Bacon and Cheese Quiche Tart

So, it seems as though I might live in a tiny bit of a bubble. A few months ago, my Chief Culinary Consultant and I were watching an episode of Rock Center with Brian Williams and they were running a story about how so many people in our society live in a bubble. They were featuring an author who had written a book on the subject, and who also created an online quiz, called “How Thick Is Your Bubble?” As soon as the segment was over, my Chief Culinary Consultant hopped on his computer and I jumped on my laptop to take the quiz. “Of course I don’t live in a bubble, fun quiz time!” is what was bouncing around in my head. Twenty questions later, I hit the submit button and was presented with my results. It said that my bubble is so thick that I don’t realize I’m even in one. Whaaaaaaat?? Talk about BURSTING a bubble!

That’s not all. How many of you watch Parks and Recreation? I’m convinced that Ron Swanson is, by far, the most awesome character on TV right now. Everything that comes out of his mouth is gold. My Chief Culinary Consultant coyly mentioned during the season finale that there are some similarities between me and Ron Swanson and while I feign insult, the truth is, it’s pretty spot-on. Bubble? Check. Not big on change? Check. Avoids public masses? Check. I suppose there are worse TV characters to be compared to πŸ˜‰

When I started thinking about recipes for Memorial Day weekend, which is usually all about cookouts and picnics, and my Chief Culinary Consultant suggested quiche, I almost fell over. What? Quiche for picnic food?! Quiche is brunch food. Holiday brunch food. Baby shower and wedding shower brunch food. Definitely not picnic food. Picnic food is hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, baked beans, watermelon, and a dessert that invariably involves Cool Whip. He disagreed, and set out Googling. Turns out, apparently, that quiche is a pretty common item on a lot of picnic menus, and it seems to be especially popular for picnics in the UK. Okay, so I live in a bubble. I concede. I’ll make that quiche, and I’ll raise you some bacon and cheese.

I loved this quiche recipe for many reasons, but especially because it was baked in a tart pan, instead of the traditional pie plate. Maybe it’s just me, but I think anything baked in a tart pan with that perfectly scalloped pie crust is instantly gorgeous. When that crust is filled with a creamy mixture that includes lots of bacon and cheese? Gorgeous and delicious. I was shocked by how quickly you could throw this recipe together. I mixed the crust in 5 minutes, and was able to assemble the filling while the crust was in the oven. It took nearly zero effort, and I was rewarded with the trifecta of pie crust, bacon, and cheese. It’s hard to beat that! I’m happy to be working my way out of my bubble, and will now add this quiche recipe to potential picnic recipes in the future.

Does anyone else out there live in a bubble?! Also, does anyone else think that Ron Swanson is awesome?

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Bacon and Cheese Quiche Tart

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes


1ΒΌ cups all-purpose flour
Β½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons vegetable shortening, cold, cut into small pieces
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water

4 ounces thick-sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 eggs
1Β½ cups heavy cream
4 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded (about 1 cup shredded)
Pinch nutmeg
Salt and pepper


1. Make the Crust: Whisk together the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Cut the butter and the shortening into the flour mixture with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Using a rubber spatula, stir in just enough water to bind. Gather into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 20 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 12-inch circle, about 1/8-inch thick. Carefully transfer the dough to a 9-inch tart pan. Gently fit the dough into the tart pan and trim any excess off the edge by rolling the rolling pin over top of the pan. Prick the bottom all over with a fork. Line with parchment paper and fill the tart pan with pie weights. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove the parchment paper and pie weights and continue baking until the crust is golden brown, 5 to 10 more minutes.

4. Make the Filling: While the crust bakes prepare the filling. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, Swiss cheese, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. When the crust comes out of the oven, immediately sprinkle the bacon over the bottom crust, and then slowly pour the egg mixture over the bacon to fill the crust. Bake until the quiche is puffed and brown, about 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Cover leftovers and store in the refrigerator.

(Recipe adapted from The Ultimate American Cookbook)


64 Responses to “Bacon and Cheese Quiche Tart”

  1. Cat Davis on May 21, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Would it be wrong to send my husband out for eggs at Midnight so I can make this for breakfast?


  2. Kim L on May 21, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Hmmmm… I rated 13 – 16 – almost a nonexistent bubble. Guess I’m classic middle class all around πŸ™‚ Interesting quiz.

