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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did you get hit by this round of crazy April weather?
What are your favorite quiche ingredients?
Sausage and Green Apple Quiche
- 1 unbaked pie crust homemade or store-bought
- 1 package Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage
- 1½ Tbsp olive oil
- 1 large or 2 medium yellow onions, diced
- 3 large eggs
- ⅓ 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
- 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.
This Sausage and Green Apple Quiche post is written by me on behalf of Johnsonville Sausage. The opinions and recipe are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Spiced!