Kale & Bacon Quiche with Hash Brown Crust

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Kale & Bacon Quiche with Hash Brown Crust is my version of the decadent brunch dish at Hot Chocolate in Chicago. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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If you’ve been waiting to make one of my restaurant copycat recipes, then the time to start is now because this one has all the things. Kale! Bacon! Gruyere! Hash browns! Like I said, all. the. things!

Breathe, Kristin. Ok, let me back up. A few weeks ago when I was visiting my girlfriends in Chicago we kicked off Saturday morning as I believe all Saturday mornings in the city should be kicked off – with a delicious, laid-back brunch. We usually do this when I visit, favorite spots in the past include the Bongo Room and I can’t even remember, but this time my friend took us straight to Hot Chocolate, which I will not forget anytime soon.

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Hot Chocolate is known for their locally-sourced, seasonal menus (they didn’t even have tomatoes the day we were there as they couldn’t get them locally!) yummy desserts and, of course, the most decadent hot chocolate complete with homemade marshmallow icebergs that melted in our mouths.

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My friend Natalie and I split a Cocoa Nib hot chocolate to warm up with before ordering our meals – 2/3 Belgian white chocolate and 1/3 French milk chocolate infused with cocoa nib – and it was like drinking a buttery, melted chocolate candy bar. Pure bliss.

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Since we were there for brunch I ordered scrambled eggs with fresh local greens and pepper jack cheese, served with smashed breakfast potatoes. My friends both ordered the Kale & Bacon Quiche which looked so delicious that I’ve been chomping at the bit to make it at home ever since. Here’s my version!

Garlicky sauteed kale combined with smoky bacon and creamy gruyere cheese, baked in a hash brown crust vs a flaky pastry crust, which is how Hot Chocolate’s version came.

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A flaky pastry crust is all fine and dandy, if you’re going to a restaurant who will make it for you, but when I whipped this at home I went the easy route (seriously, so easy) and made a crust of simply seasoned hash browns to really highlight the flavors of kale and bacon.

This creamy quiche turned out fabulously. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with a flavor profile that’s off the charts. Plus it reheats well and leftovers are just as good!

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Start with the aforementioned hash brown crust. Thaw and drain 3 cups frozen hash browns then press them between several layers of paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible.

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Place the hash browns into a 9″ pie pan then add 3 Tablespoons melted –> cooled butter, salt, and pepper.

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Use your hands to press the hash browns into the bottom of the pie pan and up the sides.

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Bake the crust for 25 minutes at 450 degrees, or until the edges turn golden brown, then turn the oven down to 350 degrees. Don’t worry if you think the hash browns have shrunk and won’t provide enough crust coverage. The egg mixture will take care of it!

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Meanwhile, crisp 1/4lb chopped bacon (about 5 pieces) in a large skillet over medium heat then remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and set aside.

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Discard the bacon grease left in the skillet by whatever means necessary. I usually line a bowl with foil then discard once it hardens. Easy!

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To the same skillet, add 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and 1/2 small chopped onion then saute until translucent. Next add 2 cups chopped kale, season with salt and pepper, and then saute for 4-5 minutes, or until the kale is tender.

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Finally, add 2 minced cloves garlic and saute for 30 more seconds. Remove the skillet from the heat to cool slightly.

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The final step begins with zee eggs! Can’t have quiche without eggs!

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Crack 4 eggs into a large bowl then add 1 cup milk (I used skim) salt and pepper. You’ll notice that I’ve added salt and pepper to every layer in the dish – from the crust, to the kale, and now to the egg mixture. You don’t need much, especially when there’s bacon in the dish, but this is a very important step to ensure maximum flavah!

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Whisk the eggs together then add 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese (a fabulously creamy cheese – sub mozzarella in a pinch.)

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Next add the cooked bacon and kale mixture then stir to combine.

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Pour the mixture over the hash brown crust then spread evenly and bake for 30-35 minutes.

