Southwestern Bacon Quiche

Bacon, green chiles and pepper jack are baked into a cilantro-and-chile powder custard in a homemade crust.
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

Crust:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more, for dusting

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, diced and kept very cold

4 teaspoons cider or white vinegar

1/3 cup ice water, plus more, if needed

Filling:

1/2 cup chopped scallions

1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon

1/2 cup roughly chopped canned green chiles

Custard:

1 1/4 cups half-and-half

3 large eggs

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 teaspoon chile powder

Directions

For the crust: Put the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor fitted with a metal blade and pulse to combine. Add about a third of the chilled butter cubes and process until the butter is absorbed. Add the remaining butter and pulse until the butter is the size of peas, 5 or 6 pulses. Add the vinegar. Then, while pulsing quickly a few times, add the ice water through the tube. Squeeze some dough between your fingers; it should just hold its shape without feeling wet. If it is crumbly, add more ice water a tablespoon at a time. Pulse quickly; do not overwork the dough or the crust will be tough. Wrap the dough loosely in a large piece of plastic wrap, then firmly press and flatten the dough into a thin round. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Lightly dust a work surface with flour. Then roll the dough on the floured surface into an 11- to 12-inch round, about 1/8 inch thick. Center the dough in a 9-inch pie plate, with an even overhang all around. Fold the edges and flute or crimp. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Press a piece of foil over the chilled crust, then fill with pie weights, raw beans or rice. Bake to set the crust, about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and weights and bake until the crust is light brown, 5 to 10 minutes more. Let cool slightly before adding the filling.

For the filling: Sprinkle the scallions evenly into the crust. Combine the pepper jack, bacon and chopped green chiles in a medium bowl and sprinkle in an even layer over the scallions.

For the custard: Whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Stir in the cilantro and chile powder.

Pour the custard over the filling. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake until set, 35 to 50 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving warm or at room temperature.

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