A Very Versatile Quiche Formula!

This is a great recipe for using up leftover veggies, or whatever veggies are in your garden or fridge… I’ve adapted it from a recipe in Mollie Katzen’s cookbook, “The Enchanted Broccoli Forest”. Hope you like it!

Note: You can find Fine sea salt, Aussie Kibble Pepper and Organic Garlic for this recipe in my online store!

1. First you need a crust. If you have a favourite crust recipe, go ahead and make that, or you could use one of these:

Basic Spelt Crust (makes 2 crusts)
Place in food processor or Thermomix:
– 2 cups (300g) spelt flour (mixture of wholemeal & white)
– 2 t baking powder,
– 3/4 cup butter/lard or 1/2 cup olive oil
– 1 t salt
Mix until looks like crumbs, then add and mix until a ball of dough forms:
– 1/4 cup icy cold water (approx.) 
– squeeze of lemon juice
Roll out on bread mat or floured board and place in buttered pie/quiche pans. No need to pre-bake.

Crumb Crust (makes 2 crusts) – easy – doesn’t have to be rolled out.
(I use this when I’ve had a failure with my bread! I grind the whole thing up into crumbs and freeze them.)
Mix in food processor/Thermomix:
– 2 cups (300g) wholemeal spelt bread crumbs
– 1/2 cup wholemeal spelt flour
– 1 cup raw spelt/rice bran
– 1 cup rolled oats
– 1/4 t salt
– few dashes of Italian herbs
– 1/2 cup melted butter or oil
Press into buttered pie pans and pre-bake in moderate oven for 10 mins.

2. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F).

3. Okay, now for the easiest part. There are only three steps to go.
First, The Cheese. (If you can’t have cheese, leave this part out, or replace it with a dairy-free substitute.) The cheese goes first, as the fat in it melts and forms a moisture-resistant layer between the filling and crust, so the crust doesn’t go soggy. I usually use:
– 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (divided between the two crusts). You can also add come crumbled fetta cheese if you like. It just needs to be enough to barely cover the bottom of the crust.

4. The Filling: place the filling of your choice over the cheese. There’s so many options for this part – steamed/leftover veggies, leftover cooked, chopped meat, tuna/salmon… Try a different one for each quiche – here’s a few ideas…
Spinach/Silverbeet/Bok Choy (a few handfuls, chopped and sautéed with chopped onions, dry mustard and nutmeg)
Mushrooms (a few handfuls, sliced and sautéed with shallots/green onions, garlic, oregano and thyme)
Asparagus (sliced and steamed, or tinned, with herbs)
Broccoli (one large stalk, chopped and steamed, with lemon juice and garlic)
Tomato (1-2 tomatoes, sliced and sautéed gently in olive oil and/or butter, with Italian herbs)
Fresh herbs (marjoram, thyme, basil, dill, chives, parsley – snipped and sautéed with onions and capsicum/peppers)
Marinated artichoke hearts (drained and chopped)
Mixed veggies (steamed/leftover broccoli, carrot, corn, etc, with sautéed onion and garlic, and slices of tomato on top)
Tuna/salmon (tinned, with steamed broccoli, sautéed onion or fresh shallots)
– whatever else you can think of!

5. The Custard -beat together and pour over the top:
– 4 large eggs
– 1 1/2 cups rice/almond milk
(or you can use a mixture of sour cream and milk, or buttermilk instead of rice/almond milk.)
Dust the top with paprika or herbs.

6. Bake for 35-40 minutes in moderate oven, or until set.

If you end up with too much pastry and filling, make some mini quiches in muffin cups. Or if you have some scraps of pastry, roll them out and bake them on a tray for the kids to eat like crackers.

I hope these amounts are right – I’m notorious for altering recipes and not writing it down!

8 thoughts on “A Very Versatile Quiche Formula!

  1. Karen says:

    I think I’m going to give this a try. It doesn’t seem like it would be too difficult. And it should be pretty healthy! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’m bookmarking your site!

    Hope you have a great week!
    Karen

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jo

    I really like the way this looks — allows for so many options! I’m going to use it for company dinner tomorrow night. How many portions should I figure it makes?

    Sara

  3. Jo says:

    Hi Sara, this makes two quiches in regular deep dish pie pans – cut in eighths, 16 pieces. With a salad you’d want two or three pieces for each adult. The leftovers are nice cold for lunch!

    Jo.

  4. Hannah Quah says:

    Hi Jo, thanks for sharing your recipes. I just bought the Thermomix a couple of weeks ago. I hope to learn more from you. I like quiche. Btw, I don’t think we have spelt flour in Malaysia. Can this be replaced with multi purpose flour?

    Hannah

  5. Jo Whitton says:

    Hi Hannah, Yes, you can use regular flour instead of spelt flour – sometimes you may need a little more liquid though, as spelt flour is moister than regular wheat flour. 🙂

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