On May 20th, National Quiche Lorraine Day celebrates a French dish served for just about any meal of the day.

Quiche Lorraine is believed to have originated 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 consisted of an open pie made using a bottom crust with a filling of custard and smoked bacon. A cast-iron skillet was used to cook the original Quiche. The cheese was added to the recipe at a much later time. 

Since Quiche Lorraine is so versatile, it makes an excellent dish for any meal. Add fresh fruit at breakfast and brunch. It’s delicious with a light salad during lunch with iced tea. Serve it with soup or steamed vegetables for an evening meal. You won’t be disappointed.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalQuicheLorraineDay

On National Quiche Lorraine Day, create a memorable meal. It will be one worth celebrating!  Quiche fits into any lifestyle, so while you prepare one, make two! Freeze one for a later celebration or give it away to a neighbor or friend. Now that’s a dish worth celebrating!

Do you have a favorite recipe? If not, enjoy this Quiche Lorraine recipe. Use #QuicheLorraineDay to post on social media.


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Tom Smith – 1878

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James Stewart – 1908

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Cher – 1946

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Phil Hansen – 1968

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