A dreamy marriage of cheese and shortcrust, the humble quiche is one of the tastiest dishes you can get your mitts on. Served either warm or cold, and packed with ham or veggies, this is a super versatile meal that goes with all sorts of sides. And what’s more, they are pretty simple to cook!
The quiche lorraine has a history almost as rich as its crumbly crust and is enjoyed worldwide, especially during the warm summer months. So it’s no surprise that fans of the meal have made May 20th a day to celebrate everything that’s great about this delicious, nutritious treat.
History of National Quiche Lorraine Day
A quiche is a kind of open topped pie, which is composed of a case of shortcrust pastry filled with savory egg custard and a choice of veggies and meats. It’s often regarded as being birthed from French cuisine, but it may have started life in medieval Germany.
The quiche lorraine is named after the Lorraine region of France, where it was created as an open pie filled up with savory custard and cubes of pork fat. Today, you’re more likely to find it made with bacon cubes rather than fat, but it’s just as tasty.
A quiche lorraine was originally made without cheese, but today you’ll probably find most recipes call for this dairy addition. Usually, recipes call for cheddar cheese, but you can use all sorts if you wish. Traditionally, a Lorraine doesn’t include onions – if you do pop onions in your quiche Lorraine mixture, you’re making a quiche Alsacienne.
How to celebrate National Quiche Lorraine Day
Feeling hungry? That’s nothing that a slice or two of quiche lorraine can’t solve. If you’re feeling a bit artistic in the kitchen, this would be a great excuse to try your hand at making a quiche lorraine yourself! You’ll need bacon, eggs, cream, milk, and cheese. And if you’re going to go the whole hog and be super authentic, you’ll need the ingredients to make a shortcrust pastry from fresh. It always tastes better than store-bought pastry cases!
Since quiche is best served at picnics with a side salad, why not get your friends together and have a picnic? Serve up slices of quiche Lorraine with other picnic foods, and make an afternoon of it. Make sure there’s plenty of quiches, as it’s a very moreish dish! Remember to bring some meatless quiche for any vegetarians!
Have a great National Quiche Lorraine Day!