Sausage and Green Apple Quiche

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This tasty Sausage and Green Apple Quiche is perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner!What the heck, Old Man Winter?  After one of the mildest winters in recent memory, the snow finally arrived this week in upstate New York.  We had somewhere around 6″ of snow on Monday, and that makes April the snowiest month on record this winter.  Yup, April.  We have daffodils starting to pop up in the yard.  And now they’re covered in snow.  

I happened to be out grocery shopping on Monday morning when the worst of the snow came through our area.  And I was totally not dressed for the occasion.  I did have my big winter jacket, but I only had sneakers on.  Sneakers that soon became drenched and then encased in ice after I slogged across a couple of parking lots.

This tasty Sausage and Green Apple Quiche is perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner!On this week’s shopping list: infant sunscreen lotion.  As I was making my way across the store to hunt for the lotion, I noticed a rack of ice salt on clearance.  Clearly the store didn’t anticipate the random April snow, so they had put their stock of ice salt on clearance.  Needless to say, I grabbed a container for our driveway.  It’s not often that you buy sunscreen lotion and ice salt on the same shopping trip.

This tasty Sausage and Green Apple Quiche is perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner!Also on this week’s shopping list: sausage.  Sausage biscuits (with a little bit of butter) have long been one of my favorite comfort foods.  Every time I go to Nashville to visit my Mom, I can count on sausage biscuits showing up at least once.  Simple and delicious!  But this time, the sausage was destined for an actual recipe.  The sausage was destined for this Sausage and Green Apple Quiche.

I grabbed a pack of Johnsonville’s Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage.  Ok, in truth, I grabbed two.  (I still wanted a round of my sausage biscuits, after all!)  Do you guys ever do breakfast for dinner?  Every once in a while, Laura lets me go all-out breakfast style on dinner, and this time I was craving a quiche.  I pulled out my basic quiche recipe, but I decided to put a little twist in there.  Green apples.  The sweet tartness of green apples actually pairs quite well with the sausage.

This tasty Sausage and Green Apple Quiche is perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner!The trick to using green apples in quiche, though, is to shred the apples.  Unlike apple pie where I typically slice the apples, I like to shred the apples on a course grater for quiche.  (Make sure to peel the apples first, though!)  This shredding method makes sure that the apples get fully mixed throughout the quiche.  In fact, you could call green apples your secret weapon for this Sausage and Green Apple Quiche.  Unless you saw the apples go in, you might not realize they’re in there.  But the result is one delicious quiche that’s perfect for breakfast, brunch or perhaps dinner.

This tasty Sausage and Green Apple Quiche is perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner!Johnsonville’s Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage is great for any sort of quiche recipe.  Not only does it taste great, but you also don’t have to worry about pre-cooking the sausage.  Just chop it up and drop it straight into the quiche.  Throw the whole thing into the oven and walk away.  Or go do some dishes.  Or go shovel snow out of the driveway.

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This tasty Sausage and Green Apple Quiche is perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner!

Sausage and Green Apple Quiche

This tasty Sausage and Green Apple Quiche is perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 406kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 unbaked pie crust homemade or store-bought
  • 1 package Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage
  • Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large or 2 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 3 large eggs
  • cup milk
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 cup fresh spinach coarsely chopped
  • 2 green apples peeled and shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Roll out the pie dough into an 11” circle. Grease and flour an 8” x 2” tart pan. Carefully press dough into pan, pinching off any excess dough.
  • Using a fork, prick bottom and sides of dough every ~2”.
  • Bake pie crust for 10-12 minutes, or until it just begins to turn golden brown.
  • Remove crust from oven and set aside.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  • Slice sausage links into ½” cubes; set sausage aside.
  • Using a large skillet, add olive oil and place over medium-high heat. Once hot, add diced onions and sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes, or until onions begin to soften. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Using a large bowl, beat the eggs until well combined. Add all remaining ingredients (sausage, onions, milk, cream, sugar thyme, salt, pepper, both cheeses, spinach and shredded apples); stir until well combined.
  • Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  • Bake at 350°F for 65-70 minutes, or until top of quiche is set and golden brown in color. (Note: To test for doneness, insert a knife into center of quiche. If it comes out clean, then quiche is done.)
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing into wedges.

Notes

This quiche can be fully cooked a day ahead. Simply reheat it by placing it in a 200° oven for 20-25 minutes, or until warmed through.

