New Woman Cheese, Bacon, Zucchini and Roasted Red Pepper Quiche takes flavor from Jamaican jerk spiced cheese, farm eggs and a butter crust.
Spices like allspice, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and scotch bonnet peppers in Beecher’s New Woman Cheese create a complex flavor that mingles nicely with creamy eggs. Smoky thick cut bacon lardons just add to that earthy flavor. We roast our own red peppers and layer in fresh zucchini ribbons for a beautiful look.
Where to Find Beecher’s Cheese
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is local to Seattle at historic Pike Place Market and is the original site. New York’s Flatiron District hosts the second site, but you can find this handcrafted cheese at most local grocery stores.
The best thing about Beecher’s handmade cheese is that they focus on foods that are free of all the bad stuff, like hydrogenated oils (a.k.a. trans fat), artificial preservatives, colors, and sweeteners. They also use local dairy farmer’s to supply the milk for their craft cheese.
Beecher’s New Woman Cheese has a very unique flavor. Jamaican jerk spices add an earthy, nutty, spice that is like no other cheese. In a dish as simple and mild as a quiche, it adds just the right amount of flavor and a hint of smokiness.
Tart Pan Vs. Quiche Pan Vs. Pie Pan
This recipe calls for a 1 inch thick, 9 inch round tart pan. Tart pans have a removable bottom, making it easier to cut and serve buttery, flaky crusted dishes. The only difference in a tart pan vs. a quiche pan is the depth. Quiche pans are deeper, usually about 2 inches deep. If using a quiche pan, you will want to double the quiche filling ingredients. The crust ingredients should be just fine, as you have a little extra to work with.
Sometimes, a pie pan is used to make quiche. No removable bottom here, resulting in a need for a thicker crust. If using a pie pan, due to the depth, you will want to double the quiche filling ingredients as well as make more crust. The crust will need to be rolled out slightly thicker than if using a tart pan or quiche pan.
When adjusting the recipe and doubling the quiche filling, make sure to increase the cooking time. You will know when the quiche is fully cooked when it no longer jiggles in the middle. You don’t want to over cook your quiche, just to the point where it has just stopped jiggling.
Ingredients in New Woman Cheese, Bacon, Zucchini and Roasted Red Pepper Quiche
- Beecher’s New Woman Cheese – A savory Jamaican jerk flavored cow’s milk cheese made in Seattle.
- Bacon – Thick cut, smoked bacon, such as Hempler’s.
- Zucchini – Smallish zucchini cut into long thin ribbons.
- Red Bell Pepper – Good size, firm red bell pepper.
- Eggs – Farm fresh is best, you can really tell the difference in the fluffiness.
- Heavy Cream – Also called whipping cream.
- Pantry Items – Butter, flour, salt, pepper.
New Woman Cheese, Bacon, Zucchini and Roasted Red Pepper Quiche
- 9" tart pan (1" deep)
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2-4 tbsp. cold water
- 6 large eggs
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup roasted red bell pepper about 1 red bell pepper
- 6 strips thick cut smoked bacon cooked, cut into large pieces
- 1 small zucchini cut into thin, long ribbons
- 2 cups Beecher's New Woman cheese grated
- 1 pinch salt and pepper
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place flour in a bowl. Grate in cold butter. Crumble with fingers to combine into coarse crumbs. Add cold water 1 tablespoon at a time until dough can be formed into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Remove dough from refrigerator. Place on floured surface and roll out into a circle shape a little larger than your tart pan. Gently fold circle in half, for ease of moving dough to tart pan. Lay in tart pan evenly, letting edges fold over tart pan edge. Press down along edge of tart pan to remove excess dough and create an even dough edge.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes with dough weighted down (place either parchment paper or foil down with dry beans on top OR use special pie weights). Remove pie weights and cook an additional 10 minutes. Crust will be just starting to turn golden brown.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs and heavy cream together. Fold in roasted red bell pepper, cooked bacon, zucchini ribbons, cheese, salt and pepper.
- Pour into prepared tart crust. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Let rest before cutting. Can be refrigerated for up to two days.