If you haven’t made a quiche with a sweet potato crust, it’s time to give it a try! This bacon cheddar quiche is a healthier alternative to a traditional quiche, plus it packs more flavor.
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You guys know I’m pretty loyal to my mom’s cornmeal crust when it comes to quiche. The crispy texture of it is perfect for a rich quiche. But sometimes I do stray from the usual and try something new. I’ve been seeing the idea of a sweet potato crust floating around Facebook and the internet and I knew I had to try it. I love the idea of a healthier and gluten-free version of quiche, plus I adore the flavor of sweet potatoes. And dare I say, it’s easier than making a traditional crust?
If you don’t have a mandoline, it will be slightly more time consuming, but it’s pretty forgiving. (But PS, buy a mandoline. It’s such a great tool to have in your kitchen!) Cooking Light has a great video that shows the general technique for putting this crust together – but like I mentioned, it’s pretty easy and quite forgiving. Once you pour the quiche egg mixture in, the eggs act as glue and hold the crust together nicely.
I like to keep the flavors of this bacon cheddar quiche pretty classic to let everything shine. It reminds me a bit of my egg white breakfast bake, with the sweet potatoes and spinach. For this recipe, I include salty bacon, and rich sharp cheddar cheese which I sprinkle on top. The cheese forms a great top crust to the quiche (if I’m being honest, it’s my favorite part).
PS: I garnish this quiche with fresh chives because my chive plant is always out of control and I love the mild onion/garlic taste, but the chives are totally optional.
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I love egg dishes because, while they are great for breakfast, they also make fantastic lunches or meatless main dishes for dinner. Egg dishes can usually be prepared ahead so they are a great meal prep idea, as well.
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- Nonstick cooking spray
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 6 ounces center cut bacon, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup diced onion (about 1 small yellow onion)
- 6 ounces baby spinach
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 6 large eggs
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated extra sharp white cheddar cheese
- chives for garnish, optional
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. Peel sweet potatoes and slice very thinly – using a mandoline if possible. Layer sweet potatoes into pie plate, overlapping to completely cover the bottom of the pie plate. To create side of crust, trim the sweet potato slices so they are flat on one side and continue to line the edges of the pie plate, overlapping slices. Continue this process until the pie plate is completely covered (you want it 5-7 layers thick). Spray again with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil spray.
- Bake sweet potato crust for 20 minutes at 350F°
- Meanwhile, fry bacon pieces in a large skillet over medium heat until browned and crispy. Remove bacon pieces to a paper towel lined plate, reserving 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in pan. Keeping heat on medium, add onion to bacon grease and cook until translucent. Add spinach, cover for 1-2 minutes, and then stir until spinach is wilted.
- Whisk eggs and milk in a bowl with salt and pepper until combined.
- When crust is pre-baked, remove from oven, increase oven temperature to 400°F.
- Carefully fill crust with spinach mixture. Sprinkle bacon on top of spinach and cheese on top of the bacon. Pour egg mixture over spinach, bacon and cheese. If you have too much egg mixture, discard (this will depend on the size of your pie plate and how deep you made your crust).
- Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes or until eggs are set in the middle. Cool slightly (5 minutes) before slicing and serving.
- For a crispy cheddar top crust, sprinkle more cheddar on the top of the quiche before baking.
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Verdict: I love this bacon cheddar quiche. The sweetness of the sweet potatoes is the perfect complement to the salty bacon and flavorful cheddar cheese.
Husband’s take: Honestly, I’m not sure he’s tried this yet! I usually devour it all for lunches and breakfasts. Sorry Ben.
Changes I would make: None are necessary but I can’t wait to fill sweet potato crusts with all sorts of fillings.
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