1. Make the crust
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pie dough (store-bought or homemade; see foodnetwork.com/piecrust for our favorite recipe) and crimp as desired; chill 30 minutes. Line with foil, then fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake until the crust is set, about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and weights and continue baking until lightly golden, 5 to 10 more minutes. Let cool while you prepare the filling.
2. Choose your vegetables
Prepare 1/2 to 1 cup total (choose up to 3). Transfer to a large bowl.
Asparagus, roasted and chopped
Broccoli, chopped and roasted or steamed
Kale, chopped and sautéed (or frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained)
Jarred roasted peppers or cherry peppers, roughly chopped
Frozen peas, thawed
Mushrooms, sliced and sautéed
Potatoes, shredded and sautéed
Cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
Radicchio, chopped and sautéed
Olives, pitted and sliced (use up to 1/4 cup)
Onions or shallots, sliced and sautéed
3. Add meat (optional)
Prepare up to 1/2 cup total (choose 1 or 2). Add to the bowl with the vegetables.
Bacon, cooked and crumbled
Sausage, cooked and crumbled
Ham or salami, chopped
Corned beef or pastrami, chopped
Rotisserie chicken, shredded
Crabmeat, picked over
4. Add cheese
Shred or crumble 3/4 to 1 cup total (choose 1 or 2). Add to the bowl with the vegetable mixture and toss.
Swiss, gruyere or jarlsberg
Monterey jack or pepper jack
Gouda (regular, aged or smoked)
5. Make the quiche
Whisk 3 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, half-and-half or milk in a large bowl. If desired, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, 1/2 teaspoon paprika or chile powder, or some grated lemon zest. Spread the vegetable-cheese mixture in the crust, then pour the egg mixture on top. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake until the filling is set, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before slicing.
Customize your own quiche or try one of our combinations:
Asparagus, Cherry Pepper and Bacon Quiche
Broccoli and Red Onion Quiche
Roasted Pepper, Scallion and Sausage Quiche