Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sausage Cheddar Quiche

Do you have a favorite cookbook?  I don't mean the latest "cool" cookbook.  I mean the cookbook that you use over and over and over again,  whose pages are smeared with grease stains and spilled cake batter and who knows what that comes flying off the beaters of your mixer?  Please tell me I'm not the only one whose fave cookbook looks like I went dumpster diving for it.  Anyway, that messy favorite cookbook for me is The Southern Living Cookbook, printed in 1993 (not sure if they're all the same).  The messiest page in the whole book is page 218.  The recipe?  Sausage Cheddar Quiche - do you hear the angels singing at the mere mention of this awesome recipe?

Want some background?  When I was in 8th grade, one of my favorite cousins got married.  She invited me to her fancy schmancy wedding brunch hosted by the town doctor's wife.  They lived in a huge historic home on a brick street in southern Arkansas.  The house was restored and decorated beautifully.  The dining room was set up with beautiful tables and crystal and china.  I was only 14 at the time so I felt like a princess at a tea party.  The doctor's wife, Matilda, made her entrance down the grand staircase wearing white from head to toe and in her thick southern accent, she called her husband's name, "Dr. Wynne". 

I was really nervous about the food that would be served.  I was young and not much for frou frou food.  I could see the plates of the people across the room who were being served first.  What is that weird pie looking stuff?  Then the lady in the white apron put my pretty china plate on the table in front of me.  "Here goes nothing" I thought.  From the first bite, I was hooked.  Eggs, cheese and sausage and mushrooms and pie crust - yum!  Heaven on a plate. 

Fast forward to 1994, and the gift of my favorite cookbook.  I was flipping through it one day when I hit page 218 and saw the Sausage Cheddar Quiche recipe.  I've been making it ever since.  Wanna try it?  It's fabulous!!


1 pie shell (I use deep dish for no spill over)

1 lb. bulk pork sausage

1 (4 oz.) can sliced mushrooms, drained

1/2 c. chopped onion

1/4 c. chopped green pepper

1/2 tsp. dried basil

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1 -1/2 c. (6 oz) grated cheddar cheese

1 c. milk

2 eggs


Line a 9 inch quich dish with pastry.  trim excess pastry around edges (OR buy a frozen deep dish pie crust like me).  Prick bottom and sides of pastry with a fork.  Bake at 400 degrees for 3 minutes; remove from oven and gently prick with a fork.  Bake an additional 5 minutes. 
Cook sausage until browned. Combine with mushrooms, onion, green pepper, basil, garlic powder; mix well. Spoon into quiche shell or pie shell and top with cheese. Combine milk and eggs, beating just until foamy. Pour evenly over cheese. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 50 minutes or until set (you may have to cover the edges of the pie crust with one of those fancy pie crust metal things (or foil around the edges) to keep it from burning.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

MMMMM!  Sooo good!! 

I'm linking up to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday @ Blessed With Grace and Tasty Tuesday @ Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.


  1. Mmmm! That looks good!
    I have recently given up eating red meat and dairy (health experiment) and I'm missing the cheesy goodness of dishes like this. Mmmmmm!

  2. OK... now here's where I have to start quoting scripture about temptation and verses like "Get thee behind me Satan". I love quiche with all of it's gobbed together goodness, and this looks mouth watering.

    Doggone diets... sigh

  3. oops. Forgot: I put a picture from Savannah up on the blog JUST FOR YOU.... y'all....

  4. I can absolutely relate to the food-stained cookbook! I also have a recipe card box on index cards from HIGH SCHOOL that I still use! My favorite recipe from those cards just happens to be quiche! Why doesn't that surprise me?

  5. What a sweet story! I have several tried and true cook books that are more like best friends! Sausage, cheese, and pie crust - yummy!

  6. that looks really really good....yum...
    i know what you mean about your favorite cookbook, I had to finally by a new one...

  7. Bleh!! Why do I do this to myself? I click on your recipe posts late at night and then I get hungry and drool and now I want quiche. Darnit.

  8. I'm like you, I end up buying new cookbooks, but I always go back to my old favorites. This recipe sounds really good. I am going to try it sometimes.

  9. Oh, boy, does this look good! I need to try this one!

    You're exactly right about cookbooks. I must have a zillion, but I use the same old ones over and over.

    I'm wondering WHERE in Arkansas you were. My husband was born in Helena. :)

  10. Thanks Tanya for visting my site because it brought me to yours. I have been paging thru and enjoying it all. Funny, I just posted a quiche recipe on my site today. I think yours looks much more tasty but I have a pickey husband and have to make mine pretty bland. Think I'll try yours for company one day!