Cheesy Quiche with Hash Brown Crust
Let’s do brunch the right way! This Cheesy Quiche with Hash Brown Crust is loaded with bacon, onions, peppers and 2 types of cheese. Yum!
So we finally arrived in modern times and installed a smart home device. I’m not gonna lie – working from home is a cool thing. But on occasion I do miss that personal interaction that comes from coworkers standing around the proverbial water cooler. Now I have that problem solved! Alexa and I have conversations. The water cooler might be the kitchen sink, but I still have someone I can chat with here at home now. It’s kinda cool. And you should hear our conversations!
Me: Alexa, what is the conversion from tablespoons to cups for butter?
Alexa: I have answered this question for 5 days straight. Do you still need the answer?
Then Robbie learned how to use Alexa. That’s when things changed. Robbie is home sick from preschool today, and I’m sitting in my office listening to Jingle Bells. Nothing strange to see here. Just listening to Jingle Bells in May. Robbie loves Jingle Bells, and he doesn’t quite get the concept that we only listen to Christmas songs during the holidays. So he’s sitting next to me saying, “Alexa, play Jingle Bells”…on repeat. At this rate, I’ll be full of the holiday spirit long before we ever reach December!
Despite the music in the background, we’re actually heading into the warmer months here in upstate New York. Mother’s Day is this weekend, and I’m always a sucker for brunch food! Enter this Cheesy Quiche with Hash Brown Crust. I’m a huge fan of quiche, and this version is loaded with 2 types of Cabot cheese along with onions, bell peppers and bacon. Oh, and did you catch that part about the hash brown crust? Yup, a crust made out of hash brown potatoes. Talk about the perfect brunch food! (Laura might disagree as she’s never been a fan of eggy dishes, but that just means more cheesy quiche for me, right?)
Cheesy Quiche with Hash Brown Crust
The best part about this Cheesy Quiche with Hash Brown Crust is that you can adapt the flavors to your own liking…or whatever you happen to have in the pantry. Truth be told, I was only going to use a red bell pepper in this quiche. Then I opened the fridge and saw an extra green bell pepper. Why not? So the recipe got changed to include 2 bell peppers, and I’m glad I did. How fun does this quiche look!?
For this quiche, I used combination of Cabot’s Seriously Sharp Cheddar and Pepper Jack cheeses. However, you can use any combination of cheeses that you’d like. If you don’t like spicy foods, then use Cabot’s Monterey Jack Cheese instead of the Pepper Jack. Want to add another layer of flavor? Add in some Cabot Tomato Basil Cheddar Cheese. If you love using different cheeses when baking (and who doesn’t!?), then check out Cabot Creamery’s recipe page for more inspiration!
Speaking of all these delicious Cabot cheeses, have you seen Cabot’s new packaging? In celebration of their 100th birthday (!!), Cabot Creamery has redesigned the packaging for their award-winning cheeses. Their Extra Sharp Cheddar and Medium Cheddar both won gold medals at the recent 2019 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest. I say congrats to that!
Cabot Creamery is a co-op owned by farm families throughout New England & New York, and 100% of profits go back to the farmers. On top of that, their cheese is delicious! Cabot is our go-to cheese, and I always make sure to keep several types stocked in our fridge. (Click here to find Cabot products in your area!) Seriously Sharp and Pepper Jack are two of my favorites…which is why I used that combination in this Cheesy Quiche with Hash Brown Crust.
If you’re looking for a tasty brunch recipe, then put this cheesy quiche on the menu. The flavor is top-notch, and the hash brown crust is a unique twist. Taken together, this recipe raced right up to the top of my list. And now I’m off to listen to Jingle Bells again. Happy baking!
Did you make this Cheesy Quiche with Hash Brown Crust at home? Leave a comment. Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog)!
Looking for more deliciously cheesy recipes? Check out these other favorites:
Bacon-Wrapped Breadsticks with Queso
No Knead Cheddar Dill Bread
Bacon Cheddar Ranch Cheeseball
Smoked Chili con Queso
Bacon Cheddar Popovers
Cheesy Quiche with Hash Brown Crust
For the Hash Brown Crust
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
For the Quiche
- 8 oz. thick-cut bacon cut into ½” pieces
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 1 green bell pepper diced
- 1 jalapeno seeds and ribs removed, diced
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 cup shredded Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar
- ½ cup shredded Cabot Pepper Jack
- 6 large eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp black pepper
- green onions chopped
- Using a large deep skillet, add oil and place over medium-high heat. Once hot, add frozen hash browns and press into an even layer. Season with salt and pepper. Cook without stirring for 10-12 minutes, or until bottom is golden brown and crisp.
- Carefully flip hash browns and continue cooking for 6-8 more minutes, or until both sides are golden brown.
