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Italian Sausage Quiche

This popular quiche recipe is made with mild Italian sausage, made especially for us by our local butcher. For the best flavor, choose sausage that is not too heavily spiced. —Lee Ann Miller, Millersburg, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • Dough for single-crust pie
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 4 teaspoons chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Dash garlic powder
  • Dash cayenne pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in. thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim crust to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edge. Line unpricked crust with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice. Bake on a lower oven rack until edge is light golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Remove foil and weights; bake until bottom is golden brown, 3-6 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven setting to 375°.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage, onion, green pepper and jalapeno over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain. Spoon into crust and sprinkle with cheese.
  • In a large bowl, whisk remaining ingredients; pour over cheese. Bake until a knife inserted in center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked quiche. To use, remove from freezer 30 minutes before baking (do not thaw). Preheat oven to 375°. Place quiche on a baking sheet; cover edge loosely with foil. Bake as directed, increasing time as necessary for a knife inserted in the center to come out clean.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Combine 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp. salt; cut in 1/2 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 3-5 Tbsp. ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 528 calories, 42g fat (21g saturated fat), 217mg cholesterol, 702mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 17g protein.
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