I had stretched myself thin the other day and needed backup badly. Ruedi wound up making the quiche pastry and then the quiche filling for this post and the result was magnificent. Maybe all the more so because I didn't make it myself. 'Tis good not to be the only cook in the house. Now if I could just get Cat to vacuum, I'd be set.
This recipe was intended to be crustless, but I dig crusty quiches, so we had one with and one without. Take advantage of whatever you have in the fridge that needs to be used up as alternative ingredients. This is why quiches are such favourites: there are so many options as far as ingredient combinations. Make a big salad to accompany it and pat yourself on the back for having created a light, but gourmet meal. Then proceed to dig your secret stash of brownies out of your bedside table and pound them back after dinner to help balance your chi.
Filling Adapted From: http://bibbyskitchenat36.com
Crust From: http://www.food.com
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup ice water
- 3 T olive oil
- 2 cups roasted butternut squash
- 1 shallot, sliced
- 2 leeks, chopped
- 200g spinach leaves
- zest and juice of half a lemon
- pinch of nutmeg
- 6 eggs
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1 t wholegrain mustard
- 1/2 t oregano
- 1/3 cup mature white cheddar
- 100g feta
- handful of pine nuts
- salt and pepper
Crust: Mix the flour and salt together with a fork. Beat oil and water with a whisk or a fork to thicken. Pour into flour and mix with a fork. Press into a 9" pie crust. Bake for 10 minutes at 350F and then remove from heat.
Filling: Preheat oven to 400F. Peel and cube the butternut squash. Toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Heat a pan with a tablespoon of oil. Add shallot and saute for 2 minutes. Add the leeks and let cook until soft. Toss in the spinach, allowing to wilt and then follow with the lemon, zest, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
In a bowl combine the eggs, milk, mustard and oregano. Add a pinch of salt and the grated cheese, combining well.
Place half of the squash in the bottom of the crust-covered pie pan and the other half in a pie pan without crust that has been greased with a little olive oil. Follow with the spinach and leek mix in both pans and then the egg mixture. Top with crumbled feta and the pine nuts. Bake at 400F for 30-35 minutes.