Stephanie's Simple Vegetable Quiche
Stephanie's delicious quiche straight from her secret recipe stash.
For pie dough:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into small pieces
- 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water
For quiche filling:
- 5-6 eggs
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 2 plum tomatoes, chopped, seeded
- 1 small vidalia onion
- 1 handful of fresh spinach, chopped
- 2 strips of bacon
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pinch of basil and parsley
- 1 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan and mozzarella cheese (mixed)
- Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and stir briefly until mixture is aerated. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut butter into dry ingredients until it is in pea-size pieces that are slightly yellow in color, about 4 to 5 minutes.
- Drizzle in 4 tablespoons ice water and mix just until dough comes together. (Add the last tablespoon of ice water if necessary, but do not overwork the dough or it will become tough.)
- Shape dough into a flat disk, cover in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then use in the pie or tart recipe of your choice.
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Heat up olive oil in a saute pan, once hot, add all vegetables. Remove chilled pie crust from refrigerator and sprinkle the bottom of the crust with half of the cheese.
- Continue to cook the vegetables until al dente. Place half of the vegetable mixture into the pie dish. Put the rest to the side. In a separate dish, beat 5-6 eggs with milk or cream. Add the remaining vegetables to the egg mixture. Add salt, pepper, basil and parsley. Pour mixture into the pie crust.
- In a skillet, cook bacon to liking. Place both strips of bacon to form a cross onto the pie. Sprinkle remaining cheese onto pie. Place pie in oven and cook for 30-40 minutes.
Healthy It Up
If you're looking to "healthy it up" even more than it is now, then here's a few substitution ideas:
- For the crust, substitute half of the flour with whole wheat flour.
- For the eggs, you can try an egg substitute or a combination of six egg whites and one whole egg.
- Try turkey bacon as opposed to normal bacon.
- Use skim milk as opposed to heavy cream.
Serve with a simple spring mix with herbs in a light vinaigrette.