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Let the quiche cool for 10 minutes before slicing, then serve!

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Kale & Bacon Quiche with Hash Brown Crust

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Serves 6

Crust adapted from Paula Deen

Ingredients:
3 cups frozen hash browns, thawed and drained
3 Tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
salt & pepper
1/4lb bacon, chopped
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 small sweet onion, chopped
2 cups chopped kale
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 eggs
1 cup milk (I used skim)
1 cup shredded gruyere cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Press hash browns between 3-4 paper towels to remove excess moisture. Add hash browns to a 9″ pie pan with melted butter, salt, and pepper, then mix and press evenly into the bottom and up the sides. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until hash browns are golden brown around the edges. Remove and set aside then turn oven down to 350 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain then discard bacon grease.
  3. Add extra virgin olive oil to skillet then add onions and saute until translucent, 3-4 minutes. Add kale, season with salt and pepper, then saute until tender, 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 30 more seconds. Set mixture aside to cool slightly.
  4. Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add shredded cheese, cooked bacon, and slightly cooled kale mixture then mix to combine. Pour mixture over hash brown crust then bake for 30-35 minutes, or until top is light brown. Let sit for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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You better believe I went back for another slice of this bad boy. I just loved the chewy texture and taste of the garlicky kale with the creamy cheese and eggs, and salty bacon, naturally. Hope you adore this restaurant-inspired dish too!

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Comments

  1. This looks soo yummy but can anyone help? I live in Australia and we don’t have frozen hash brown (that I am aware of…) Can I just grate potato and remove the moisture from it to get the same effect?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.05.2013

      I think you’d be fine doing that – it might not take the full 25 minutes in the initial bake though. Just watch it! :)

    • Lindsay 06.11.2013

      I made this for dinner tonight and used real potatoes (grated with a cheese greater) and it came out great! Two small-medium potatoes was more than enough. I didn’t remove the moisture either and it was fine. .

  2. Jenna 06.05.2013

    I live right down the street from Hot Chocolate in Chicago and its one of my favorite restaurants in my neighborhood! The mussels and burger there are to die for – don’t even get me started on all of the dessert options. I can’t wait to recreate this recipe at home. Thanks for sharing!

  3. All this quiche-y goodness is calling my name!

  4. Micaela 06.05.2013

    This recipe looks so delicious! I think I might try this with seitan bacon from Upton’s and see how it turns out. If I’m feelin’ wild I might even split it into two dishes so I can have one with my seitan and the hubz can have one with his real bacon. We’ll see ;) Either way I’m sure it’ll be amazing!

  5. Ellena 06.05.2013

    Thanks you Emily – I was just about to ask exactly the same question!

  6. Hooray! You were in my neck of the woods, Chicago! I adore Bongo Room, I go there a lot for brunch and of course Hot Chocolate is insanely delicious. Looks like a perfect visit.

  7. This turned out really lovely, would be a big hit in our house. Going to save this recipe for some kale picking next week.

  8. nessa 06.05.2013

    This looks amaaaazing!

  9. katrina 06.05.2013

    this is such a good post cuz 1. i gasped when i saw “hash brown crust” 2. that’s a good idea to deal with bacon grease and 3. that hot chocolate sounds amazing. definitely going to make this quiche soon!

  10. Tieghan 06.05.2013

    Whoa! This sound awesome! I love that crust and all the cheese and the kale! YUM!

  11. Debbie 06.05.2013

    No matter how hard I try, I just can’t do kale. Do you think spinach would work?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.06.2013

      Sure! I’d up the quantity to 4 cups since spinach wilts to much, and it will only need to saute for a minute or two!

  12. Jennifer 06.05.2013

    Yummmmmmm! I am so making this for my hubby. I think we will both love it!

  13. Oh, I love this! The hash brown crust is genius! I’ll be bookmarking this one to try.

  14. It sounds healthy and delicious!! can’t wait to try this. Eat healthy and do some workout at home to get healthy and fit.