    This quiche looks so yummy. Have been too scared to try making a quiche, but this one looks so good I may just have to give it a go.


  3. jillian on May 21, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Ha! I scored the same on that quiz! There are worse things. :!


  4. Kelly on May 21, 2012 at 3:20 am

    I haven’t lived in American for 10 years but I got I can “see through my bubble”. I need to drink beer and start watching NASCAR I suppose!

    I’d say mini quiches are popular here.


    • kasey on May 29th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      I was told that I can see through my bubble but that I need to get out more. I have 3 kids 4 and under! I’m lucky I’m still alive at all, I never get to go out!


  5. Natasha on May 21, 2012 at 4:07 am

    I totally live in a big fat bubble, my own little world. To be honest? I kind of like it!


  6. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on May 21, 2012 at 7:24 am

    What a fun quiz I got “You’re part of the new upper class, you’ve had a lot of exposure to the rest of America”

    I love your quiche and my Husband would be tickled pink if I made it for him, well see! πŸ™‚ I need to invest in a tart pan, it’s on my need to buy list! Have a great week!


  7. Tanya on May 21, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Oh I soooo live in a bubble! I’m going to embrace it though!

    I do love a good quick though! Not something I make often, but if it has bacon, it’s automatically irresistible!


  8. Jennifer on May 21, 2012 at 7:28 am

    *raises hand* I live in a bubble. I’m not sure there is a way out of my bubble. But I love quiches! Just made one this weekend, and this one looks like another I should try!


  9. Jackie C on May 21, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Quiche looks awesome. So I took the quiz and it tols me “You scored between 13 and 16. In other words, you don’t even have a bubble” Not sure what to make of that… Although I’ve moved around a bit and have worked many different kids of jobs. Now I need to read more about this!


  10. nancy K on May 21, 2012 at 8:09 am

    The quiche looks yummy. I have some heavy cream I need to use so this might be dinner.
    I took the quiz and… “even if you’re part of the new upper class, you’ve had a lot of exposure to the rest of America”.
    So I guess I am either in a very thin bubble or just barely outside of one.
    Actually, the quiz was easy to figure out. If you have had a lot of exposure to what could be termed “blue collar” related stuff, you are not in a bubble. I am interested in reading the book. Thanks!


  11. Vicki Pieranunzi on May 21, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I can see through my bubble, but I do need to get out more. If I go out anymore than I do now, I am going to need a Winnebago.


    • Michelle on May 23rd, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Haha! I’d love to own a Winnebago one day πŸ™‚


  12. Barbara on May 21, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I don’t know Ron Swanson and I’m pretty sure my bubble is thicker than yours though I didn’t take the test. Apologies to your CCC but if I fed my gang quiche for Memorial Day they would revolt. Smoked ribs for us, potato salad, corn and avocado salad and some cold whippy dessert.

    The quiche would be lovely after church for brunch. πŸ™‚


  13. Barbara on May 21, 2012 at 8:27 am

    PS I took the quiz and I thought it was stupid. Just because I don’t have friends who smoke or have varying political opinions (not drink cheap American beer) doesn’t mean I don’t know they exist. I just like my own little corner of the world. By the way, our ancestors were just like that.

    Have a great Monday!


  14. Carla on May 21, 2012 at 8:48 am

    This quiche looks awesome and I got the same ‘thick bubble’ results, yikes!


  15. Katrina on May 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Yes, please! Delicious!


  16. Penny Wolf on May 21, 2012 at 9:22 am

    13-16 for me, No bubble. So does this mean that people “in” the bubble eat quiche for Memorial Day? πŸ™‚ Fried chicken outside the bubble? No matter, I just hope Memorial Day is spent giving some thought to the lost soldiers of our country while we have our picnics.


  17. Haley on May 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!


  18. Lauren on May 21, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Everything is better with Bacon! Mmm…


  19. Margaret on May 21, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I don’t eat meat and so was going to skip over this post in my busy Monday morning perusal of great sites but when I saw the name Ron Swanson I HAD to read the whole thing- I agree wholeheartedly that he is an amazing character- apparently has quite a cult following these days- I bet all those people (myself included) also live in big bubbles- but bubbles are fun and cool adn I don’t see anything wrong with being in one 24/7!


    • Michelle on May 23rd, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      I agree, Margaret, I don’t think bubbles are bad at all πŸ™‚


  20. Nancy @ CouponClippingCook on May 21, 2012 at 10:17 am

    The crust sounds delicious and this looks like it’s cooked perfectly. Yum.


  21. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious on May 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I am OBSESSED with Ron Swanson. Funniest tv character ever. And did you know he’s married to tammy #2 in real life? So weird, but kind of fitting for the both of them.

    Btw, I love this quiche. I’m sure the swiss cheese pairing was amazing.


    • Michelle on May 23rd, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      How funny, I did not know that!


  22. Courtney @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. on May 21, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I LOVE Ron Swanson. In fact, last year I bought a poster of Ron’s Pyramid of Greatness for my husband to display in his “man cave.” But the fact is, I probably get just as many laughs (if not more) out of it than he does.

    Also, quiche is yummy, change is good, and I’m proud of you for rising to the challenge!


  23. Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry on May 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I bet my bubble is just as thick as yours! I never knew quiche was a picnic item…but this one looks sooo good! LOVE bacon!!


  24. Bobbi on May 21, 2012 at 10:51 am

    ok so I guess I must live in a bubble I scored a 5 – 8 range apparently I can see out of my bubble, but I don’t think that I have to buy large masses of not so good tasting beer, fish or hunt, or watch nascar to be part of the community. But anyway – YES i LOVE Ron Swanson! And your quiche looks delightful thanks for sharing with us! I will be making this recipie soon!


  25. Connie on May 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Bacon, cheese and eggs in a pastry shell? Can’t go wrong with that! Look delicious.


  26. Pat Thompson on May 21, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Can’t wait to try – and, it may not be on the official Memorial Day, but it will be a memorable day because I will make first time ever, a quiche!


  27. Stephanie on May 21, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Took the quiz and I got I can see through my bubble, but need to get out more? haha In any case, lovely quiche!


  28. Einahpets65 on May 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Quick question about cooking times and such. I want to make this as a regular quiche because I don’t have a tart pan, what kind of changes should I make to the cooking time and temperature? Maybe just longer, and cover with foil so it doesn’t burn?


    • Michelle on May 23rd, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      I haven’t tried this particular recipe in a pie dish (which is what I assume you mean by regular quiche?), so unfortunately I can’t provide you with specific baking times and temperature. The filling will likely be a little thicker. I would try the same temperature and keep an eye on it once it hits the suggested baking time above.


  29. Jennifer on May 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Apparently I can see through my bubble, but I need to get out more. If that means going to to Nascar and stuff I’m not interested in…then I will stay in my little bubble. Also, Ron Swanson is the man! I love him! I also love Leslie Knope and sometimes I feel like I am her. Not quite as goofy or into politics, but I definitely see the similarities. Lastly, I love quiche! YUM!


  30. Paula on May 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    The tart pan does make the quiche look prettier but whatever it is baked in, it certainly looks delicious. I love bacon & cheese quiches…the more bacon the happier I am πŸ˜‰


  31. Mel on May 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Ron Swanson is my hero! He is hilarious. I think he would like this dish since it has bacon in it πŸ™‚ “give me all the bacon and eggs you have.” haha!


  32. Katie on May 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Ron Swanson is probably one of the best characters on television!


  33. Jack on May 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I’m not even American and I was offended by that quiz. Rather than showing interest in a variety of hobbies, books, movies or what have you, everyone all go hunting, watch loud, nonsensical and frankly bad movies and drink cheap beer?

    This quiz should be called “How much of a stereotypical American redneck are you” rather than trying to convince anyone not interested in Oprah, smoking or pickup trucks that they’re acting like elitists.

    I have a strong mind to create an “How uncultured are you?” poll. Hell, if I write a book about it, the controversy alone would make me millions.


  34. Donna K. on May 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    So, apparently I don’t even have a bubble! But I don’t even know who this Ron Swanson character is! So much for not living in a bubble!

    I’ve never made quiche but I have all the ingredients for this one. Think I’ll make it for the long holiday weekend. Don’t want to be accussed of living in a culinary bubble!


  35. Maria on May 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I know Josh would devour this!


  36. Renee on May 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Mmmm… bacon… And I like the idea of making it in a tart pan so it’s not so thick.


