Dude Quiche

Real men do eat quiche.  I read it on the internet.  And if the quiche is loaded with thick rolls of sausage, it’s not even a stretch.

Dude Quiche.

Quiche with sausage

Dude Quiche

Recently I was approached with an interesting offer.  If I would develop an original recipe using a local sausage, specifically a South African style artisan sausage called a Boerewors (translation: farmer sausage), the sausage maker would give me the meat for free.  Can’t resist a challenge like that!

dude-quiche-sausage

South African Style Boerewors (translation: farmer sausage)

The producer is SA Braai, a young Milwaukee company founded by Matthew Devan, who learned to make sausage at his father’s side in the family’s South African butcher shop.  Arriving in Milwaukee by way of Dublin, where he met his American wife, they set out to bring the flavors of South Africa to sausage lovers in Milwaukee and beyond.  Made from premium pork, beef and a blend of special seasonings, Boerewors would typically be served at a cookout–like we Milwaukeeans eat our brats.  That is, until a pack of creative bloggers gets a hold of them–then they could go into anything!

Sampling at the farmer's market

Sampling at the farmer’s market proved a great sales tool!

South African sausages are a bit lower in fat and have different seasonings than the German/Polish style links I grew up eating.  This lends them a flavor that is both unique and utterly delicious. And BTW they don’t contain any of the nitrates that I am always checking labels for.   Yes I’ll be driving across town to pick up more.  (Hmmm, interesting marketing strategy, donate sausage to bloggers for “recipe development” and turn them all into addicts.)

dude-quiche-market-sign

Right now the company is still young–in the use-borrowed-facilities-for-production and sell (mostly) at farmer’s markets stage of entrepreneurship. But based on the uniqueness of the product and the rate at which I saw samples converted to sales, this is a company that is going places.  Keep your eye on them and someday you can say “I knew them when…!”

Slice of sausage quiche

Slice of sausage quiche

Dude Quiche

Ingredients

  • 4 large sausages, about 1 lb.
  • 1 pie crust (not deep dish–you want the sausage to be higher than the quiche top)
  • 1-2 c spinach, finely shredded
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c grated swiss cheese
  • 2 T fresh chopped herbs (I used marjoram & thyme)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 c milk or half & half

Directions

  1. Cut sausages in half (or in large chunks) and pan fry until cooked through.  Drain.

    Sausage frying

    Sausage frying

  2. Sprinkle filling ingredients (spinach, onions, herbs and cheese) evenly on crust.  Set sausage pieces on top of filling.

    Assemble quiche base

    Assemble quiche base

  3. Beat eggs and milk together then pour over spinach, etc in quiche.  (If you are short on egg mixture because of a larger crust, you can make more with a ratio of 1 egg to 1/3 c milk).

    Add egg to quiche

    Add egg to quiche

  4. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes until knife inserted off center comes out clean and the crust is turning golden.

 

I served this quiche to a couple of guests for a noon football game.  Brunch meets tailgating–hmmm…  Are you ready for some football??

dude-quiche-football-game

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22 thoughts on “Dude Quiche

    1. Inger

      Figured I had to come up with a good name since I was doing this in an official capacity for the sausage maker 😉

  1. Erica

    I gotta admit that the sausage is a bit too “front & center” for me…., I seem to be enjoying more and more things vegetarian these days. But I certainly love the effort to keep the validity of the sausage and the name that explains it all!

  2. Louise

    Dude Quiche! A signature dish if I ever saw one, lol…Kudos to you for encouraging a local food start-up Inger. I think that’s just fabulous! As is this Dude Quiche. Love the slang too:)

    Thank you so much for sharing…

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