This is an absolute flavor surprise. It is a result of my tweaking and combining several recipe ideas, to which I am sure many of you can relate. (OK, let's see a show of hands of those who usually follow a recipe without "tweaking" to your taste!) I put this together on Sunday mornings and we steal "just another little bite" until its lunch time, the quiche is gone and we are stuffed! Occasionally I add sauteed mushrooms for a light supper with your favorite salad.
Unroll prepared pie crust, (or make your own from scratch). Place into 9" glass pie plate that has been lightly sprayed with cooking oil.(Optional, but I highly recommend this: spray the crust very LIGHTLY with cooking spray and pierce carefully with a fork in two or three places. Bake @ 350 just until you see the texture of the surface dry just a bit, but do not let it brown...usually about 5 minues.. This results in a much flakier bottom crust!) Remove crust from oven and allow to cool completely before adding fillings.
Slice onion into thin crescent strips to mimic apple slices.
Core, peel, and slice apples into approximately 1/3" pieces. Toss with lemon juice to prevent discoloring.
Dice or crumble sausage and cook slowly on low heat in non stick skillet so that you do not need additional butter or oil. The sausage will produce its own yummy drippings if done slowly. The sausage is precooked and will be cooked again later in the quiche, so don't cook until it is dried out. Remove sausage to absorbent paper and set aside.
Add 2-3 Tbl. butter to skillet with sausage drippings and melt slowly to prevent browning. Increase heat to medium high and add sliced onions and cook for about 1 minute.
Add apples to onions, cooking for about 2-3 minutes until apples change color and softening begins. This mixture should gently simmer. Refrain from cooking past the initial stage to prevent a mushy quiche.
Add sausage, spices and extract to apples and onions. Turn off heat under your pan. Gently combine all ingredients and empty this onto a plate to start cooling.
Whisk together cream, milk and eggs together until there is no distinguishing between egg yolks and whites.
Spoon filling mixture into pie crust. Cover with cheeses. Gently pour egg mixture over all ingredients. If you precooked the crust, I recommend cutting thin strips of foil and covering edges of crust to prevent over browning.
Cook at 350 for about 40-50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into middle of pie comes out fairly dry. If you find that the pie is browning too much before it finishes cooking, make a tent of a piece of foil creased in the middle and lay gently on top of pie. You may want to spray the side of the foil that contacts the pie with a little pan spray, but try to tent it enough so that little contact occurs.
Combine yogurt, mayo and Miracle Whip and refrigerate. A dash of cinnamon is good in this topping of you prefer. The topping is optional. I serve it on the side in a tiny dipping bowl.