There’s something about Eid and big breakfasts. I don’t know what it is, but growing up they were always such full and lavish breakfasts – the foul, the labnah, the eggs sprinkled with paprika, the piping hot Iranian bread – it was all part of the festive and family-filled weekend. This long weekend, I decided to rekindle that “tradition” and make something different and filling: a gorgeous golden quiche (homemade pie-crust and all). Although making ‘perfect’ crust isn’t the easiest of tasks, it’s a recipe worth perfecting.
Pie Crust recipe:
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening (you can find Crisco at Sultan Center)
4-5 tablespoons of ice-cold water
Egg Filling recipe:
5 eggs, beaten
1 ½ cups of milk
¼ cup sliced green onion
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
6 slices chopped turkey-bacon
¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
¾ cup Swiss cheese
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
First make the pie crust. Mix the salt, flour and shortening together in a bowl. As needed, add the cold water 1 tablespoon at a time. It is important to be exact in measurements here, as it affects the flakiness of the crust. Once done, lay and spread in the quiche dish. Once spread, lay 2 sheets of foil on top of the crust and bake for 6 minutes. Crust should appear soft, light and shiny when removed from oven. Allow the crust to sit for 8 minutes, while you make the egg filling.
Beat the eggs, milk, green onion, salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Stir in the bacon bits (make sure they’ve been fried and chopped already). Toss in both cheeses and the flour. Mix all ingredients well, then pour into the crust. Place in the oven and bake at 180 degrees for about 40-45 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
You don’t have to put in bacon, but I love the sweetness it adds to the eggs. Plus it’s such an easy recipe to manipulate to what you like – add spinach, broccoli, sausage – or even different kinds of cheeses. It’s such a beautiful dish for big breakfasts and, both times served, not a crumb was left behind.
Recipe, courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens