Three words: Oh. My. God.
Last weekend Justin and I went to the Apple Festival in a nearby town. We drank some hot cider, I tried my first apple fritter (how have I been missing out on these my entire life?!), and bought a big bag of fresh apples.
Thinking about what to do with the apples, I knew I wanted to make something savory. I love the sweetness of apples contrasted with savory flavors. So the first thing that came to mind was obviously bacon. I had also been wanting to make a quiche (because I’ve been nostalgic for France and because I wanted to keep practicing my pastry crust), so I did some searching around online for some inspiration.
Apple, Bacon, and White Cheddar Quiche with Caramelized Onions
- One prepared pastry crust
- 5-8 slices of good bacon
- One medium yellow onion
- Two large apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 3/4 cup white cheddar or other good cheese (I think Gruyère would be magical in this)
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup half and half
- salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 425 while you prepare your pastry crust. You can use a store-bought one for convenience, but I highly recommend making your own. It’s challenging but actually not that hard, and very rewarding! Pre-bake the crust for 8-12 minutes, until it just starts to brown. Take it out of the oven and turn oven down to 375.
In a large skillet, fry the bacon until it’s not quite crispy. Remove bacon, keeping the fat in the pan. Add your onions to the pan and cook over medium heat in the bacon fat until they become translucent. Add the apples and continue to cook until it all starts to caramelize. Meanwhile, chop the bacon into bite-sized pieces.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs with half and half. Season with a little salt and pepper.
Spread the apple and onion mixture over the bottom of the pastry crust. Sprinkle bacon pieces over top. Add your cheese.
Pour the egg mixture over the top of everything and cook for 30-40 minutes, until set. A knife inserted in the center should come out clean. Enjoy!