Caramelised Onion and Cheddar Cheese Quiche

Quiche, which is essentially a savoury tart, has been a staple in my diet for the majority of the past two decades. Almost all of these tarts have included onion, cheese, bacon and mushroom and have been made by my mother. Whilst this variety of quiche is by no means a disappointment, the time has come for a change. So, this week when it was announced that the much cooked quiche would once again feature on the weekly menu, I made the dramatic move of insisting on the injection of a little variety. It was a massive success, though if you prefer an entirely healthy lifestyle it may not be one for you. You may blame BBC GoodFood for this, since that’s where the recipe was discovered.

I got rebuked by Katherine only yesterday for ingesting rather too much butter and double cream as I’m supposed to be on some kind of self-imposed healthy eating period. I think the straw that broke the camel’s back, not that my girlfriend is a camel, was that both this quiche and the Welsh cakes were made on the same day. Thankfully the Welsh cakes are all but consumed, mostly by myself I may add, as is the quiche which was so ridiculously delectable I shall struggle to avoid making it again.

The secret to making this tart a resounding success is to use a very good quality mature cheddar cheese as it will work well in combination with the sweetness of the caramelised onions. If one were to use a mild cheese the quiche would probably gain nothing except texture from its addition. To be honest, I find it hard to comprehend why anyone partakes in mild cheese – it has very little flavour so merely serves a rather perverse fat-adding purpose. I realise that a good strong cheddar probably isn’t to everyone’s taste, but instead of bludgeoning your arteries for no reason why not remove cheese from your diet altogether?

The pastry for this quiche was made according to my own recipe for short-crust, which was posted only a couple of weeks ago. Please give it a go, as home made pastry is much better and more satisfying than shop bought pastry. I’m thoroughly thankful that I dedicated a post entirely to short-crust pastry – if I hadn’t I’d have to type out the method every time, which wouldn’t be fun.

Caramelised Onion and Cheddar Cheese Quiche 

Serves 4

Ingredients:

• 300ml double cream

• 500g onion, finely sliced

• 140g mature cheddar cheese, grated

• 2 eggs

• Seasoning

Method:

1. While the pastry case in being blind baked fry the onions for 20-30 minutes in a little olive oil – this will give them enough time to start caramelising. One could leave them to cook for another hour, but we’re not looking for fully caramelised onions since they work nicely with a little texture remaining.

2. Meanwhile, whisk two eggs in a large measuring jug. To this add the cream, half the cheese and a generous pinch of salt and pepper.

3. Once the pastry case has been blind baked, which should take 20-25 minutes in total, tip in the onions before covering with the cream and cheese mixture. Sprinkle over the remaining cheese and season with a little more pepper. Pop the quiche into the oven at 170C for 20-25 minutes, or the cheese has turned golden brown.

Cost: This quiche really is the height of decadence in terms of flavour and calories, the price is not. Including the pastry this quiche will set one back a mere £2.90, a bargain for something so indulgent and rich.

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95 comments on “Caramelised Onion and Cheddar Cheese Quiche

  1. Prerna
    October 21, 2011 at 11:18 am

    The quiche looks divine and I absolutely love this combination… sweet onion and sharp cheese…yum! Will give it a try soon.

  2. gardenfreshtomatoes
    October 21, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Oh, nice! I dearly love quiche, and have played around with the filling for years…will give this combo a go, and soon!

  3. Carroll
    October 21, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Looks so delicious! I just love all those onions!

  4. movita beaucoup
    October 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

    You had me at: 300ml double cream. Thank goodness I bought eggs yesterday…

    • frugalfeeding
      October 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

      Tell me about it! It’s best avoided though :P

  5. ceciliag
    October 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Oh I make this one too and it is a great favourite. With all our fresh eggs. Quiche is almost a standard around here.. love this one.. c

  6. cookinginsens
    October 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I like onion, cheese, bacon and mushrooms. Mothers know best :)

    • frugalfeeding
      October 22, 2011 at 10:23 am

      They often do, but this works very well too :D

  7. plummymummy
    October 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Well now…that looks very delicious. Will have a go when trying out your recipe for shortcrust pastry. Mind you I’ll have to chuck in some mushrooms or some veg just to make an attempt at going for one a day!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 22, 2011 at 10:24 am

      Thanks! Nahhh, one a day is over rated. You could have it with salad. If you add muchrooms make sure you cooked tem fully first otherwise they’ll release too much water and spoil the quiche somewhat.

  8. So Does That Mean I'm Southern
    October 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    This looks wonderful and I am inspired now to give it a try.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad I’ve given you inspiration. I hope it goes well if you do end up making it.

  9. Dalai Lina
    October 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Ms. Frugal, I’m trying to eat healthy this week and you are not helping. I’m pretty sure cream and cheese will be on my mind all day…

  10. ChgoJohn
    October 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Great combination of ingredients. All hail the King of Tarts!

  11. countrywoodsmoke
    October 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I must admit to not being really a quiche man, though this certainly looks delicious
    Cheers
    Marcus

    • frugalfeeding
      October 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Give it a try, it’s different to a lot of quiche. Though, how can you not like quiche? :D

  12. Savory Simple
    October 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I love caramelized onions in quiche!

  13. ohmygoodygoodness
    October 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    This looks absolutely divine! I believe I will have to put this on next weeks menu!

  14. Smedette
    October 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    There is so much delicious in those photos.