  37. Lynn C on May 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    This looks so good and the recipe will go on my “to try” have many others of yours. BTW..I don’t even have a bubble. Maybe cause I’m so old, lol.


  38. Tracey on May 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Don’t feel bad, I took the quiz and apparently live in a bubble too, though apparently I can see through mine πŸ™‚ I’ve never considered quiche as a picnic food, but it’s a great idea! This one sounds amazing, what’s not to love about bacon and cheese?


  39. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on May 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    What a great looking quiche! Love that you added a hint of nutmeg, too! Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a ChicWrap giveaway today that you should enter!


  40. Tracy on May 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I guess I am living in a bubble too, because I’ve never thought to bring quiche to a picnic! Also, the fact that this crust takes 5 minutes to put together has me totally intrigued!


  41. RavieNomNoms on May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Lovely! I adore quiches, they are so simple and SO good!


  42. Tracy {Pale Yellow} on May 22, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Great looking quiche and even better story! I thought my bubble would be pretty thick, but apparently I’m apart of the new upper class and have plenty exposure to the rest of America!


  43. Peggy on May 23, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I love quiche and I love the idea of putting the crust in a tart pan instead =)


  44. Mondo on May 24, 2012 at 3:52 am

    ron swanson rocks my world. I would love to hang out with him for one day, but he wouldn’t like that, would he?


  45. Debra Kapellakis on May 24, 2012 at 6:29 am

    bacon, eggs, quiche, tart all yummy words! mouthwatering photo’s and as always entertaining to be here… πŸ˜‰ I off to take the bubble test, lol


  46. Jamie | My Baking Addiction on May 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Oh I am sure my bubble is really thick, but I was too busy looking at this gorgeous tart to take the quiz!


  47. RisaG on May 26, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    I adore Parks & Rec too. Ron Swanson is such a great character. he is married in real life to Megan Malllely, the one who plays his ex-wife on the show. They are so funny together.

    this looks excellent. I love a good quiche or anything like it.


  48. Sherry on May 28, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I thought I would score pretty badly on the bubble quiz considering I’m a borderline hipster, liberal elitist but apparently I’ve had a lot of exposure to the rest of America! Nice!

    I think when most Americans think of picnic foods, they think of the items you’ve listed too. They’re very stereotypical but those of us who are not white, generally supplement those classic dishes with our own cultural foods. And besides, food has really taken off. Now, it’s not all too uncommon to find galbi or an umami burger made with fish sauce at a typical picnic, even when surrounded by white people.


  49. Tracy on May 31, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Ummm….. made this weekend in regular pie shell, turned out great!!! Baked an extra 10 minutes for the thicker layer.

    Oh and where is the cheese:) in the recipe? ‘whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, eggs’ did I miss the cheese somewhere or did you layer in bottom like the bacon?

    Great Job!!! Tracy


    • Michelle on June 1st, 2012 at 12:14 am

      Hi Tracy, Gah! The cheese gets whisked together with the eggs and cream. My apologies for the error; making the edit to correct it right now! Thank you for catching that!


  50. Elizabeth @ Coppertop Kitchen on June 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Apparently I can see out of my bubble, but I need to get out more. Problem is, all the things I’m interested in getting out to do would probably more firmly entrench me in my bubble, so… Oh well. Interesting quiz, though!


  51. Rida on August 2, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Can this be made by substituting the bacon with chicken? (non-bacon eater here!)


    • Michelle on August 3rd, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Rida, Yes, I don’t see why not! Enjoy!


  52. Shalicia on September 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I love this recipe. I also love spinach in quiche. Could I add that in?


    • Michelle on September 26th, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Yes, definitely! Just make sure if you use frozen or if you cook it, that you squeeze out as much liquid as possible before adding it.


  53. Michelle on October 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Michelle! I know you just updated your blog, which I follow regularly, so this may be due to the changes…but I cannot view the actual recipe part to this quiche. I tried to reload and revisit this page and it still won’t show up. When you had a moment, could you please send me the recipe if that’s easier than trying to repost it? Thanks kindly! -Michelle.


    • Michelle on October 23rd, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Hi Michelle, So sorry for that inconvenience! That was a glitch with the redesign, but the recipe is back up now. Enjoy!


      • Michelle on October 24th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

        Thanks a lot. πŸ™‚


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