Pat's Vege-Crust Quiche
Charlie's sister Pat made this quiche for us when we visited her
in August 2010. Pat calls this Curves Quiche. It was
delicious. Note that it doesn't have any flour in the crust, only
vegetables and a tiny bit of corn meal, so it's low-carb and gluten
free. We've modified the original recipe slightly: made a much thicker crust
(because it's so good) and replaced fat-free half and half with low
fat sour cream, because that's what we had and it worked great and what is
fat-free half and half, anyway? It's fun and easy to make.
Makes 1 pie, approx. 6 servings. (We usually double the recipe
to make 2 pies.)
Crust looks burned in the picture but that's just the dark spinach. Delicious.
- 2 T. oil (or more as needed)
- 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
- 2-1/2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 2-1/2 to 3 cups chopped fresh spinach, packed
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1/8 t. black pepper
- 3 T. yellow cornmeal
- 4 eggs (this is two less than original recipe but seems to
- 1/2 cup sour cream (low or full fat)
- 1/4 t. salt
- dash of pepper
- 5 ounces cheddar cheese, grated (this is one oz. less than
original recipe, might try reducing further)
- Optional but highly recommended: If you have some fresh tomatoes, slice
thinly and spread a layer on top before cooking. Very pretty and taste fantastic.
- Optional but highly recommended: Throw in some lightly cooked chopped
veges and/or diced cooked ham and/or sliced cooked sausage (broccoli is good; chicken sausage is good)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Heat oil in skillet.
- Add onions and saute until they start to brown.
- Add mushrooms and saute until they are starting to brown.
- Add spinich, salt and pepper and cook a few minutes more.
- Stir in cornmeal.
- Lightly grease a 9" pie plate (cooking spray works well).
- Press crust mixture into pie plate and shape as a crust.
- In separate bowl, beat eggs, sour cream, salt, and pepper.
- Fold in cheese and any other filling ingredients.
- Pour filling into crust.
- Add a layer of fresh tomato slices on top, if you're doing that.
- Bake until done in center, about 40 minutes. (Test with a toothpick.)
Variations (try at your own risk, not yet tested):
- Use more spinach. (We are already using more than twice the original
recipe but might work with more.)
- Use more onion.
- Add chopped garlic to the crust.
- Experiment with different kinds of cheese.
- Heck, it might be good with blue cornmeal instead of yellow cornmeal.
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