NATIONAL QUICHE LORRAINE DAY | MAY 20
We celebrate May 20 as National Quiche Lorraine Day. This versatile French delight makes it an excellent dish for any time of the day.
Quiche Lorraine has origins beginning in the rural Lorraine region of France. While it’s considered a French dish, it developed during a time when the Lorraine Region was under German rule. Even the word Quiche comes from the German word kuchen, meaning cake. The Lorraine region of France is also known for many other delicious dishes such as madeleines, Jordon almonds, macarons, and Lorraine hotpot. Of course, the area is also known for its viticulture.
The original Quiche Lorraine was made with an open pie using a bottom crust with a filling of custard and smoked bacon. A cast-iron skillet was used to cook the original Quiche. Cheese was added to the recipe at a much later time.
Classic Quiche Lorraine must include eggs, heavy cream, bacon, Swiss cheese and a flaky crust. Whether you eat it hot or cold, Quiche Lorraine must stay true to the original recipe. Of course there are many different types of quiche recipes, but a recipe that contains ham, sausage, veggies or fruit is not Quiche Lorraine.
Quiche Lorraine pairs well with just about anything. Deciding what sides to serve with your quiche depends on what you. Consider serving:
- Green salads
- Roasted vegetables
- French bread
- Steamed veggies
- Fruit salad
Making Quiche Lorraine is extremely simple. However, the secret to a really delicious quiche is:
- 1 egg = 1 half cup of heavy cream.
- Pre-bake your crust.
- Layer your crust with cheese before pouring in your egg mixture.
- Do not overbake.
EGGCELLENT IDEAS TO CELEBRATE
- Invite family over for a French-themed meal, using Quiche Lorraine as the main course.
- Learn the history of Quiche Lorraine.
- Share your Quiche Lorraine recipe with a family member.
- Host a Quiche Lorraine bake-off.
- Eat at a restaurant that serves Quiche Lorraine.
- Use #QuicheLorraineDay to share your celebratory ideas.
National Day Calendar discovered some interesting facts about the history of Quiche Lorraine. For instance, although the dish is known as a French dish, some records indicate it could have origins in Germany during the Middle Ages.
During the Second World War, Quiche Lorraine became popular in England. The dish was easily made because the primary ingredients were easy to come by. Even though there are several new ways to make quiche, there will always be the original Quiche Lorraine.
At one time, Quiche Lorraine was considered an ‘unmanly’ dish. Apparently, it was highly believed that quiche was a dish for women only. Today, you can find that contain meat and hearty veggies making it more acceptable for men to have this delicious dish.
May 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act.
Charles Lindberg departs from Roosevelt Field in New York en route to Paris. Less than 34 hours later, Lindberg becomes the first pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo and non-stop.
Amelia Earhart departs from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, Canada in a Lockheed Vega. After landing 15 hours later in Londonderry, Northern Ireland she became the first woman to complete a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Colorado amendment banning laws protecting homosexuals from discrimination.
May 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Dolley Madison – 1768
The 4th First Lady of the United States became one of the country’s most loved first ladies. She also molded the first lady’s role, setting examples many generations of first ladies would follow.
Tom Smith – 1878
The American horse trainer is best known for training the 1938 horse of the year, Seabiscuit.
James Stewart – 1908
The American actor continues to be a perennial favorite thanks to the holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life. However, the versatile actor’s career spanned 56 years is known for his roles in other classic films such as Rear Window, Vertigo, Harvey, A Philadelphia Story and many more.
Cher – 1946
The award-winning American singer and actress debuted in 1965 as a folk-pop singer. She swiftly rose to stardom alongside Sonny Bono. They released the chart hit “I Got You Babe” in 1965. Cher also earned critical acclaim in films such as Moonstruck, Mamma Mia!, Burlesque and Mask.
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – 1959
The Hawaiian singer-songwriter is best known for his version of the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Phil Hansen – 1968
Phil Hansen played defensive end for the Buffalo Bills for nine seasons and three Super Bowl visits.