumpkins:

16 thoughts on “French Fridays with Dorie – Mushroom & Shallot Quiche (now with bacon!)

  1. Bacon is always a good thing, I think. The last quiche I made had bacon in it (most of mine do), so I left it out of this one. But I can totally see how it would bring more to the party. And I wish I could give you some tips on the crust, but mine shrank too! I’ve actually never had that happen before, and I’m not sure what I did differently. Weird. You’ve still got a tasty-looking quiche though! Nice!

  2. I was expecting more people to add bacon, but you’re the only one I’ve seen! Good move, it looks delicious!
    I made a different crust recipe, but one thing that I find helps is to roll the crust big enough so that you can fold the crust back towards center to make the sides double-thick. I trim any that would actually make it double thick on the bottom. Also, your might have done this, but I line the crust with a butter piece of foil or parchment and FILL the crust with dried beans that I use only for this purpose. I think I use about 2 pounds of little white beans (but I use them over and over), just be sure to cool them completely before you put them back in their container or the steam will make them mold. Good luck! It’s trite to say, but it’s also true. Practice makes perfect. That gives you an excuse to make more quiche!
    P.S. Love your halloween costume and the pumpkins.

  3. Bacon is an awesome addition or substitution in a quiche. It looks wonderful! I agree with betsy on the crust tips, and working with cold ingredients is key. I put it in the freezer before baking and it goes from subzero to a hot oven directly, always with foil and weight so it doesn´t loose it´s shape. Just practice, it´s the only way. And maybe start with a smaller pan until you get the hang of it.
    Have a great weekend!

  4. Maggie, this recipe, as all quiche recipes requires some time and patience and my kids do not like the fact that it takes “forever” before they can take their first bite but in the end, everyone is always happy and I can see that your quiche looks lovely and delicious too, the idea of adding bacon was wonderful! Sorry about all the stress at work – if your store was in my neighbourhood, I would come by today and drop off some of my “new” Christmas cookies – I would love to have another point of view on some new seasonal recipes and maybe get your mind off all that stress, at least for a minute or two!

  5. Well, you may have been late, but not as late as me. In fact, I need to get off the computer and go make some crust so that we can have this quiche tomorrow. Looking forward to it after all the rave reviews on FFwD.

  6. Your crystal ball was obviously right on concerning the bacon. It looked as if it was the perfect compliment to the quiche. I agree that this savory pie was a fooler – better in reality than on paper. So, sucking up to the Boss by bringing a warm quiche into work? You go, Girl. I worked in retail when I first moved to Aspen —- didn’t know anyone and wanted to keep busy. The Christmas seasons damn near killed me. I finally found a solution: Scotch. On the Rocks. 8pm. When I returned home.

  7. Your quiche slice looks very appetizing, there is something about bacon and quiche that just go together ;-). Nice looking fortune teller outfit and love the carved pumpkins, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!

  8. There are very few foods where bacon is not a welcome addition. Don’t ask me what they are, because I can’t think of any.
    I could never work retail – especially during the holiday season. My people skills are just not that honed. You are a saint…

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