I love quiche, and so does my family. It’s a delightful dish that can be served as a main dish for any meal of the day. It’s also perfect to share with friends and family when entertaining guests for brunch.
Quiche is typically served warm or hot with a variety of different fillings. Add in a few side dishes with complementary flavors, and you’ll have a great meal!
In this article, we’ll explore quiche, where it originated, and the many different side dishes you can serve with it.
Let’s get started…
What Ingredients Are In A Quiche?
A classic quiche usually consists of a custard-like filling with eggs, milk, and cheese. The crust is also typically made from buttery pie dough. Other than these two ingredients, the choice of fillings is up to you. Traditional quiches can be filled with anything from ham and apple to broccoli and cheddar cheese. It’s all up to you!
Where Did Quiche Originate?
The word Quiche comes from the German word Kuchen, which means cake and is a savory dish that has been around for many centuries. The original quiche consisted of eggs, milk, cheese, and some type of meat.
The quiche was first made in France and often consists of all-butter puff pastry crusts containing eggs, milk or cream, cheese, and seasoning, along with other ingredients like onion, ham, bacon, or mushrooms, depending on the filling. The earliest written recipes come from 17th-century French cookbooks.
The modern version of the dish spread through Europe during the 18th century, appearing in many countries’ culinary traditions under similar names. It is now enjoyed worldwide and filled with a variety of ingredients, from vegetables to meat.
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Is Quiche A Breakfast Or Dinner Food?
Quiche is often served as breakfast food, but many people enjoy it for lunch or even dinner. Many people find quiche to be a light, satisfying meal that’s rich enough to stick with them through the day but not weigh them down too much.
What To Serve With Quiche For Breakfast?
So, what meat goes with quiche? Just about everything will work, but traditional breakfast meats make perfect side dishes, even if your quiche contains meat. Please don’t hesitate to add a side of bacon, sausage, ham, spam, or Taylor’s pork roll if you’ve got a family of carnivores!
Grits are the perfect side dish to serve with quiche, though you’ll have to choose your personal favorite. Whether you crave Bacon, Ham, or Sausage, grits always pair well with breakfast quiches.
If you’re serving quiche for breakfast or having breakfast for dinner, grits can be a cost-effective, belly-filling side dish.
Muffins go nicely with quiche because they can be sweet or savory and also add some texture.
Savory muffins like cornbread and garlic bread are great options for dinner quiche, whereas bran or oatmeal would be a good pairing with breakfast quiche.
On the other hand, sweet muffins are perfect if you’re serving quiche for brunch. Any sweet muffin will do, such as strawberry, blueberry, or peach. There’s always banana nut or chocolate too.
If you’re having brunch during the holidays, consider a decadent red velvet muffin or pumpkin spiced muffin.
Biscuits and Gravy
Nothing compares to homemade biscuits and gravy. Here in the South, we’ll eat biscuits and gravy any time of the day!!!
Potatoes and eggs just go together. Whether you serve roasted potatoes, home fries, or hashbrowns, potatoes are a perfect accompaniment to a good quiche.
Cream of Wheat
For those who don’t eat grits, Cream of Wheat is a tasty way to have a filling breakfast without having to worry about being hungry an hour later.
Pair Cream of Wheat with any quiche for a great meal option!
Pancakes or Waffles
Pancakes (or waffles) are made to go with eggs and some kind of breakfast meat. This combination is particularly delicious if you serve the pancakes and waffles with ham, sausage, or bacon quiche!
Any kind of potato dish is a fantastic choice for quiche, but there’s something about home fries that makes them one of my favorite combinations.
Fruit N Yogurt Cup
If you like to eat a light breakfast but need it to be filling, a fruit and yogurt cup paired with a slice of quiche will fit the bill.
Any fruit from strawberries and bananas to pineapple and mango would work.
Toast topped with butter and cinnamon sugar will add a bit of texture and sweetness to your meal. Not into cinnamon sugar? No problem! Plain buttered toast will do the trick!
For a quick, easy side dish for your quiche, add a piece of fresh fruit. Apples, bananas, and oranges are great side dishes for quiche.
Eggs and potatoes just go together. Enough said!
Whip up a smoothie with frozen or fresh fruit and almond milk as a quick, filling side dish for your breakfast quiche.
With its subtle tartness, applesauce makes a wonderful side dish to serve with quiche. Its tartness adds just the right amount of bite to cut through the richness of the quiche.
