Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Thyme & Mushroom Quiche with Spinach Crust



QUICHE FORMULA FOR
SUNDAY FUNDAY FABULOUSNESS

I hope every person reading this will go out and buy one of the best cookbooks in the whole wide world: Mollie Katzen's Enchanted Broccoli Forest. Not only is every recipe foolproof and scrumptious, but the book is beautiful: Mollie hand-lettered and illustrated every single page of this book. A pretty, artistic labor of love, a disarming and wonderful book, she and her work shine positive energy and radiate happy snack vibes.

That said, I've FlapperFooded one of her lovely quiche recipes by replacing wheat germ with flax meal, white flour with whole wheat, butter with olive oil. Stuff like that.

Here's the setting for your FABULOUS SUNDAY FUNDAY: Brew a pot of yummy coffee, play the Nina Simone Sings the Blues record, get the Sunday paper ready. Make this quiche. Share it. Have no choice but to feel good. :)

DIRECTIONS:

Quiche is EASY to make but everyone will think you are a gourmet goddess or god.

Layer:

1. CRUST
2. CHEESE
3. VEGGIES
4. EGG CUSTARD

That said...

1. THE CRUST:

1 10-oz. box of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and sqeeeeeeezed out dry!
3 Tbs. olive oil
3/4 cup white or whole wheat flour
3/4 cup of flax meal
1/4 teaspoon of salt
dash of nutmeg (optional)

Sautee spinach in olive oil over medium-high heat till warm and slightly cooked. Plop it into a mixing bowl and add all the other ingredients. Blend well (I use my hands when the spinach has cooled a bit).

Press this mix into a 9" oiled pie pan. Shape it into a crust and bake it for 15 minutes on 375 degrees.

While it's baking, prepare the filling. You can layer everything into the hot crust and throw it right back in the oven. No need to cool.

2. THE CHEESE:

Shred or chop 1/4 to 1/3 pound of delicious cheese: GRUYERE (HUGE crowd pleaser), CHEDDAR, SWISS are good choices.

3. THE FILLING:

Sautee some veggies & herbs, a little salt and pepper, in olive oil. Add on top of the cheese layer.

(EXAMPLES: sliced mushrooms (1/2 a pound) or 1 sliced tomato, or 1 stalk of broccoli -- you get the idea -- with herbs (thyme, basil, oregano or whatever you like), salt and pepper, and a sprinkle of garlic powder. It is fool proof, really!

5. THE CUSTARD:

In a mixing cup or bowl, whisk 3 eggs with 1 cup of milk (soy, whole, regular, whatever you like). Pour over the top of the quiche. Dust top with paprika so it looks pretty.

Bake on 375 for 35 to 40 minutes, or until firm. Cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing, and serve at any temperature. :)

6. THE COMMENTS of your delighted snackmates:

"You are a goddess."

"Holy cow, where'd you learn to do that?"

"You are a demi-god."

"You should have your own cooking show."

"Wanna get married?"

;)



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