1 single crust pie dough, blind-baked
5 large eggs
1 egg yolk
1 cup of milk
½ tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
a dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
1 bunch of organic kale, chopped into bite-size pieces
5 strips of bacon, cooked and diced
½ medium-sized onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, grated
¾ cup of grated cheese (use your favorite!)
For the Blind-Baked Pie Dough
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare the pie crust and flute the edges. Line the pie dough with a double layer of aluminum foil. Fill the pie pan with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice to weigh down the dough and prevent it from shrinking. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and prepare the quiche filling in the meantime.
For the Quiche:
Lower the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Add salt and pepper and cayenne pepper. Set aside. You want the egg mixture to get to room temperature so it doesn’t take as long to bake.
Place the strips of bacon in a large skillet. Turn the heat on to medium-high and cook until crispy or to your desired preference. Remove the bacon and transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to remove any excess grease. Chop the bacon into bite-sized pieces.
Using the same skillet you cooked the bacon, drain the excess bacon grease reserving about 1 teaspoon to cook the onions and garlic in. On a medium heat, saute the onions and garlic for 4-5- minutes or until translucent. Then add the chopped kale and cook for another 3-4 minutes until wilted. Set aside.
First, add the layer of bacon bits to the bottom. Second, add the layer of kale and onions. Grate ¾ cup of cheese, reserving ¼ cup for the top. Sprinkle the cheese over the kale layer. Gently ladle the egg mixture on top.
Top the egg custard with the remaining ¼ cup of cheese. Put the quiche in the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes or until the egg custard has set. Remove from the oven and set on a wire rack. Let cool for 15-20 minutes. Serve with a side salad and enjoy!
bacon recipe source: Sassy Pantry, June 5, 2013