If you’re looking for a quick meal without too many side dishes, serve larger pieces of quiche along with a glass of traditional fruit juice, such as orange or apple juice, for breakfast.
What To Serve With Quiche For Brunch?
Sparkling beverages are perfect for brunch. They’re light and refreshing, and they’ll make your quiche seem less heavy.
Mimosas are typically made with orange juice and champagne. This combination adds the perfect amount of sweetness and sophistication for brunch!
Want to make it family-friendly? It’s so easy. Substitute any lemon-lime soda for the champagne, and you’ve got a nonalcoholic, family-friendly option.
Like pancakes or waffles, french toast is another American breakfast favorite that’s often served with eggs. The difference is that the pairing of quiche and french toast seems a little more elegant. It’s a perfect brunch pairing!
A fruit salad is a great addition to any brunch. Not only does the lightness of the fruit offset the richness of the quiche, but a fruit salad also makes a beautiful presentation for brunch!
Unless you’re serving a veggie quiche, grilled veggies are a great dish to serve with quiche. Bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, and onions are popular grilled options.
A chilled pasta salad, made with a tangy vinaigrette, will pair beautifully with a brunch quiche. The acidity in the vinaigrette will offset the richness of the quiche.
Light, refreshing iced tea is a great accompaniment for a hearty quiche. Infuse your tea with fruit flavors such as raspberry or peach as a way to elevate your meal, especially at brunch!
What To Serve With Quiche For Lunch or Dinner?
This green salad is the perfect side dish for any type of quiche, but I find it particularly good with a cheese quiche. It is also easy to serve your gluten-free guests. If you want to up the protein of a side salad, add some bacon bits.
Serve your quiche with a side dish of crusty bread topped with garlic butter.
Roasted vegetables will complement any quiche. Green beans, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, and carrots all make great roasted vegetables.
A Caprese salad is an Italian dish consisting of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil. It’s typically seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
The acidity in the tomatoes and the freshness of the basil make a great side dish for quiche. A well-plated Caprese salad also makes a beautiful presentation.
Baby Spinach and Strawberry Salad
A baby spinach salad with strawberries, pecans, and bleu cheese topped with a fruit vinegarette is a great side dish.
Baby Spring Mix
A fresh side salad composed of baby spring mix, garden tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and feta cheese with an olive oil balsamic vinaigrette is a perfect side dish for quiche. It’s light and neutral enough to match almost any kind of quiche. You can then garnish your salad with chopped bacon bits or add a few chopped nuts or seeds.
Classic Tomato Soup
The acidity of a classic tomato soup goes well with pretty much any quiche except possibly a tomato and basil quiche. In that case, I’d choose a different soup.
Butternut Squash Bisque
Butternut squash pairs well with the richness of any quiche. It has a creaminess that makes it perfect to offset the sharpness and sometimes slight bitterness in some cheeses often used to make quiche.
Chicken soup would make a great side dish for quiche. It’s warming and comforting and balances the richness of any quiche.
What Desserts Go Well With Quiche?
Creamy Tropical Fruit Salad
This is a sweet and delicious dessert that works for brunch, lunch, or dinner. It combines a variety of tropical fruits with yogurt, marshmallows, shredded coconut, and nuts. You can use mango, passion fruit, pineapple, etc.
If you’re serving a breakfast-style quiche, bake up some gooey cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing for a tasty dessert.
Any kind of fruit cheese Danish is a perfect fit for quiche. I recommend cherry, raspberry, and strawberry, although any flavor would work.
Here in the South, skillet apples are a popular side dish at many restaurants. They are merely sliced apples sauteed in sugar, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Frequently Asked Questions
How To Serve Quiche?
Slice the quiche like you would a pie and serve. It should be served warm or hot out of the oven; never serve it cold.
What Is Quiche Lorraine?
Quiche Lorraine is one of the most well-known quiches in France. The dish typically consists of eggs, cream, lardons or bacon, and cheese.
Final Thoughts From Cost-Effective Kitchen
Quiche is an easy, cost-effective meal that can be made in advance or on the fly. With a few simple ingredients, you’ll have breakfast for dinner tonight!
The side dishes we’ve suggested are all really tasty, and they’re perfect complements for a variety of quiches.
So whether you’re serving your favorite fruit salad recipe or some roasted vegetables, these side dishes will make your next family meal more delicious than ever.
What are your favorite dishes to serve with quiche? Let me know!
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