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Photo credit: Kady W. Adapted from garlicandzest.com
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place pie pastry into a glass or ceramic 9" pie plate. Press bottom and sides into the plate and finish the edges of the crust by pressing the tines of a fork against the rim or by pursing the edges together between your thumb and forefinger. Refrigerate the crust until the oven has heated completely. Place pie plate into the oven and bake for 6-7 minutes until crust is set and just starting to brown. Remove crust from oven and set aside.
Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium to medium-low heat. Add sliced onions and sprinkle with salt. Stir and cover. Let the onions caramelize in the pot, stirring occasionally. This may take 40-45 minutes.
While the onions reduce, in a large bowl combine the eggs, milk, cream, black pepper and nutmeg. Whisk to combine. Add the cheese to the egg mixture and stir. When the onions have finished caramelizing, add the thyme to them and stir well. Take a spoonful of the onions and add them to the egg mixture, stirring well. Continue to add the onions to the eggs a spoonful at a time, to temper the egg mixture.
Place a piece of aluminum foil on an edged baking sheet. Set the pie shell on top of the foil. Pour the egg mixture into the prepared pie shell. Cut a piece of foil about 10" square. Place the baking sheet into the oven and carefully set the foil on top of the pie crust (not touching the egg mixture. (this will prevent over-browning the crust). Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for 15 minutes, until quiche is set.
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