Abby Normal's Quiche L'Brain

Abby Normal’s Quiche L’Brain

In my attempt to seem as outdated as possible, I’ve dedicated my HoboTrashcan Halloween column this year to a movie that is ten years older than myself… Young Frankenstein. I can’t help it, it doesn’t age. I’m also hoping that Gene Wilder will follow suit and doesn’t age. That’d be great.

I know it’s not scary, but it’s funny as hell and perfect for a lighthearted spooky night in. And if you’re gonna be hanging back and watching Young Frankenstein, might as well theme out your dinner to go with it!

Super simple, delicious and most importantly, just as classic as the film itself: Julia Child’s Quiche Lorraine recipe. Except, sausage brains give it a creepy, comedic weirdness and delicious spice that isn’t in the original.

Would the Doctor care for a quiche before retiring? Ovaltine?

Below is the column as it appeared on

You can call me an old lady. You can call me a pussy. But when I thought to myself, “What scary movies am I partial to?” when trying to brainstorm Halloween recipes, there was really only one choice. Young Frankenstein. (I do hope you pronounced that correctly when you read it.)

I know it’s not super scary (or scary at all) and it’s old as shit, but it’s a CLASSIC. If this movie doesn’t put you in the mood for Halloween, then I don’t even know if I can look at you. I’m a total Gene Wilder freak, so I might be a little biased, but I am pretty sure it’s one of the best movies ever made.

You could not have a better cast. Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman … are you kidding me!? It’s just chock full of all that classic Mel Brooks/Gene Wilder humor.

Walk this way!

Frau Blucher … *cue horses*


And to honor the film, in all of its wonderfulness, I’ve made a classic French Quiche Lorraine, in which I’ve replaced the bacon with sausage … shaped into little abnormal brains. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you: Abby Normal’s Quiche L’Brain.

Bake up some brains, pop in the movie and have a roll in zee hay with me for Halloween.

Abby Normal's Quiche L'Brain

Brains and custard!

Abby Normal’s Quiche L’Brain
(Recipe adapted from Julia Child’s Quiche Lorraine)
8 oz. sausage
9 in. unbaked pie shell, homemade or store bought
3 eggs
2 cups cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp butter, cut into pea-sized chunks

Special Equipment
quiche pan
brain molds

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Shape pie crust into quiche pan. Bake for 5 minutes.

Shape sausage into brain molds. Place on baking sheet, brain-side-up. Bake for 30 minutes, until cooked through. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

Shape pie shell into the quiche pan. Lay brains in the bottom of the shell.

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, cream and seasonings. Pour into shell. Dot with butter.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the quiche has puffed and is brown on top.

Fontina has an Ohio heart and Philly spunk. She loves giving you recipes for hearty food, pop-culture puns and a hell of a lot of craft beer. You can find her in the kitchen, at the bar, on Twitter or marathoning episodes of Shin Chan or Bob's Burgers online.

'Abby Normal’s Quiche L’Brain' has 1 comment

  1. October 29, 2013 @ 8:29 am Mike Jr.

    What’s scary to me is that you’re 10 yrs younger than that movie.


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