Monday, September 24, 2007

La Quiche

In August, I wrote about a quiche I had for lunch when I was in Giverny, France this summer.

Ever since we returned home, I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen. The memorable Giverny quiche had a five-inch high silky mousse-like filling studded with tiny chunks of flavorful just-picked string beans, red pepper, zucchini and potatoes. The butter-rich crust was equally noteworthy.

When Fred was home, I planned to make him what I thought was a pretty close copy. Living in Los Angeles, he’d become quite a quiche connoisseur. Now, he wanted to watch me make one, so he could learn the tricks of great crust and scrumptious filling.

On the day he was going to fly back to LA, I got up early and made the crust.

First I patted the dough into a disk and refrigerated it. A bit later, I rolled it out, put it into a tart pan and put the pan back in the fridge.

When Fred woke up, we put the crust in the oven to brown.

When I got out the ingredients to make the Giverny filling. He asked if I could make his favorite mushroom and spinach filling instead. Needless to say, I obliged. Fred garnished the top with very thin sliced zucchini and tomatoes before it went into the oven.

Once the quiche was baking, I let Fred make a crust so he would see how easy it was. I planned to use the extra crust to make a Giverny quiche later in the week.

About a half hour before he needed to leave for the airport, the quiche was ready. Fred was impressed. When he asked for a Tupperware container to take the quiche --minus the wedge that we ate – home with him, I knew the recipe was a keeper.

Alas, I forgot to take a photo.

Three days later, I was once again persuaded to try a different filling, onion this time. It wasn’t nearly as tasty, but I did remember to snap a photo.

Here’s how to make a killer quiche:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick chilled unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1 large egg
Ice- cold water

In a food processor, combine flour salt and butter. Process until mixture has a crumb-like texture. Add egg and process for a few seconds.

Add a spoon of ice water and pulse processor a few times. Add another spoon of water and pulse, as many times as necessary until dough just holds together. Do not over-process.

Turn dough into a plastic bag and pat into a disk. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

When ready to make quiche, remove dough from refrigerator. Let sit for 10 minutes, then roll out on a lightly-floured surface, until circle will fit your tart or quiche pan. Place in pan and tidy-up edges. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. This is very important, if the crust isn’t ice cold it will shrink when you put it in the oven! Prick bottom of pie crust with a fork in 4 places, then bake in 350 oven for 12 minutes. Remove from oven. Let cool slightly, then add filling.

3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated gruyere cheese
Salt and pepper
Dash of onion and garlic powder
A pinch of dried thyme
1 1/2 to 2 cups of cooked veggies (string beans, red pepper, zucchini and potatoes)

With a whisk beat eggs until little bubbles form. Add
all other ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. Although quiche will firm up slightly as it cools, do not take it out of the oven if center is wet.

Substitute 6 oz brown or white mushrooms and
8 oz of spinach for the cooked veggies.

Cut mushrooms into small chunks and sauté in a little olive oil. Add salt, pepper and a pinch of dried thyme.

Place spinach in a sauté pan and sprinkle with water. Cover and cook over a very low flame until soft. Use a scissor to cut spinach up in to smaller pieces.

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Jackie Von Tobel said...

Looks delicious! Oddly I've been to France a few times and never had quiche there! That fact never occurred to me before. I guess I was too busy stuffing my pie hole with croissants and jam! Yum....

cjan said...

Barbara, Your Quiche looks Yummy. Wonder how I can "Veganise" it?? LOL. I have made a Spinach Quiche with tofu. It turned out pretty good.But don't know how I can make a vegan crust to equal Yours...

Have a good time on your next venture..


Mélanie said...

Barbara , thank you so much for your link .
The quiche looks great ...miam miam

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Barbara, your son sounds wonderful! My son is also in college and loves to cook. He also starts school this week at UC Davis. I love quiche so I'll hav to try your recipe, it looks good!

Penny Carlson said...

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Quiche seems to be one of those scary things to make and I must confess, I have always used a regular pie crust. I am really looking forward to trying this crust and both fillings!

I love Melanie's blod! I have been following it for some time now. Great choice!

Have a nice trip!

Anonymous said...

Your quiche looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe! ~ Lynda ♥

Lisa said...

Now this looks yummy. I may try it.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

How yummy that sounds and looks ! I just love quiche and am dying to try the recipe ~ YUM !!!

Tutti Chic said...

I'll have to remember to NOT read a delicious recipe when I'm dieting!! I'll be thinking about quiche for hours now!!LOL! Fred's garnishes look delicious on your yummy looking quiche~:)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Barbara, I have just now found your blog (From Pat at Back Porch Musings) and thank you for putting me on your links! I will definitely do the same for you. I just browsed around a bit & see that you are quite famous & have all sorts of magazine editing in your background, so I'm so happy to have met you. I'll be back to check out all your inspirational pics, which are great!


FrenchGardenHouse said...

oh, I just had a quiche much like this in Cambria! Thanks so much for the recipe...copying it right now.
Melanie is a gem, and her treasures...beyond wonderful!

Teresa said...

I love making quiche so thanks for the recipe!


Trisha said...

I so appreciate the quiche recipes. Just reading them makes me realize how much I enjoy a good quiche. I cannot wait to try them.

Trisha Evans

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