Quiche Lorraine

A traditional French recipe that incorporates the classic flavor combination of ham, onion, and cheeses in a custard. Serve with a soup and/or salad to make a meal.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting time5 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course - Other, Main Course - Pork
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Catherine Christiano


Standard Pie Pastry for one 9 inch pie shell

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4 cup julienned canadian bacon or ham
  • 1/3 cup onion approximately 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup grated swiss cheese 4 ounces
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Line 9" pie plate with pastry, prick with fork to prevent bubbles from forming, and bake 5 minutes.
  • In a 9 inch skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and ham; saute until  onion is golden, approximately 7 minutes. Distribute evenly in baked pastry shell. Distribute cheeses on top.
  • In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, nutmeg, salt, and pepper, avoid foaming. Pour over onion-cheese mixture.
  • Bake 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F; continue baking until knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Let rest 5 minutes, then serve while hot.


Serve with soup, salad, or steamed vegetables. Bacon trimmed of all fat can be substituted for ham. Gruyere cheese can be substituted for the Swiss. 2% milk can be used in place of whole milk. For a richer option, cream can be used in place of the milk.