  15. I am not a quiche person, but I love the idea of a hash brown crust!

  16. Jess 06.06.2013

    What a fun twist on quiche and SO much easier! Love all the flavors going on in this, Kristin!

  17. Wow that looks incredible! I love the idea of the hash brown crust :)

  18. Wow! This looks so yummy. Wish I was having it for breakfast this morning. This is definitely getting pinned. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Dena 06.06.2013

    Thank you for the great “getting rid of bacon grease idea”….I mean, it’s one of those “why didn’t *I* think of that?” moments. Genius!

  20. Audrey 06.06.2013

    YUM! And perfect timing – I’m growing Kale this year and have LOTS of it so I’ve been looking for something different to do with it. This looks awesome! (And I might even be able to get my husband to eat it! LOL)

  21. Julie 06.06.2013

    This looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it. Oh and your idea about storing and disposing of bacon grease is genius.

  22. Tamara 06.06.2013

    Ohhhh my goodness, this looks heavenly and so delicious!!

  23. Hope 06.06.2013

    I think that hash brown crust just changed my life.

  24. oh my goodness, bacon in quiche (for that crunch) is one of my favorite things at brunch. this is the perfect balance of everything!

  25. I’ve been searching for a recipe for a big bunch of local dinosaur kale. I think I’ll try this quiche out this weekend!

  26. This looks amazing, and it’s naturally gluten free! I can’t wait to try.

  27. lisa 06.06.2013

    Your recipes have me drooling every single time! Why is everyone so concerned about getting rid of bacon grease? Cant put it in the garbage can? :-X

    • JJ 06.07.2013

      Not until it’s solidified.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.09.2013

      You’re not supposed to put bacon grease (nor any fat, really) down the garbage disposal and pouring hot grease into the trash would cause it to melt the bag and create a hole!

  28. my mom raves about Hot Chocolate and I haven’t had a chance to get there yet whenever we’re visiting them…MUST!

  29. Tracy 06.06.2013

    This recipe sounds (& looks) so so good!! Love the hash brown crust!

  30. Rosetta 06.06.2013

    Fantastica, proverò a farla anch’io.
    Ciao

  31. Aspasia 06.06.2013

    Do you make this in a deep dish pie plate? Do any of the amounts need to be reduced if you’re making in a regular-sized pie plate?

  32. Lauren Williams 06.07.2013

    Looks simple enough! I just bought a bunch of Kale so I will have to try it!

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  34. Toni 06.07.2013

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! Super easy to make and tastes delicious!

  35. Carey 06.07.2013

    I’m loving the jean jacket that are in your pics! =) But of course I can’t find the picture I want to find! It’s the one where you are wearing a blue(?) and white striped maxi dress. Is the jacket the same one in the pic above? If so, where did you get it? I’m looking for one!

  36. Kayla 06.08.2013

    How long can you store this in the refrigerator after it has been cooked?

  37. That hash brown crust is pure genius!

  38. Priscilla 06.09.2013

    Just made this for a sunday brunch with a slight variation: No crust, mozzarella and pancetta. It was to die for! Definitely becoming a favorite, plus my hubby loved it (Great way to get him to eat some more vegetables :P)

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  41. Lauren 06.09.2013

    I made this in a muffin tin so I could have quiche-to-go for work; amazing!! :) Thanks for sharing your always wonderful receipes!

  42. Julia 06.10.2013

    This would perfect for an upcoming brunch I am having!! I love Hot Chocolate in Chicago by the way–the best!

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  44. Tia 06.17.2013

    Thanks for this awesome recipe! I made it yesterday for Father’s Day brunch at my house and it was a hit! :)

  45. Oh, the wonders of Google… “kale bacon quiche” yielded this lovely page, and I’m so glad it did! This was delicious! I just grated potatoes and squished out the water, and it worked just fine. The only change I would make is that I wouldn’t add salt, because the bacon and gruyere were pretty salty. Could have just been extra salty bacon though. Thanks for a great recipe!

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