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40 Comments

  1. WOW! snow again! Its beautiful right ?
    This quiche combo sounds interesting to me. I can have this anytime and wish I could grab a slice right now. Looks gorgeous and delicious 🙂

    1. I do think snow is beautiful…but I’m also ready for warm weather! I guess we can’t complain as we didn’t get too much snow here this year. And I agree with you on quiche…it’s perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Thank you! 🙂

  2. Yum! I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! And what a classic combo of apples and sausage!! Around here we still have snow too! All of it was gone and them we just had more. Ugh. I can’t believe it. After all, it IS April, right?! I think that means we will have an extra nice upcoming Summer 😉

    1. Yeah, I’m hoping we have a really nice summer, Dawn! I did see something on the weather channel saying that summer temps in northern half of country will be significantly hotter. I hope that doesn’t mean too hot!

  3. I hope that weather changes quick! Those daffodils need a little sunshine! I totally love breakfast for dinner, but I can only do it when Rod is out of town! He hates it! The kids and I totally plan a huge breakfast meal every time he’s gone! This quiche looks amazing. The apple sounds like an interesting addition! I’m going to have to give this a try!

    1. Tell me about it, Kathy! I’m also hoping that our fruit trees in the backyard didn’t quite bud yet. Because if they did, it might be another slow year for backyard fruit. I totally didn’t shovel any of that snow either. I rumbled right over it with the car knowing that today it will be in the 50s and rainy. Goodbye, snow! Breakfast for dinner is awesome, and I jump at the chance. Usually it’s when Laura is out of town, too. Give shredded apples a shot next time you make a quiche! 🙂

  4. Apple in quiche sounds super intriguing! I’m a big fan of apple in other savory dishes (I love it in chicken salads and stuffing), so I’m sure I’ll love this too. That’s pretty funny about buying sunscreen in the middle of a snowstorm – but hey, the weather may change any day, and it’s good to be prepared! We got a bit of snow in southeast Michigan, but it didn’t really stick around.

    1. Yup, sausage and apples go so well together…so I figured why not include shredded apples in the quiche, too? And it totally worked! Yeah, this snow didn’t stick around long either, but it sure was pretty nasty when it was coming down on Monday. Is it spring yet?? 🙂

  5. David, what a fantastic idea to add green apple to a quiche with sausage! Just fantastic! Not to mention, so totally YUM!
    I’ve been hearing about the snow hitting the north – ugh! Unfortunately, I don’t have any snow-woes – we are nice and warm here in ATL – though the mornings are chilly at around 45-ish degrees – but cannot complain as afternoons are in the 60s and 70s!

    1. Totally yum, Shashi! I love apples + sausage, so I figured why not throw them into the quiche together. 🙂 You know what’s funny, though? 45 was chilly when we lived in Atlanta (I loved those chilly mornings…esp in the Fall), but now 45 is warm. Hah!

  6. Hi David! Apple, pork and onion are meant to be together. I use that combo in my stuffing which BTW makes for really tasty waffles when mixed with an egg! We do breakfast for supper at least a couple of times a month. We are turned we are having sunny, warm days, but friends in MI no so much! 🙂

    1. Hmmm…stuffing for waffles? I like where you are going with this one, Dorothy. I think I need to play around with that idea for sure! I’m jealous of your part of the country, too. I’ve been saying that I want to move to eastern Tennessee or western North Carolina whenever we leave this area…which will be quite some time I’m sure. But still. 🙂

  7. The recipe title alone had me! This sounds amazing, love the flavor combo in this one Dave. I love shredded, tart apples in salads, too. Nice job on this quiche!
    My favs in it are pancetta and gouda, but hey, this would easily do of dinner tonight. 🙂

    1. Pancetta and gouda? Wow, that sounds like an awesome combo, too, Kevin! Tart apples are a solid addition in quiche…and they go so well with sausage. 🙂 Thanks, my friend!

  8. So do you taste apple in the quiche? Or does it just lend tartness? I’ve never had sausage paired with apple, but I wonder why not? It sounds like a good combo. And breakfast for dinner? Yes!

    1. To be honest, you don’t really taste the apple at all, Jeff. There is a slight tartness and a slight sweetness, but there’s no way you’d know it was apples if I didn’t tell ya. Give it a shot sometime!