- Spray a 9” pie pan with nonstick baking spray. Transfer hash browns into the pan, pressing into bottom and sides to form a “crust.”
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Using a large skillet, add bacon and cook over medium-high heat until crispy. Transfer bacon to a paper-towel lined plate, but reserve ~1 Tbsp of bacon grease in skillet.
- Add onion, bell pepper and jalapeno to skillet; cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until onions have softened. Add garlic and continue cooking for 1-2 more minutes, stirring often.
- Using a large bowl, add shredded cheeses, eggs, milk, salt, cumin and black pepper; whisk until well combined. Add onion mixture and cooked bacon; stir until well combined.
- Pour egg mixture into pie pan. Bake for 45 minutes, tenting with foil after 30 minutes to prevent the top from burning. (Note: When done, a knife inserted into the center of the quiche should come out clean.)
- Let cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
- Before serving, garnish with chopped green onions.
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Hahaha! I’m dying over the image of Robbie playing Jingle Bells over and over–and also imagining the conversations you and Alexa have. I talk to Cookie all day long and imagine she’s replying so maybe I should get an Alexa before I go too crazy-dog-mom. As for this quiche, I don’t even care what the filling is made of. Anything with a hash brown crust (!!!!) is a winner in my book!
Oh man, I wish you were here to see the madness that comes with Jingle Bells playing on repeat. I mean I love me some holiday music…just not in May! The bonus about having Alexa around is that she’ll actually respond to you. However, I think Cookie would be a much better companion overall! 🙂 Also, quiche = delicious. And hash browns! Yum!!
Lol! Too cute! Which reminds me…I have to change the telephone ring tone from a holiday song to a regular one! Ha….it’s been on so long that I’ve kinda gotten used to it. We have Alexa now because brother gave it to us for Christmas. Though, it does freak me out sometimes when she randomly says something like ‘I didn’t get that.’ Hmmmmmm……Alexa you’re being too nosy, lol. Anywho…cheese. Oh, and secondly, CHEESE! These looks so perfect for weekend brunch. All I’d need is a big hunk of this and lots o coffee! Hope you’re having an awesome week 🙂
You’re just as bad as Robbie, Dawn! A holiday ring tone still? It’s May! I totally know what you mean about Alexa chiming in out of the blue sometimes. She’s still a work in progress I guess. It’s funny. We use Alexa to play music on the house speakers, and sometimes she doesn’t get it quite right. That’s when Laura gets annoyed at her and starts giving her a “talking to.” 🙂
But, yes, cheese! I’m pretty sure I could curl up with a block of cheddar and be perfectly happen…but this quiche totally fit the bill, too! Thanks so much, my friend!
This looks like a perfect brunch recipe, David.
I have never tried this quiche before, but those ingredients look quite familiar to me. I’m sure it tastes great too!
And oh, I need to get a smart home device soon. It’s been on my list for a while.
This quiche is a really tasty one, Harshad! From the 2 types of cheese to the peppers and hash brown crust…there’s so much flavor going on there! And, yes, smart home devices are fun as long as you don’t have a 3-year-old playing holiday music on them. Haha! Thanks so much for the comment, my friend!
This does sound very delicious david. When you say frozen shredded hash browns, do they come frozen and shredded already or do you shred them? Not something we have here in Australia I feel:-). Thanks sherry
Hey Sherry! It is interesting chatting with folks from other countries as the groceries differ so much. In fact, whenever Laura and I go on vacation outside of the States, we like to stop in grocery stores to see the different foods.
Frozen hash browns here are indeed shredded potatoes. Here’s a link: https://bit.ly/2DYhoQC I know I’ve seen recipes online for how to make them yourself, but I’ve never tried it. I’ll have to put that on the list. I suspect they’re just shredded potatoes. I do know they make an excellent crust for this cheesy quiche though!
Nope. No monterey jack here either:)
Oh my goodness! No monterey jack!? Colby jack maybe? Havarti? Geez…as I’m sitting here thinking about different cheeses, I realized how much I love cheese. Haha!
Oh and bell peppers are our capsicums:-). Funny how so many terms are different. Pepper jack? A peppery cheese 🧀? i.e. with black pepper?
Hey again, Sherry! You nailed on the bell peppers vs. capsicums. Hmmm…no pepper jack cheese in Australia? That one is a favorite of mine! Cabot’s Pepper Jack (https://www.cabotcheese.coop/pepper-jack-cheese) is always in our fridge. It’s similar to Monterey Jack, so it’s super creamy and melts really well…but it’s got jalapenos (not black pepper) mixed in. You could probably replicate the concept with Monterey Jack + diced jalapenos. Or you could certainly just replace the Pepper Jack with more cheddar. Cheddar is always a winner! 🙂
Nope. No monterey jack here either:)
LOL to your Alexa conversations. I love it! 😀
This recipe sounds and looks so delicious — I love brunch foods all day long, every day. Pepper Jack cheese is such a fabulous spicy addition to eggs.
