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Fiddlehead Quiche Recipe

Fiddlehead Quiche Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes

Perfect for a Mother's Day brunch - hint, hint, Dads and kids! - this scrumptious quiche boasts the flavors of the fiddlehead along with savory Swiss or Gruyere cheeses. Fiddlehead refers to the furled leaves of a young fern and is something of a French staple when it comes to quiche. Fiddlehead ferns (also called ostrich ferns) are a seasonal plant that are typically found in the Northeast United States in the Spring. You can find them at farmer's markets or have them shipped from specialty sellers online.

by Anne Coleman

What you'll need

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup grated cheese, Swiss or Gruyere
  • 18 fiddlehead crosiers, cooked
  • 2 slices ham, chopped
  • grated nutmeg, to taste
  • 1 8" pastry shell, unbaked


Serves 6 to 8

How to make it

  1. Beat milk, cream and eggs well. Add salt, pepper, garlic and onions.
  2. Sprinkle half of the cheese in the bottom of the pastry shell.
  3. Arrange fiddleheads and ham over the cheese.
  4. Pour in the egg mixture, add the remaining cheese, and grate fresh nutmeg over the top.
  5. Bake at 375° F for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.