This crustless quiche has just enough eggs to be recognizably quiche-y, but most of the body comes from a surprising ingredient: pancake mix! One of the most popular brands we all know and love, Bisquick, actually started as a biscuit mix (hence the name) in the early 1930s. But as home cooks got creative with the product, the company started releasing cookbooks with dozens of recipes for cakes, breads and even donuts using the mix. This inventive hack for quiche was extremely popular in the ‘60s and ‘70s and, like all trends, has come back around as a quick, easy and reliable recipe. The filling here is a breakfast combo of bacon, onion and cheese, but feel free to customize it however you like.
Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Coat a 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate with nonstick spray.
Meanwhile, cook half of the bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, flipping occasionally, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate then carefully pour off the fat. Repeat with the remaining bacon. Let cool then chop into 1/2-inch pieces.
Combine the eggs, salt and pepper in a large bowl and whisk thoroughly. Add the pancake mix and whisk until smooth (some small lumps are OK). Add the heavy cream and whisk once more until incorporated, then stir in the Cheddar, onion and chopped bacon.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared pie plate. Bake until the top is golden brown and the center is set, about 40 minutes. The quiche will puff up in the oven but will deflate as it cools.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 15 minutes then slice and serve.
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