    Question about the cheese: do you have a difficult time finding vegetarian cheddar (made without animal rennet)? Sadly, most of the cheeses in my area are not vegetarian….how I miss cheese.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 22, 2011 at 10:28 am

      Thanks! I’ve never tried to find a vegetarian cheddar – I always thought cheddar cheese was vegetarian… woops. Though, apparently it’s not too rare… Perhaps try going to a cheese counter and ask – do you have a local deli or anything?

  15. economicacademic
    October 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    That looks amazing and so simple! I’m definitely trying this out this weekend!

  16. Katrina Tauchen
    October 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    This looks delicious! And the caramelized onions really make it special. I’m with you on the cheese; the stronger the better!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks so much – I’m glad, I don’t get food without flavour…

  17. threeblondesandatomas
    October 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    putting caramelized onions into any dish makes me an instant fan!! this looks divine!!

  18. mlspell
    October 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    This looks absolutely scrumptious.

  19. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    October 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Looks fabulous and I still have some onions!

  20. Arturo Féliz-Camilo
    October 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    you had me at “caramelized onion”! LOL!

  21. Kara Goldsborough
    October 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Things I love: quiche, caramelized onions, and cheese…I’m all set! Looks great!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 22, 2011 at 10:29 am

      I hope you like it if and when you make it :D

  22. Xina Lynn
    October 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Oh goodness, that looks incredible. Do I ever miss cheddar.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 23, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks! If I couldn’t or didn’t eat it I’d miss it so much.

  23. Jereme's Kitchen
    October 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    the combo of flavors is awesome!

  24. Liesel
    October 22, 2011 at 12:08 am

    This could be my undoing… Looks amazing!

  25. aslolife
    October 22, 2011 at 1:47 am

    That looks so delicious!!

  26. Kay aka Babygirl
    October 22, 2011 at 4:13 am

    I haven’t had quiche in such a lone time but this Caramelised Onion and Cheddar Cheese Quiche recipe looks amazing. If there’s cheese and onions involved.. I’m making it lol

    • frugalfeeding
      October 22, 2011 at 10:30 am

      Give it a go – it tastes absolutely fantastic.

  27. Jen R
    October 22, 2011 at 5:21 am

    So agree, why eat cheese if it hasnt agot a good bite!!

  28. inpursuitofrealfood
    October 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    oh my gosh, yum!

  29. thecompletecookbook
    October 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I would gladly come and help you consume this delicious quiche – purely to help you reduce your calorie intake – don’t want Katherine getting upset.
    Have a happy Sunday.
    :-) Mandy

  30. Tanja's kitchen
    October 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    definitely, have to try this one!!!

  31. jennrambles
    October 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I almost licked my computer screen. Off to find a website where I can convert metric into lame old standard measurements so I can eat this up.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2011 at 11:42 pm

      Now, careful, you might get a static shock if you get too entwined.

  32. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    October 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I could not agree with you more about mild cheddar. Frankly, it would be better to eat cardboard. :)

    Beautiful looking tart – love all the golden onions in it!

  33. shapingmyhome
    October 24, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Wow this looks really yummy! I think I will have to try this one day.

  34. lambyknits01
    October 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Yum! I love caramelized onions :) The addition of cheese and carbs takes this to new decadent levels! :) I would love to try this, thanks for sharing!

  35. fitlife funlife
    October 24, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Love carmelized onions. So decadent yet simple!

  36. Shelby
    October 25, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Quiche always sounds appetizing and this recipe especially!!! Lovely blog, thanks for the inspiration!

  37. Cayla
    October 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Yum! i’m loving this! I love cheese and onion and even broccoli quiches but for some reason everyone always puts bacon in the recipe and I hate bacon! I’ll have to try this recipe asap! thanks for sharing!

  38. allandsundrymusings
    October 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Looks delicious! Is double cream the same as heavy cream?

  39. Nina
    October 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Hey! Thank you for your comment on the panda bread. :) What a nice quiche! I’ll try it soon. :)

  40. alternative eating
    October 31, 2011 at 11:42 am

    This is sounds so good:) I think this is going to be our dinner tomorrow:) :)

  41. VogueVegetarian
    November 4, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Gorgeous picture! I am sure it tastes as good as it looks!

  42. World Food Chronicles
    November 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I love me a quiche. It has the wholesome rusty feel of a pot-pie and the rich flavors of everything good in the world. Loved reading the blog post and watching the pictures!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      I love me a quiche too, though I am not one.

  43. thecasualtable
    November 11, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    This is on the menu for next week, for sure!

  44. piecedgoods
    November 12, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Yum! I love a good quiche and haven’t made one in a while. Your post has me thinking I should get going on one pronto. Maybe I’ll get one going for dinner. I wholeheartedly agree on your cheese opinion. I think mild cheese is a waste of calories.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      Give it a go! It is so yummy. One of my favourites.

  45. Maya Oryan
    November 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    It looks absolutely delicious!! Bravo!

  46. quilt32
    November 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    The caramelized onions alone would win me over.

  47. atasteforchange
    November 16, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Great looking quiche, I like how you’ve shaped your pastry – rustic, perfect for the recipe.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      Thanks! OH yes, rustic. Though, I find it hard to be delicate :D

  48. Carolyn Chan
    November 22, 2011 at 4:34 am

    That looks AMAZING and also incredibly cost efficient !

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