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An Italian-influenced version of quiche Lorraine

Bacon, Chard and Fontina Quiche

POSTED: March 9, 2011 1:30 a.m.
/Associated Press

A rich and creamy quiche like this bacon, chard and fontina quiche is a great place to show off a great cheese.

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Start to finish: 1 hour

Servings: 8

1 purchased refrigerated pie crust

4 slices bacon, chopped

1 bunch Swiss chard, tough stems removed, chopped

6 eggs

1 1/2 cups half-and-half

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

1 1/2 cups shredded fontina cheese

Heat the oven to 400 F.

Line a deep-dish pie plate or a quiche pan with the pie crust, crimping or trimming the edge. Place the pan on a baking sheet, then set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high, cook the bacon until crispy, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the Swiss chard and continue to cook until the chard is tender, about another 7 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to drain any excess liquid.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, salt, pepper and thyme.

Add the cheese to the chard and bacon, then transfer the mixture to the prepared pie crust. Pour the egg mixture into the crust and gently stir to eliminate any large clumps or air bubbles. Bake for 20 minutes.

Reduce the oven temperature to 325 F, then bake until the center is set, about another 40 minutes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before slicing. Enjoy warm or cool. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 368 calories; 243 calories from fat (66 percent of total calories); 27 g fat (13 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 214 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrate; 14 g protein; 1 g fiber; 604 mg sodium.

 



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