Quiche is a round and flat savory pastry with a filling made from eggs, milk and a variety of vegetables and meats. The pie-like specialty originated in the Lorraine region of France.

The classic version is called ‘Quiche Lorraine’ as it stems from the Lorraine region of France. It is eaten hot as an appetizer or a main dish. It was originally made from bread dough, which was replaced in modern cuisine with pastry. Regional variations are the Quiche vosgienne with spicy cheese from the Vosges region and the Quiche alsacienne with onions from Alsace.

Tomato Quiche, savory tarte from France

The French name for the pie-like pastry was derived in 1845 by the Alsatian word ‘Kichel’ or ‘Küchel’ which is the dialect diminutive for the German word for ‘cake’.

Today, similar dishes which also contain shortcrust, milk and eggs are often offered under the name ‘Quiche’. Common additional ingredients are spinach, leeks or other vegetables. Although they are rather called ‘tarte’ and not quiche in France, this name got naturalized on both sides of the Rhine.

Try the traditional Quiche Lorraine or get creative and add your own ingredients to our original recipe!

 

 


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Images:
Spagetti-Quiche by Katrin Gilger, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Quiches by Brett Jordan on Unsplash