Travel back in time six months to an early morning in my kitchen. As I was cooking bacon in the oven, it occurred to me that basket-weaving bacon together before cooking it might be an interesting thing to do. I chuckled to myself, thinking the idea a little silly, but couldn’t get it out of my head. You see, that’s what Fairy Foodie Godmothers do – they plant foodie ideas in foodies’ brains.
I knew the day had come to test the idea my Fairy Foodie Godmother had planted in my thoughts so many months prior – Latticed Bacon. I still wasn’t sure the idea of bacon woven like a basket (NOT in the shape of a basket, mind you) would look appetizing, but decided to give it a try. Sure enough, it worked beautifully, and ever since, I have thought of numerous ways in which Latticed Bacon can add a fun twist to a variety of dishes.
My personal Fairy Foodie Godmother wasn’t finished with me yet and lobbed one more idea into the gray gardens of my brain – Macaroni & Cheese Quiche. Well, what else was I going to make with leftover macaroni and extra quiche custard?
Macaroni & Cheese Quiche with Latticed Bacon
- For Latticed-Bacon Top:
- 12 slices bacon
- For Macaroni ‘n Cheese Quiche:
- 1 pound macaroni cooked per package directions
- 3 eggs slightly beaten
- 2 cups cream or Half ‘n Half
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ cup Gruyere cheese shredded
- ½ cup Swiss cheese shredded
- ½ cup Cheddar Monterey Jack or Mexican blend cheese shredded
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ teaspoon Bonnes Herbes Parisien Herb
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan grated
- ½ sweet yellow onion diced and sautéed, optional
- For Latticed-Bacon Top:
- Preheat oven to 400F and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- On the parchment-lined baking sheet, place bacon slices side-by-side the same width as the casserole dish. Using more bacon strips, weave them in from top-to-bottom (follow the same method as making a lattice piecrust – HERE is a great tutorial:
- Bake until crispy 20-25 minutes, turning it over halfway through cooking time.
- Once the bacon is cooked through and crispy, remove it from the oven and place on a paper towel to drain. Reserve bacon grease for later use.
- For Macaroni ‘n Cheese Quiche
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Spray a 1½-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
- Pour macaroni mixture into the casserole dish and place it in the oven.
- Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.
- Place latticed bacon on top and bake another 10-15 minutes or until mixture is set.
- If bacon begins to burn, loosely cover the dish with foil.
- Once the quiche is set, remove it from oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving.