Recipe by TheRedneckHippie
It's Springtime, so that means my chickens are laying their butts off (hee hee) and the Swiss Chard (aka Silverbeet) is growing like crazy. What to do? Make quiche! I make a large amount of this in a big roasting pan, then freeze individual pieces in ziplocs. It's great cold or hot: for those nights I just don't feel like cooking, for taking to work for lunch or on road trips (just out of the freezer and into the lunch bag), or for leaving in the freezer for later in the year when there's a dearth of eggs and chard.
- 8 leaves swiss chard (aka Silverbeet)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 18 eggs
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1⁄2 cup romano cheese (grated or shredded)
- 12 garlic cloves
- 1 medium onion
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- 1 pinch salt and pepper (or to taste ~ I used white pepper)
- 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 tablespoon herbes de provence
Directions See How It's Made
- Melt butter in cast iron skillet. Add garlic and onion, diced fine.
- Cut stem from chard leaves and chop into small pieces, about 3/4 of an inch long. Add to butter, et al, in skillet. Stir fry until translucent.
- Chop the green portion of the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Add to the skillet and cook until wilted.
- While you're cooking the chard and onions, mix up the crust: Combine all dry crust ingredients (flour, salt, pepper, Herbs de Provence) in a bowl and combine well. Cut in butter and cream cheese. Mix well until it forms a ball and set aside, covered.
- Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl (eggs, cream, Romano cheese, turmeric, salt and white pepper) and whisk until well blended. If the turmeric and other dry seasonings don't want to mix into the eggs, use an electric mixer.
- Grease your baking pan (I used a 12x17x2.5 inch deep roasting pan since my original recipe made a LOT) and press the crust into the pan evenly across the bottom. If you want to go up the sides of the pan, do. If you don't, don't. Just make sure the sides are well-greased no matter which you do.
- Turn your oven to 350 degrees. Pour the filling into the baking pan and bake at 350 until all the eggs are set. If you want to, you can sprinkle more cheese on top right before baking.