Quiche is one of those dishes that's great no matter what meal you make it for! It's also amazing at helping you get rid of leftovers and vegetables. Especially those that you're afraid are going to go bad before you can use them. However, you may be wondering, are there any vegetables that can't or shouldn't go it a quiche? We have learned all about what can, and can't, go in quiche so that you don't have to.
While some vegetables may seem better for a quiche than others, really all of them can be put into a quiche. You just have to know how to properly prepare them so as not to affect how the quiche bakes. Here are some of the most common vegetables to put in your quiche!
- Bell peppers
- Green beans
Knowing that there is no absolute limit on what vegetables you put in your quiche just makes it that much more exciting to try them all out! Before you pick a vegetable and start preheating your oven, you may want to look at each choice in a little more detail. Keep reading below to find out how to add each veggie to your quiche correctly and how each one elevates it!
Vegetables That Can Go In A Quiche
While we can't spend all day listing out every vegetable that's good in quiche, we can list some commonly used favorites. Before adding vegetables into a quiche, it's a good idea to make sure that they are as dry as possible. Any unnecessary moisture could affect how the quiche cooks.
To start, our vegetable list is artichoke. It might be less common in your standard kitchen than some of the other vegetables on the list, but that doesn't make it any less delicious. Artichoke goes very well with the egg and cream of quiche. Think of it as a kind of spinach artichoke in a crust!
Here is an easy artichoke quiche recipe!
Asparagus is another easy choice for adding to a quiche. For the best results, you should cut the asparagus up before adding it to the quiche. Asparagus is good at elevating everything else that's in a dish as well.
Take a look at this great asparagus quiche recipe!
3. Bell Peppers
Whether they're green, red, orange, or yellow, you can't go wrong with bell peppers. Each color adds its own specific sweetness to the dish. Bell peppers are vegetables that you will want to sautee before putting it into your quiche. This will not only help season them but also get excess moisture out of the peppers.
This recipe is an excellent choice for trying out a bell pepper quiche!
Where most vegetables are additions to dishes, broccoli is great at being the star. It has a hardy and filling nature that makes it easy for broccoli to be the main ingredient in a dish like this. Not to mention that its flavor pairs very well with not only egg but pretty much anything. Since broccoli is a bit thicker, you will want to boil or sautee it first to ensure it's not still partially raw when the quiche comes out of the oven.
This broccoli quiche recipe does a great job of showing the flavor of this vegetable!
No other vegetable has a flavor like a carrot. So it makes sense that its unique qualities would go great in a quiche! It is also very versatile since it can be shredded, cut, and pureed before being added in. It gives a sweetness to the dish that the other vegetables on this list lack.
Here is a fantastic carrot quiche recipe to try!
Celery has been used for a very long time to elevate a dish with its satisfying crunch, and quiche is not different! Since it does tend to lack any real flavor, celery is great at uplifting other ingredients. For a quiche, you'll just want to cut it fairly small before adding it in since it can be stringy.
Try this quiche recipe to see what celery can add to it!
A vegetable that is great at combining flavor and crunch is corn. It's easy to add it with other thing or pack it in and make it the main ingredient.
Check out this corn quiche recipe!
8. Green Beans
Green beans are usually seen as a side to dishes and not nearly often enough added to them. Green beans bring a similar flavor and texture to asparagus, except they're not usually as stringy. You can cut them up or leave them in whole and still have a pleasant quiche.
Here is a good green bean quiche recipe to try out!
Onions are another very versatile vegetable. You can prepare them in a lot of different ways to bring great flavors to any dish. Although they're not usually the main ingredient in a dish, they do a great job filling that spot in a quiche.
This onion quiche recipe is the perfect example of what an onion can do!
Right next to onions in terms of versatility are mushrooms. Mushrooms can also be a great addition or the main ingredient. When adding mushrooms to a quiche, you just want to make sure to sautee them first.
Try this great mushroom quiche recipe!
Peas are another great example of combining flavor and texture. They may not be quite as flavorful or crunchy as corn, but they still bring a unique addition to any dish. They also go surprisingly well with so many different ingredients.
This sweet pea and bacon quiche recipe is a perfect display of peas!
Potatoes are most likely the hardiest vegetable you can find. It's also incredibly versatile and great and filling out dishes. When adding potatoes into quiche, you'll just want to make sure you cut them small and cook them first. Shredding them is another great way to mix things up!
Try the potato-crusted quiche recipe!
There is no other vegetable on this list quite like spinach. Due to its structure, it breaks down in the quiche, so you may want to add more than you think at first. You might also want to precook the spinach to help you know exactly how much you want to add.
For a delicious spinach quiche recipe, try this one!
Tomatoes are one of those vegetables that are great cooked and raw. Either way, deciding to add them will bring a great acidity and freshness to your quiche.
To see what tomatoes can do in this dish, try this tomato and basil quiche!
The last vegetable featured on this list is the mighty yam! Commonly referred to as sweet potatoes, this root vegetable is a healthier substitute for potatoes. It's often featured for its sweetness in many dishes.
Putting this vegetable on full display is this sweet potato quiche recipe!
More Quiche Questions
There is more to making a quiche than just what vegetables you put in it. You need to know how to get exactly what you want from your quiche!
Can I Substitute Frozen Broccoli For Fresh In A Quiche?
You can use frozen broccoli in your quiche. Choosing any of these vegetables frozen instead of fresh will work. Just make sure that you thaw it out first or find a recipe that calls for it to stay frozen. Canned vegetables will also work just makes sure to dry them thoroughly.
Do You Cook Vegetables Before Putting In Quiche?
How you prepare your vegetables depends on the vegetable, the recipe, and your personal preference. Some vegetables like mushrooms should be cooked first to get as much moisture as possible out of them. Other ingredients like potatoes should be cooked to make sure that they are cooked all the way through. For most of the vegetables, however, you can make them work with or without cooking them.
Can Vegetable Quiche Be Frozen?
Vegetable quiche can be frozen. It can even be frozen before or after you cook it! Cooking it first will make it easier to get it into the freezer without spilling, but freezing it raw might give it a fresher taste when you defrost and cook it. Just make sure to seal it properly with freezer bags or another method before freezing.
Is Homemade Quiche Healthy?
This is a very debatable question since it depends on what you put in it. Quiche can be made very healthy since all you need for the base ingredients are eggs and milk. You could even use a healthier dairy-free milk substitute. It's even possible to make your quiche without a crust. The other ingredients you add will determine whether your quiche is healthy or not.
When it comes to choosing vegetables for your quiche, the sky is the limit. The only things you have to think about are how much water it will add to the dish and if it will cook thoroughly. Both of those concerns can usually be relieved by cooking your vegetable and making sure it's as dry as possible before adding it into your quiche.
You can make it as healthy or unhealthy as you'd like, and even freeze it for later! With those things in mind, you can go and start trying all of these delicious recipes!
To learn about some great ways to prepare your vegetables for your quiche, click on the links below!