Cooking for Dogs – Potato Crust Quiche

Potato Crust Quiche

There’s something about quiche, isn’t there?
It’s just so…fancy! When I was a kid, my Mom was an awful cook. Whatever happened in the realm of the kitchen was of absolutely no interest to her, so the only time we got something like quiche was when we went to these fancy hotel brunches, where we had to wear dresses and bunchy tights.

While my frilly frock days are well over, my love of quiche has certainly survived the test of time.
I love to make a hearty quiche and while I know the traditional butter pastry crusts are favoured by most, I am a huge fan of the easier to make, ridiculously tasty potato crusts. The bonus of making quiche with a potato crust is that it makes it 100% dog friendly, so you don’t have to feel guilty when Fido’s giving you “the look” with those puppy dog eyes.

Quiche is so versatile too!
No matter what foods you enjoy most, I’m sure you can make a tasty quiche that uses those flavours. You can go with the traditional ham & cheese, try a yummy vegetarian option – or go nuts like me and throw in everything plus the kitchen sink. Making quiche at my house is literally and exercises in opening the fridge and throwing in whatever we’ve got that sounds good and “quiche-y”. I love to make the easy potato using leftover mashed potatoes.

Potato Crust Quiche

Here’s what you need:

CRUST
Mashed potatoes (try to save some before you add all the butter and salt – or make them fresh for your tarts!)
1 egg
Pinch garlic powder
Olive oil

FILLING
5 eggs
½ cup milk
2 cups “stuff”
• We use lean ham, chicken, turkey, salmon or steak, along with bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, sundried tomatoes – whatever you have in the fridge that is tasty and dog friendly. Remember, you should never feed onions to your dogs, so leave those out.
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh herbs
• We like parsley (great with ham or steak) , basil (yummy with chicken or turkey) or dill (totally delicious with salmon)
1 cup, shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350F.
In a medium bowl, mix together mashed potato, egg and garlic powder. Brush a tart pan with olive oil. Press mashed potato mixture into the pan, making sure it is as even a thickness as possible. Brush with olive oil. Place in oven and bake for 20 – 30 minutes or until lightly brown.

While the crust is baking, finely chop your “stuff” and set it aside. In a bowl, whip together the egg and milk. Once crust has baked, fill the tarts with your “stuff” and fresh herbs. Pour egg mixture into the tarts and top with cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops have “puffed” slightly and the cheese is golden brown.
Your dogs will be begging for a bite – and you don’t have to feel bad about giving it to them. My two small dogs usually only get one tart, because overdoing it on the eggs can leave them a little gassy, but man! Do they ever enjoy that one tart. I really enjoy the tarts too and often, my brunch guests have no idea that they’re eating the dog’s breakfast. What they don’t know won’t hurt them, right?

What kind of tasty flavours do you like? We’d love to hear what’s in your favourite quiche!

Jodi, Kolchak, and Felix

Meet our Cooking for Dogs Contributor Jodi and her dogs Kolchak and Felix

Jodi is a canine nutrition and small animal naturopathy student hailing from beautiful Vancouver, BC. (That’s in Canada, eh?) She loves to experiment in the kitchen, creating tasty (and healthy) treats for her two dogs, Felix & Kolchak and the rest of her family. Jodi’s blog, Kol’s Notes follows the antics of the irrepressible Kolchak as he celebrates good food, good friends and the good life.


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Comments

  1. this sounds so darned delicious that if I made this recipe I am seriously doubting that Dakota would get ANY!

    • Kolchak, Felix & Jodi says:

      LOL, if you can resist “the eyes” then you are a stronger woman than I. Koly’s eyes are just so…beseeching!

  2. Oh BOY! Does that sound GOOD!
    I’m drooling like crazy. I hope my Mom makes ME some of those…

    XOXO

    HERO

  3. That actually sounds good for people! LOL!

    • Kolchak, Felix & Jodi says:

      Hi Kristen – That’s the whole idea! We try to make foods that you will enjoy yourself and that you don’t have to feel guilty about sharing! It’s dog-friendly people food (or people-friendly dog food, depending how you look at it! LOL)

  4. Ripley loves cheese flavors.

  5. Great idea for dogs! Love the recipe.

  6. I am sure my dog would devour this in seconds!

  7. Those look great!

  8. Man, your dogs are seriously lucky! I’d love this myself and use sweet potato in the crust

    • Kolchak, Felix & Jodi says:

      Ooooohhhhh, sweet potato with chicken and spinach inside, with parm and provolone on top. Droooools!

      That’s actually the idea! This is a meal that I can make for myself that I don’t have to feel bad sharing with the dogs!

  9. Yum!

  10. Linda R says:

    I think my dogs would definitely enjoy this and it looks easy enough to do. Thanks for sharing

  11. Yummy .. I don’t have a doggie… But I am tempted to cook them anyways

    • Kolchak, Felix & Jodi says:

      Go for it! I love eating the potato crust. This is just people food that happens to be dog friendly!

  12. Oh sounds perfect. We are going to have to slide this recipe near my mamas nose. Thank you for the share! 🙂 ~Weinerful Gang~

  13. This would be too fattening for my dog. She’s on a special diet. But I pinned it to my blog articles and G+ it too! I create recipes for canines too but a little different than this. Sometime I’ll put some on my blog! But not for awhile. Working on recipes for people right now … :o) Nice job!

    • Kolchak, Felix & Jodi says:

      Definitely not a great recipe for those on a restricted diet! I’d love to check out some of your doggy recipes. Where do you blog??!

  14. My mom’s ouch would love this

  15. These sound really good!!! I don’t own a dog… yet, but i would probably make these for me!

  16. Okay, So I am SOOOOOO making this tonight. I was wondering what to do with that turkey!

  17. Oh, this sounds so yummy! I would have no problem giving this to my two black labs and then having some myself (not the same one of course hahaha). 🙂

  18. I looks good enough for me. I mean FOR ME. So good

  19. Cathy Davis says:

    Hi!
    This is my first time to your site – that quiche sounds yummy!! And I think it’s so sweet you try to find dog-friendly foods like that!

  20. Cyndy L says:

    Not being a dog owner, I was confused at first…thought this was just for dogs until I kept reading. Clearly time for me to have more coffee – sounds like a yummy recipe!

    • All of our recipes are people food that are dog friendly. The recipes aren’t to teach people how to make homemade dog food but to make something the whole family can enjoy.

      Davinia and Indiana get store bought dry food but every once in a while they get a special treat or a bite of my dinner.

  21. I love quiche… never thought of making it for a dog…

    XOXO
    Paula

  22. sandy weinstein says:

    i use to cook all the food for my oldest dog, then i got 2 more, so now i feed what the homeopathic dr prescribes. she is not a fan of any processed dog food, i do feed raw venision, rabbit, etc. i also feed non salted stringbeans, i also steam mustard greens/kale in olive oil sprayed with garlic powder. sometimes i make kale chips for the girls….with all of the recalls, it is almost better to make the dog food these days….your recipes are fantastic….

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