Quiche Pairings: Quiche is a quick and easy, light yet savory and complete meal on its own. However, paired with the right side dishes and drinks, it can make your breakfast, brunch, or dinner party extra special. You can even make it the star of a hearty holiday meal!
So, what goes with quiche? Discover the best delicious culinary companions for this amazing dish by continuing reading down below!
What is quiche?
Quiche is a type of French custard pastry-like dish made with a base of eggs and milk baked inside a crust. The savory custard filling can also contain cheese, seafood, meat, and vegetables.
While quiche is generally believed to trace its roots from France, a similar dish was first made in Germany called “kuchen”. “Kuchen” is a baked dough with eggs made through the same baking process as quiche although the type of dough was a bit different from the one used in the French version. However, the modern word “quiche” is said to originate from the word “kuchen”, meaning cake.
Paired with the right things, quiche is an easy meal that can be served any time of the day!
What goes With Quiche the Best?
There are several ways to make quiche shine. What’s exciting and interesting about quiche is that it goes well with a lot of dishes but with the right ones, it can liven up and complete your dining experience. Check out these best quiche pairings for your reference!
Let us first discuss drinks because, in my opinion, no meal is complete without the perfect beverage to round it out. Here are some examples of drinks that pair well with quiche:
Agua frescas are a light, non-alcoholic Mexican drink. The term directly translates to cool water or fresh water. However, it is more than just water. It is made by blending sugar and water with some fruits, seeds, cereals, and even flowers!
This light and refreshing drink help play off the richness of the quiche custard.
If you’re serving quiche during a formal or classy lunch or dinner, I recommend pairing it with wine. It goes well with light-bodied red wines like Beaujolais or dry and fruity Alsace Riesling.
The acidity of the wine counteracts the creaminess and heaviness of the quiche.
Iced tea is probably my favorite drink to pair with quiche. And another great thing about iced tea is you can customize according to your taste it in many ways.
I suggest going for black tea that is lightly sweetened with fruit flavors and some lemon on the side if it’s for brunch or lunch. For an afternoon or evening meal, opt for a herbal blend.
Hot Cocoa or Coffee
I also love enjoying quiche with a steaming mug of coffee, java, latte, or hot cocoa. This is especially true for when I would just reheat leftover quiche for a quick midweek breakfast (sometimes I even skip the reheating part).
During the holidays, a meal of quiche with Irish coffee for the adults and hot cocoa with marshmallows for the kids is hard to beat.
Juice or Smoothie
For brunch, fruit juice complements quiche quite well. Think of freshly squeezed orange juice, apple juice, or even tomato juice. If you want, you can also go for smoothies using tropical fruits like pineapple and banana.
Some crisp, bubbly champagne with fruits and other alcoholic drinks like Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Bellinis or any sparkling white also work fantastically with a slice of savory quiche.
If you want to skip the alcohol, just some fruit-flavored sparkling water would be just as lovely.
For a nice crunch to balance the delicate softness of quiche, go for a fresh salad. Opt for light dressings and some neutral greens. Examples of salads that go well with quiche are:
- A baby spring mix salad with red onions, tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette to give an acidic balance to the rich creaminess of the custard.
- Salad with peppery greens like escarole, radicchio, and arugula paired with a citrusy dressing to add some spice to your meal.
- A roasted beet salad with fresh parsley, thin slices of red onions, and a Dijon mustard dressing topped with chopped nuts and crumbled goat cheese.
- A vinegar-based coleslaw of a white wine vinaigrette over some haricot verts and chilled asparagus or shaved brussels sprouts and raw kale with a lemon juice dressing.
Quiche is also nicely complemented with an amazing fruit salad, just be sure to not serve this with fruit juice or that would be an overkill.
- Go for the classic fruit salad with berries and melons, watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew. You can also add some tropical fruits like mangoes or pineapple chunks. A drizzle of a balsamic glaze is also nice if you want it to be fancy.
- A mix of in-season berries is also great with any type of quiche. This is already perfect on their own but you can add some freshly whipped cream, some powdered sugar, and maybe even a hint of vanilla for an amazing holiday showpiece.
Quiche can be considered rather dry but that’s not a problem if you have a perfect soup to pair it with. Depending on your preference, you can also serve quiche with hot or chilled soup on the side to balance the temperatures.
Chilled soup is a better choice when serving quiche reheated or fresh from the oven. To counteract the heaviness of quiche, opt for pureed cantaloupe or honeydew, cold asparagus soup, or some tomato gazpacho.
When serving cold quiche, go with a warm bowl of French onion soup, carrot ginger soup, chicken soup, or tomato soup.
You can be a bit picky with the soup because it can easily overshadow your quiche. For a simple quiche with only cheese, choose heartier soups like chicken, vegetable, minestrone, or lentil. Otherwise, keep the soup very light like a roasted vegetable bisque or a simple classic tomato soup.
Quiche is also usually served with a warm crusty bread like Southern cornbread’s or classy croissants. You can get creative with the spread by using jam, marmalade or some herbed or honey butter.
Focaccia is another baked good that goes well with quiche. It is a bit spicy and can be sliced in different ways. Since the dough used for focaccia is similar to that used for pizza crusts, it is best paired with a rich quiche loaded with meat or seafood.
Other Sides to Serve with Quiche
For a complete feast, you can serve quiche with some roasted vegetables and bacon to go with it, or potato-based dishes like fries, baked potatoes, and latkes. You can add spices like garlic powder, pepper, paprika, celery seeds, cumin, and onion powder. Baked potatoes are usually served with sour cream and scallions or chives. Pair fries with a nice, chipotle aioli dip.
Quiche is a versatile, yummy dish that pairs well with a lot of other dishes and recipes. Now that you know what goes with quiche perfectly, you are ready to impress your family or guests!
Just like in any culinary venture, however, do not be afraid to stray from these recommendations and feel free to let your creative juices flowing! Who knows, you might be in for a new, flavorful discovery!