Have you ever eaten Buttermilk Pie? The first time I had ever even heard of Buttermilk Pie was on a trip to southern Utah. We were with a large group of folks who were hosting exchange teachers from Taiwan. We had taken the teachers sight-seeing through the dramatic canyonlands, a geological wonderland that sprawls across northern Arizona, southern Utah, western Colorado, and New Mexico.
Bryce Canyon National Park national park located in southwestern Utah. According to Wikipedia “the major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters, along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors.
It was on this trip we stopped by a little cafe well-known for the 32 — yes 32 — different flavors of pie on the menu, one of which was Buttermilk. Fast forward a few years and I find myself living in southern Tennessee surrounded by buttermilk pie lovers! (I like it too!)
The Brown Eyed Baker recently posted this stunning picture and the recipe for Buttermilk Pie. I couldn’t have done better myself.
One day out of the month at Community Bible Study we have a fellowship day. Members bring food to share. It is a special time of fun, food, and lots of talking, laughing, and praying! Last month one of our friends brought an Onion Quiche. I wasn’t a part of her group for the fellowship time but afterwards, gathered around a big counter in the kitchen, she gave me a sliver of the leftover. I didn’t know if I was just hungry at the moment or this was one special quiche. Either way, I just knew I had to make one and taste more of the wonderful flavors. She gave me a quick “I used french fried onions” from the can. That was enough to get me going!
I adore making quiche. I love eating quiche. It is so easy to make with your favorite ingredients. For this quiche I used a 9″ pie crust, Swiss cheese, French-fried onions, eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and some leftover ham. The meat is optional and Cheddar or pepper-jack cheese can be added to crank this up a notch! Quiche can be made with heavy cream, half ‘n half, or a little sour cream. Those ingredients add to the overall richness and are wonderful. Feel free to sub in a little of the creams for the milk, if you wish. For this quiche I used 2% milk and it was still wonderful.
We ate this as a supper meal with a fresh green salad. Voilà’ — dinner is served. This very same quiche is equally good for breakfast. With Mother’s Day just around the corner quiche fits in superbly for a special brunch!
Happy Cooking! Catherine
Quiche with French Fried Onions
Fantastic flavors meld together for a quiche that won't quickly be forgotten!
- 1 9" deep dish pie crust
- 1 1/2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
- 1 (3 ounce) can French-fried onions
- 4 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 1/2 cups milk*
- 1 cup chopped ham**
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Bake pie shell for 5 minutes (do not prick shell)
- Remove pie shell from oven. Sprinkle the cheese, french-fried onions, and chopped ham on the bottom of the pie shell.
- Combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper, whisk well, but not until it is frothy. Pour over the cheese/onion/ham mixture.
- Place pie ring around edges of pie crust, to keep from over-browning.
- Bake 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let stand for 5 minutes, then cut and serve.
Make this quiche your own by adding your favorite ingredients, i.e. mushrooms, sweet peppers, hot peppers, cooked sausage, Cheddar cheese, hot-pepper jack cheese. ** Use 2% milk or heavy cream or half 'n half.
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