  9. I never thought about putting apples in a quiche. Great idea, I think that the sausage and the apple would pair nicely. Looks delicious! Here in Minnesota, it has been cold all week, some parts of Minnesota have had snow, but we have just had rain. I can’t wait for it to warm up.

    1. Sausage and apple do pair well together, Dawn. I got the idea because one of my go-to Thanksgiving stuffings involves apples and sausage. So why not in a quiche instead? And tell me about it…I am so ready for warmer days. This is the hardest part of the winter…we’re almost there, but then Old Man Winter keeps showing up randomly. Soon enough though. Soon enough!

  10. Dude, you should have seen the downpour when I arrived in Melbourne- the day before, it was amazing and warm and then BOOM. Stupid.

    Mother nature must have been cranky ha! Now this looks absolutely delicious and love how you added apple for some sweetness- I’ll send some runners over for a slice…or the whole thing.

    1. That means you brought the rain with you from LA, huh? I’m sure your friends are thinking you for that one. I know it’s just chatting via comments, but it seems different chatting with you know that you’re back in Australia. You better hope your runners have floaties because that’s a long swim from down there! 🙂

  11. You have snow? That’s just crazy! Tell the weather to go home, as it is clearly drunk. It’s meant to be spring.
    I love that you had added apple to a quiche, so unique. But then, apple does go really well with sausage.

    1. Haha! Seriously! It’s past closing time, and Old Man Winter needs to just go home for the night. The snow didn’t stick around more than 1-2 days, but it sure was nasty when it was coming down. So I did the logical thing, and came home to make a quiche for dinner! 🙂

    1. Thanksgiving is totally where I got the inspiration for this quiche, Annie! I know it’s April and not November, but sausage + green apples is too good of a combo to save for only once a year! Thank you so much for commenting! 🙂

  12. Oh no, 6 inches of snow in April? That’s no good! We didn’t get any snow here in the city, but the weather did get chilly. I think I celebrated the warm Spring weather too soon… 🙁 Anyways… back to this delicious quiche! I’ve been on a major sausage kick lately. My husband even pointed out that every grocery store visit means at least one package of sausage (breakfast sausage, chorizo, kielbasa, you name it!). So now I might start getting 3 or 4, just to have them on hand. Sausage and apples are the most perfect combination, so your quiche will definitely make the menu soon! 🙂

    1. Yeah, we definitely started celebrating the warmer weather too soon. That’s why I didn’t even bother with the boots when I went out the other day. Big mistake! Hey, I’m right there with ya on the sausage kick. There’s just so many good varieties out there…and I have to be fair to all of ’em, right? 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, Olivia!

  13. Oh boy, this spring. I am wondering should we blame the groundhog for such weather (I missed what did it predict)? But it will be better, David. Besides, this weather allows to have some comfort food like this delish pie, right? And I’ve got a little secret – I’ve never made a quiche (Although I’ve made other kinds of savory pies). P.S.I would have added some sage too here.

    1. So I went and looked it up. Phil predicted an early spring. And he was right…until this week when the snow showed up. Snow in April? Seriously? But I like the way you think, Ben. This late snow means we can keep on enjoying some of that cold weather comfort food! Now go make a quiche. And put some sage in there–that would be a great addition!

  14. Yes we got about the same and it’s still hanging out. Go away!! Baby sunscreen? Where is the little man heading already? I love that you shredded the apples in this. I have to try it!

    1. So we grabbed the baby sunscreen because they often take the kids out to play outside during daycare. They’ve kept the little ones (his class) indoors until now, but with the weather getting nicer (sorta) we figured we should be prepared. I was actually just thinking about you the other day, Z! I saw some photos of your little man on Facebook…what a charmer! The ladies better watch out. 🙂 Hope you guys are doing well. Hang in there…I swear warmer weather is coming. Right?

    1. Count yourself lucky about the lack of snow over there, Miriam! I used to live in the southern part of the U.S., and I always dreamed of snow. Now I’m way over it! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting…nice to ‘meet’ ya! And p.s. I love London. My wife and I have been talking about taking a trip over there, and we’re trying to debate whether it’s worth doing since we have a 4-month old son now. Either way, London is on the list!

  15. David this is my favorite. You know what. I never had a quiche or a green apple sausage combo. Reading thru the ingredients i can see that it would taste lovely. I can have it at any point of time

    1. You are totally right, Smitha! Sausage and green apples are actually a pretty tasty combo, and the best part about quiche is that it can be served at any meal. Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

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