Prep 40 mins
Cook 40 mins
I invented these extreme variations of Quiche Lorraine at the end of ZWT5 based on Karen Elizabeth's Classic Quiche Lorraine #299242, taking advantage of the unique ingredients I had bought over the tour. Each variation I tried and pictured was great in its own way. Next time, if I had piperade sauce on hand (Julie B's Hive's Piperade for One or Two #233205), I might add that on a wedge. The measurements for toppings are for 1 choice of topping to cover the entire quiche. Choose 1,2,3,4, or 5 toppings, and make a decorative pattern, allowing small wedges to be cut of this rich quiche. If available, Pillsbury's refrigerated pie crust works well (do not prick or pre-bake) in a glass deep-dish pie plate. To make the crust less soggy, wash the bottom crust with egg white and refrigerate for 10 minutes before adding the filling. I recommend very small wedges (12 servings), this is very rich. Serve with a side salad with vinaigrette dressing.
- 9 ounces plain flour
- 1⁄16 teaspoon salt (1 pinch)
- 4 1⁄2 ounces cold unsalted butter (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon)
- 1 egg yolk
- 3⁄8 cup ice water
FILLING (see recipe description)
- 5 -6 ounces bacon, cut in small pieces
- 1 tablespoon white truffle oil
- 3⁄4-1 cup shallot, finely chopped (2-3 large shallots)
- 1 1⁄2 cups heavy cream (half may be fat-free half-and-half if you must)
- 3 egg yolks
- 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon white pepper
- 3 egg whites, beaten to soft peaks
TOPPING VARIATION A GRUYERE
- 6 ounces gruyere, shredded (may be put on top of shallots and cream reduced)
TOPPING VARIATION B CHEVRE
- 4 ounces chevre cheese (Rolled in Herbs ( Sun-dried tomatoes, fresh dill, green onion, Italian parsley, provincial herbs ( ) or 4 ounces goat cheese (Rolled in Herbs, Sun-dried tomatoes, fresh dill, green onion, Italian parsley, provincial herbs ( )
TOPPING VARIATION C BOURSIN
- 4 ounces boursin with garlic and fines herbes, crumbled (may be substituted for 1/4 cup heavy cream in filling)
TOPPING VARIATION D CHIVES
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped (as garnish)
TOPPING VARIATION E PIPERADE
- 4 teaspoons olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup onion, thinly sliced
- 1⁄2 cup green pepper, thinly sliced
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 14 1⁄2 ounces plum tomatoes, drained and chopped
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 C, or Gas Mark 6). Butter glass deep-dish pie plate or 9-inch loose-bottomed flan tin.
- PASTRY (if not using Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust):.
- Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. (Some people use a food processor.).
- Mix in the egg-yolk and sufficient iced water to bind the ingredients.
- Knead the dough lightly, and then chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. (Cover the pastry with clingwrap).
- STAGE 1 FILLING:.
- Let eggs come to room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, chop bacon into small pieces and cook over medium-low heat in 10-inch skillet until lightly browned. Drain fat off.
- Meanwhile, chop shallots. Heat white truffle oil in 8-inch saute pan for 1 minute at medium heat, then saute shallots until lightly browned. Do not drain.
- OPTIONAL PIPERADE SAUCE:.
- In a 9-inch skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over moderate heat for 1 minute.
- Add the onion, green pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt and pepper. Saute for 3 minutes until softened.
- Add garlic and tomatoes and saute 4-5 minutes longer or until the mixture is dry. Transfer to a medium-size bowl and set aside.
- STAGE 2 FILLING:.
- Separate eggs into 2 medium bowls.
- In egg yolk bowl, add heavy cream (if choosing to add Gruyere or Boursin in filling, reduce heavy cream to 1 1/4 cups), nutmeg and white pepper. (If choosing to add Boursin in filling, add to cream mixture.) Whisk until smooth.
- In egg white bowl, beat with electric beater until soft peaks form.
- ASSEMBLE QUICHE:.
- If you made your own pie crust, roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and line a buttered 23cm/9 inch deep-dish glass pie plate or loose-bottomed flan tin. Prick the base of the flan with a fork.
- If using Pillsbury pie crust that has come to room temperature, roll out carefully and line pie plate or flan tin. Do NOT prick base of flan with fork.
- Sprinkle the cooked bacon pieces over the base of the pastry case.
- Spread the sauteed shallots evenly across the top of the bacon.
- If including Gruyere in filling, distribute it evenly across the top of the shallots.
- Carefully fold egg whites into egg yolk-cream mixture, then pour over solid ingredients already in pie plate.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 for 30 minutes, or until set and golden brown.
- GARNISH QUICHE:.
- Garnish the quiche with the toppings of your choice; I recommend keeping each garnish distinct. Let stand for 10 minutes.
- Use sharp knife to slice into small wedges, this is very rich.
Excellent! I made it crust less. Using garden grown shallots, chives, green pepper and plum tomatoes. Cherve was without herbs so I added home grown fresh herbs and sundried tomatoes. I also did add the Gruyere for cheesy goodness. D?licieux! Merci beaucoup.
Extremely delicious. My sister, who has worked for a number of high-quality restaurants, said that it was the best quiche she'd ever had, including the professional ones. I made one quiche with the gruyere; the other one had the boursin. Then I sprinkled some chives and chevre on both of the pies. The gruyere pie was rich; the boursin felt lighter. The chives and chevre were good as toppings on both of them. I did have to cook this 10 min longer than listed. ZWT8