I’m with ya on the brunch foods, Valentina! I absolutely love breakfast foods, and I’m pretty sure I could eat breakfast for every meal of the day. This quiche? Yum! In fact, I ate this quiche for lunch leftovers, and it was awesome. I looked forward to my lunch every day! 🙂
I am so glad you have made a new friend in Alexa! 😉
I completely get what you say about working from home! I spend a bit of time in coffee shops for that reason – I need chats hehe 🙂
This sounds delicious, by the way! What a nice brunch recipe or dinner with a nice salad!
Haha! Alexa and I are best buds now. Although I might have to reconsider that friendship if she keeps letting Robbie play Jingle Bells. 🙂 Thanks so much, Alexandra!!
David, this quiche looks fantastic and that hash brown crust is everything! You really can’t beat the potato, cheese, bacon, and pepper combination!
Oh man, that hash brown crust! Crispy hash browns plus cheesy quiche is my new favorite thing! 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day, Kelly!
Hmmmm….sounds like Alexa has developed a bit of an attitude! I wonder if she’ll laugh at your jokes? 😉 This quiche sounds delicious and perfect for a weekend brunch!
Hmmm…that’s a good question, Kathy! I know Alexa can tell jokes, but I wonder if I can get her to start laughing at my jokes. I’ll have to test that one out later. Haha! In the meantime, I hope you had a very Happy Mother’s Day, my friend!
LOL! Robbie is something else, David! I’m glad you share stories about him – I think we all feel like we know him!!
This quiche looks beyond incredible! So cheesy and love that hash brown crust!
Awesome! I’m so glad you enjoy the stories of Robbie, Marissa. Stay tuned…I’ve got a fun post coming up on Wednesday. 🙂 Also, this quiche is SO darned good. I enjoyed heating up the leftovers for lunch each day. This is a yummy one for sure. Thank you so much, my friend!
I’m a big fan of quiche. Its such a great versatile recipe. Cold with a salad at lunch or hot with some veg for dinner, either way its delicious. Great idea to use hash browns for the base instead of pastry too! You’re brave listening to Robbie playing “Jingle Bells” on repeat using your Alexa. I think that would drive me mad!! 😀
You’re totally right there, Neil! Quiche really is one of those recipes that can serve multiple purposes. Breakfast, Lunch even Dinner. Heck, I rewarmed these leftovers for lunch, and they were amazing! The crispy hash browns on top? Yum! Also, for the record, Jingle Bells on repeat is absolutely driving me mad. But with a 3-year old, you pick your battles. 🙂
Haha! Wow, Alexa is sassy with ya! Almost as sassy as Siri is with me! Seriously, what a fun device to have! Have y’all automated appliances/doors etc to work with Alexa? Resaon I ask is I was at a smart home tour not too long ago and they had a smart oven and stove stop and fridge – and could turn stuff on and off via their phones as well as “peer” into their fridge! It was too cool! Btw – I couldn’t help chuckling at Robbie’s interactions w/ Alexa! Definitely an “America’s funniest videos” moment – eh? 🙂 Now – onto this – David, a hash brown crust??? Omgee – that alone has me smiling! What a fun-tastic Mother’s day brunch idea – gosh, I might have to take a lesson from Robbie and trick Lil S into thinking Mother’s day is next weekend again and get her to make this.. ?!
I know! Alexa has got some attitude. So we have hooked several of our devices into Alexa, and it’s pretty cool. It’s also a little bit scary how connected everything is now. We have the smart oven feature, but I honestly turned it off. I thought the whole thing was silly.
In other news, this quiche. Shashi! This quiche is amazing. The hash brown crust gets nice and golden crunchy. Combine that with the cheesy filling? Yum!! I’m thinking you can totally celebrate Mother’s Day again next weekend. Pass this recipe along to Lil S with a wink and a smile! Speaking of Mother’s Day, I hope you had a great one, my friend! 🙂
Loved this quiche. Made it for breakfast this morning.
This really stays with you a long time. Didn’t eat until
dinner and that was a light one.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful quiche. Will make it often.
Hey B! Thank you so much for stopping back by and leaving a comment/rating here. I really appreciate it! This quiche truly is delicious, and I’m so glad you enjoyed it. (The leftovers also make for a great lunch…just sayin’!) 🙂
This flavorful quiche is my go-to brunch dish. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Thanks so much, Marie! I do love a good quiche, and the hash brown crust here is delicious!!