Baking Quiche the Day Before the Party

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Quiche makes an ideal party food because it's easy to make, reheat and serve. This pie combo of eggs and cheese mixed with your choice of veggies and meat can be served as hors d'oeuvres or as a main course. You can add ingredients to suit the affair. Try bacon and sausage if it's a morning or brunch event; broccoli and onions or spinach and artichokes for an vegetarian pie; or hamburger quiche for the kiddos. And making your quiche the day before the party is a good idea for the time-stressed host or party goer.

Baking vs. Preparing

  • You may prepare a quiche in advance without baking it. Mix the eggs, milk, cheeses, veggies and meat into the baking dish, then refrigerate or freeze it for baking later. When you'll be serving the quiche at a party the next day, baking in advance is the recommended method. This leaves more time on the day of the party for hosting duties and other prep work. Plus, properly storing a baked quiche for one day shouldn't affect the taste or quality of the dish.

Refrigerate, Don't Freeze

  • With a 24-hour or less turnaround time between baking and serving, refrigeration is the best way to store the quiche overnight. A prebaked, refrigerated quiche keeps for three to four days. You won't need to thaw it out, so it takes less time to reheat. Make sure you reheat it so the center is at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit before serving.

All-Important Cool Down

  • It's important to let the quiche cool down to room temperature before wrapping and storing it in the fridge overnight. This decreases the chance of condensation, which could lead to sogginess of the crust and the baked egg mixture, as well as diminished flavor. Don't let the cool-down period last too long, though; the quiche shouldn't sit out for more than two hours before storing.

Wrap it Up

  • After the quiche has cooled down, it's time to wrap it. Plastic wrap or aluminum foil works fine. Make sure the quiche is fully wrapped, then slide it into a zipper-lock bag. The extra measure of placing in a sealable baggie helps ensure that flavors from other food stored in your fridge won't creep into the quiche.

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