If you have a Pit Boss, you may not realize that it’s totally possible to cook breakfast on it. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to cook on it like a griddle, but you can cook breakfast foods like quiche. Here’s my step-by-step process of how to make a quiche on a Pit Boss pellet grill as well as the mistakes I made the first time I cooked it.
Cooking a Quiche On A Pit Boss Pellet Grill
To cook the perfect quiche, you need the following:
- Proper tools
- Frozen Pie Crust or homemade
- Quiche filling
- Pinto beans or pie weights
- Baking Pie Crust Shield Protector (to prevent burning)
Most people have no clue they can cook a quiche on a pellet grill. The pellet grill cooks like a convection oven. Which means whatever you can cook in a convection oven, you can cook on the pellet grill.
You can even cook frozen pizzas and homemade pizzas on your pellet grill.
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That said, you have to be careful as the pellet grill has a tendency to get too hot, and you can end up burning the crust like I did the first time I cooked quiche on the grill. Don’t worry, I’ll share some of the mistakes I made the first time I cooked quiche on the pellet grill.
When you’re done reading this guide, you’ll understand how to cook a quiche on the Pit Boss. If you like bacon with the quiche, check out this guide on how to cook bacon on the Pit Boss.
But First, What Is Quiche?
Never heard of quiche before? Well, I hadn’t either until I read a recipe on the Pit Boss website. Simply put, quiche is a pie made of eggs and (your favorite fillings) served at breakfast or brunch.
What Fillings Go Well With Quiche?
There are several different flavors of quiche. You can fresh ingredients such as zucchini, bacon bits, asparagus, etc.
For this recipe, I used my favorite combination of ham, garlic, red peppers, onions, and garlic. Here’s the amount I used to make two quiche pies.
|Eggs||9 (458 grams)|
|Ham (diced)||300 grams|
|Onion (White, diced)||200 grams|
|Red bell pepper (diced)||130 grams|
|Milk (I used 2%)||60 grams|
|Olive oil||27 grams|
|Garlic (peeled)||12 grams (about 2 cloves)|
|Chili Paste||1 dash|
You don’t have to worry about pre-cooking any of the ingredients. (unless you want to) Just mix them together.
Once I had all the ingredients together, I used my Vitamix to blend everything together, so I could fill the pie crust. If you don’t have a Vitamix, you can use any other blender or a bowl to mix the ingredients together.
What Are The Best Quiche Fillings?
The answer will vary from person to person. Quiches work best with cheese, meats, vegetables, and meats.
Pre-cooking ingredients beforehand: Some recipes will call for the meats to be pre-cooked and padded dry. For example, if you’re using bacon, you would want to pre-cook it and remove any excess grease with a paper towel.
The recipe I used to for my quiche didn’t call for the ham to be precooked, although you if you chose too.
Sautéing the veggies: If you decide to sauté the veggies before adding them to the quiche, do it on the stovetop. Remove any excess moisture with a paper towel.
Adding fresh veggies to quiches: Kale, tomatoes, and spinach can be added to the quiche without pre-cooking. It’s a personal choice if you want to pre-cook the kale or spinach.
When I baked my quiche, I didn’t pre-cook any of the ingredients. The only thing I wish I would’ve done differently is pre-cooked the ham.
Blind Baking the Pie Crusts
I usually make homemade pie crusts, but for my first quiche on the grill, I used frozen pie crusts I purchased from Walmart.
There are some people who say you don’t have to blind bake your crust, but I chose to blind bake mine. It basically means you’re pre-baking the crust before adding the filling.
If you want a more thorough explanation, read this. You can use pie weights like these or pinto beans. For my first blind baking experience on the Pit Boss, I chose pinto beans.
How to Blind Bake
I lined the crusts with parchment paper and filled the crusts with pinto beans until they were almost completely full.
The weight of the beans will prevent the bottom of the pie from bubbling up from the heat. After about five minutes, I removed the beans and put the pie crusts back in the grill.
I like my crusts to be a brownish color, and the weight of the beans prevented the bottom of the pie crusts from baking.
Once it reached the desired temperature, I put the frozen pie crusts directly on the grates, without a crust shield.
I closed the lid and left them alone for about five minutes. What I realized after opening the lid, was that I should’ve covered the crusts to prevent them from burning.
My first quiche cooking experience on the Pit Boss was a total flop. The crust was burnt, and I ended up having to go back to the grocery store to buy new ones.
Here’s an image of the burnt pie crusts.
When you blind back your quiche make sure you’re using a pie crust shield to protect the crusts. I have several and the ones that have provided the best protection are these aluminum ones on Amazon.
They are extremely affordable and you can use them over and over. The best part is they are extremely easy to clean.
Fill the Pie Crusts With The Filling
Once the pie crusts have baked for a while, I let them cool for about five minutes before filling them. Fill the pie crusts about
The first time I cooked the quiche, I only had the silicone pie shields.
The silicone pie shields worked well, but I prefer the aluminum ones as they provided more protection.
Fill the pie pans until they are almost completely to the top. You want to make sure you can move the pie crust around without spilling any of the filling.
Don’t worry, none of the filling will spill over onto the grill.
Put The Quiche On The Grill
Now, it’s time to put the quiche on the pellet grill. Place the two pie pans directly on the bottom rack. Ensure the flame broiler is closed as you’ll be using indirect heat to cook the quiche.
Close the lid and let them cook.
What Do Temperature Do You Cook Quiche On The Pit Boss?
I cooked my quiche at 350°F because I wanted to make sure it didn’t burn. It’ll take about 30-40 minutes to cook the quiche. That said, you want to monitor the quiche to make sure it cooks thoroughly.
If you insert a toothpick in the middle and it comes out clean, the quiche is done.
The worst thing you can do is undercook the quiche. You run the risk of salmonella, although that’s highly unlikely. Instead, you’ll end up with a watery quiche that no one likes.
If you overbake the quiche, it will become dry and will be stiff throughout.
Ensure you cook the quiche to where it jiggles a little whenever you cut into it.
Best Pellets to Use for Cooking Quiche on the Pit Boss?
If you’re only cooking breakfast one time on the Pit Boss, you can use whatever flavor you have in the hopper.
For those of you who love cooking breakfast, then consider loading up the Pit Boss with the Maple Hardwood Pellets.
- Sourced from the lush woodlands of northern America
- Smoking pellets are 100% all natural
- No added scents, sprays, or glues
- Ideal for grilling and smoking beef, chicken, pork, and vegetables
- Produces clean smoke
These pellets are perfect for cooking seafood, poultry, and baking. They will help enhance the flavor of the breakfast foods you prepare on the grill.
The Key to Cooking the Perfect Quiche
One of the biggest mistakes people make when cooking quiche is getting the ratio of eggs and milk wrong. Using too many eggs results in a rubber quiche that is too firm, and not enough prevents the custard from setting.
I personally always follow a recipe. But if you’re making quiche without a recipe, then remember this tip.
Tip: 1/2 cup of dairy for 1 large egg. For a standard 9-inch pie pan, you’ll want to use 3 large eggs and 1 1/2 cups of milk for the filling.
The Pit Boss can cook so much more than steaks and burgers. If you haven’t yet used it to cook breakfast, consider cooking your first quiche.
Hopefully, this guide will help you avoid the same mistakes I made the first time I made one. I haven’t cooked a quiche in a while, but it’s one of my favorite breakfast foods to prepare.
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