Friday, January 30, 2015

Guinness Caramelized Onion & Irish Cheddar Quiche

We celebrate the feast of St. Brigid of Kildare, 5th century Irish saint, on February 1.  Our family has had chickens almost two years now and I really enjoy having the fresh eggs readily available in our kitchen. I recently learned that St. Brigid, in addition to being a patron of Ireland, is also the patron of poultry farmers. So as "poultry farmers" I thought it would be nice to find an egg dish to celebrate our patron's feast day and found this great recipe chock full of Irish ingredients - Guinness, potato, kale, Irish cheddar.  The Guinness caramelized onions add a tasty zing to this egg abundant dish.  Great for a breakfast or brunch on her feast day or that of other Irish saints. 

Guinness Caramelized Onion & Irish Cheddar Quiche


1 cup Irish cheddar, grated
1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup Guinness beer
1 cup spinach, chopped  (or combo spinach and kale)
1 small potato, diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
extra virgin olive oil or cooking spray to coat pans


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Saute onions over medium heat in olive oil and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes.  Pour Guinness into the pan, stir and cover.  Let cook for 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed.  Place diced potatoes in another greased pan, and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. 

In bowl, beat eggs then add milk and mix.  Add cheese, onions, potatoes, spinach (& kale optional), salt and pepper.  Mix together and pour into greased round baking dish or quiche pan. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. 

For past St. Brigid day recipes that recognize another of her patronages - dairy farmers - check out these bread recipes, with include buttermilk. Traditional Irish Soda Bread  and St. Brigid's Oaten Bread

St. Brigid, Pray for us!

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  1. Thank you for the recipes! Our family has really enjoyed having them to help celebrate the liturgical year.

  2. This is great! We too own a small flock of chickens and I never knew St. Brigid was the patron saint of poultry farmers. Thanks for sharing - my boys will be thrilled when I tell them! :)

    1. Laura, then you will probably appreciate this find - a picture of an icon of St. Brigid hung in a hen house.

  3. I'm too late for st brigid, but this will be a nice addition to our St Patrick tea.

  4. Yummy, this sounds so good. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.