Bacon-Gouda Zucchini Quiche
Quiche has made a come-back!
Believe me, no one is happier about this than me. My mother fixed it for special occasion brunches and had a real gift for making it very French. She threw anything and everything into it, and it was always delicious.
With garden zucchini coming on like crazy, this is a wonderful way to enjoy it, or even share it.
Begin by preparing a 9″ unbaked pie crust. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a frying pan, cook, drain, cool and crumble bacon.
Slice half of a zucchini into thin slices and set aside for topping. Shred 2 cups of zucchini. I like to line a bowl with paper towels and then add the shredded zucchini. I cover the top with another paper towel and press it down, blotting excess moisture from the squash.
Prepare the leeks by cutting off the root ends and tender white to light green tops from the tough green stems. Wash them well and then slice them in half lengthwise. Now thinly slice them across. Discard the bacon grease from your frying pan, and over medium heat saute the leeks with bacon drippings until they are slightly caramelized.
Shred Gouda cheese. Set aside 1/4 cup to sprinkle on top. Whisk eggs, half and half, ground mustard, salt, and garlic powder together. Now add bacon, shredded zucchini, leeks and cheese to the mixture. Combine well.
Pour quiche filling into unbaked pie shell and smooth. Top with zucchini slices, remaining cheese and sprinkle with paprika.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes. Watch it carefully and if the crust is getting too brown, lightly cover it with a piece of foil. Remember that oven temperatures tend to vary.
The crust should be golden brown and the filling set. Remove from oven and cool on a rack for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Serves 6 to 8.
This recipe is easy to double. Why not make one to share with someone special to you.