I think, if someone held a gun to my head and demanded I pick one meal to eat for the rest of my life, I’d go for quiche. You have no idea how much I love it – I grew up on my nana’s cooking and her idea of quiche was two eggs, bacon that was still oinking and more salt than the Dead Sea. It was delicious, not least because it took away the taste of her apple pie. I’m not sure if it was a result of growing up in the war (she fought a pivotal role in the Transvaal Rebellion) but she was never lavish with her ingredients – she remains the only woman I ever met who could turn a postage stamp sized bit of pastry into eight full fruit pies and a batch of sausage rolls. The apple pie didn’t so much have a filling of apple as a light dusting. I would love to be able to bake like that – absolutely no measurements, timings or fuss: just 100% pure instinct.
That leads me to my simple point that I want to make before getting straight to the recipe: don’t fall into the trap of following recipes slavishly – everything we post is merely a guideline. Don’t like an ingredient? Leave it out (though use common sense, you’ll struggle to make tomato ketchup if you use Weetabix and tears, for example) and put in something you actually want to eat. Recipe not looking quite right? Cook it for a bit longer. Use cheaper meat if you’re short on cash. Don’t stress about the little things – and never more so then in this chicken, leek and bacon quiche recipe, because you can chuck any old shite into a quiche and as long as you season it well, you’ll be laughing.
chicken, leek and bacon quiche
Yield 8 large wedges
This chicken, leek and bacon quiche is perfect for either using up all manner of leftovers from the fridge or specifically for a tasty, lovely lunch. You can add anything you like - add more cheese, some mushrooms, pepper, red onion...anything you like! Easy to make too.
- two chicken breasts - grilled, poached or baked - cut into cubes or shredded
- a few rashers of bacon
- one large yellow pepper
- one chilli pepper
- one leek - get a big one, mind, you want it to leave you wincing every time you pick it up
- lots of salt and pepper
- 180g of ricotta (2 x HEA)
- 40g of extra mature lighter cheddar (1 x HEA)
- eight or so eggs (if you're using whole eggs) or 12 egg yolks (so much nicer!)
- 30g of parmesan (1 x HEA)
NOTE: so this makes enough for eight wedges, but let's assume you'll eat two wedges. That's one HEA.
- preheat the oven to 180 degrees fan
- cut your bacon into raggedy chunks
- thinly slice your leeks - we used a mandolin slicer because it'll do it in no time at all
- thinly slice your pepper and chilli
- cook off the leeks, pepper, bacon and chilli together in a pan until the bacon is cooked and the leeks have softened
- add the chicken
- mix together the ricotta, cheddar and the eggs - now this is where you need to use your judgement - you may not need as many eggs if you have big eggs or less mixture - you want a good thick 'sauce' when it is all beaten together
- I prefer to use egg yolks only because it makes a lovely rich quiche, but can work out pricey for eggs - if you go down this route, don't waste the egg yolk - make these peppermint meringues!
- mix everything together in one bowl and add a good pinch of salt and pepper
- slop it all into a good non-stick dish - I like to grate half the parmesan into the bottom of the dish before putting the mix in, then top the quiche with the rest of the cheese
- cook in the oven for about 35 minutes, or longer if it is still wobbly
- allow to cool and serve with salad!
- we use a smart silicone dish for this chicken, leek and bacon quiche - this has never failed us once!
- this freezes perfectly - cut it up, wrap the pieces in foil and take one out the night before for lunch
- feel free to tip the mixture into several smaller tins to make individual quiches
- you'll note that there's no wrap involved in this mixture - that's because we're not insane, see?
Courses snacks, evening meal
You can’t beat a good quiche! Want some more quiche ideas? Of course!
- carbonara quiche (syn free)
- proper ham, cheese and onion quiche (syn free)
- slimming world quiche (syn free)
- greek garden omelette (1 syn)