Do you want to prepare a special breakfast or brunch for your family or close friends for Christmas or New Year’s morning? This easy breakfast quiche recipe is simple to make, and an added bonus is that you can make it ahead and freeze the quiche until the morning you need it. It is also a great transportable item to take to a potluck brunch!
The cranberries make this quiche very appropriate-looking for the holidays, but as you may remember, I think cranberries make any recipe better!
Breakfast Quiche with Sausage and Cranberries
1 9-inch frozen deep-dish pie shell
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
Fresh parsley or sage leaves for garnish
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Let the frozen pie shell stand at room temperature ten minutes; do not prick the shell. Bake seven minutes. Remove from the oven and set the pie shell aside.
Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Crumble and cook the sausage and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the sausage is browned. Drain off any drippings. Remove the mixture from heat; stir in the cranberries. Sprinkle cheese on the bottom of the pie shell; top evenly with the sausage mixtures. Combine the eggs and half-and-half in a medium bowl. Whisk until these are blended, but not frothy. Pour the egg mixture over the sausage mixture in the pie shell.
Bake 40-45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the quiche comes out clean. Let the quiche stand ten minutes before serving. Garnish the quiche with fresh parsley. Refrigerate your leftovers.
Make 6 servings
To complete your brunch menu, you may want to add a choice of fruit juices, blueberry muffins, scones or quick bread (or any number of other flavors), and a fresh fruit salad (citrus, berries, apples, pears, peaches or other options like kiwi or mango). You could add a potato or even a vegetable like asparagus or fresh green beans or a green salad.
So simplify your holiday breakfast by making this quiche ahead of time, and then, because your breakfast entree is already prepared, you will be able to sit down to enjoy a very special morning with your family and friends. Enjoy!