A Mycological Adventure

I promised to make an entrée for my choir’s annual charity auction and dinner, but I really wasn’t sure what to make.  It needed to be a recipe that I could easily scale to feed a large crowd and one that didn’t need to be served hot.  What’s a girl to do?  Serve quiche!  Thankfully, one of my vintage cookbooks, Wild Mushroom Recipes, published by the Puget Sound Mycological Society in 1978, had a lovely-looking recipe for a mushroom quiche that I had been eying.

The original recipe called for Sparassis mushrooms, and since I did not have time to learn how to forage for mushrooms, I substituted more readily available mushrooms for the less mycologically inclined cook.

Mushroom and Bacon Quiche

Adapted from Wild Mushroom Recipes

1 frozen pie crust

4 slices of bacon, fried crisp and crumbled

1 cup grated Swiss cheese

1 cup sautéed mushrooms (I used a mix of cremini, shitake, and oyster)

4 eggs

1 3/4 cup cream

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground pepper

1. Sauté bacon until crisp and remove from pan.  Crumble bacon into small pieces.

2. Chop mushrooms and sauté in bacon grease for 5-7 minutes on medium-high.

3. Sprinkle bacon, mushrooms, and grated Swiss cheese into the pie shell.

4. Beat together eggs, cream, and spices and pour over bacon and mushroom mixture.  Don’t over fill!

5. Bake for 35-45 min. at 375 until eggs are set and the top has browned.  Serve either hot or cold!

I scaled this recipe and made 6 quiches, baking two at a time.  I’m happy to report it was the first item at the auction dinner to be eaten up!  I call it a resounding success!


  1. Reply
    Kate May 2, 2010

    Wow! This recipe has everything that I like! I think you get to make brunch next time you visit.

  2. Reply
    Cuisine Kathleen May 2, 2010

    Hi Alison,
    I love your mom’s blog and it looks like you are a chip off the old blog..:)
    Your quiches look great, and I hope there was no double dipping at those vintage parties!
    Nice to meet you!
    Southampton, NY

  3. Reply

    You can NEVER go wrong with quiche! Looks pretty… and I know it tastes good!

  4. Reply
    alison May 2, 2010

    @Kate (Mom): Most definitely. I really liked this quiche a lot!

    @Kathleen: Nice to meet you as well! Thanks for stopping by.

    @Susan: I completely agree –they’re so yummy!

  5. Reply

    Oh wow–bacon and mushroom, two of my favorite things! I will have to try this recipe for sure.

  6. Reply
    julie May 3, 2010

    Yum…. What time is dinner? I can see why those went first, they’re beautiful!

  7. Reply
    Rachel May 3, 2010

    Hey Alison,

    I just wanted to tell you that I have been reading your blog and it is wonderful. I perfect blend of your skills and hobbies! The photography is also really beautiful! Are you using a point and shoot or something more sophisiticated? Glad to read that you are having fun up in Seattle. Let me know the next time you are down in LA!


    • Reply
      alison May 4, 2010

      Rachel! Thanks so much for your comments, especially on my photography! I started using Kevin’s Canon Digital SLR a few months back and I’ve been getting better about only using natural light, which makes things look *so* much better. The photography aspect has been a big learning experience for me. 🙂 It’s so nice to know that a friend is reading the blog!

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