As the Farmers’ Market starts filling up with spring vegetables, plants, flowers and herbs, keep this delicious quiche in mind. The recipe is easily adapted to your family’s favorite vegetables but I think asparagus would be wonderful along with thin sliced potatoes, or a little sugar glazed ham or smokey bacon. I really don’t think you can mess this up … just use whatever is fresh and available and I am sure everyone will love your Farmers’ Market Quiche!
I drained the tomatoes on a paper towel lined plate while preparing the remaining ingredients. No need to squeeze out all the juice, but you don’t want them wet either. The zucchini and onions are quickly browned in a skillet to extract some of the water and give it a nice color and flavor before adding to the quiche. Be sure to use fresh basil and good quality Gruyere cheese – did I forget to mention cheese? Yes we have tasty, wonderful cheese hiding under all those vegetables!
Are you thinking Mother’s Day? Make the crust a day ahead and bake the morning of your event. The remaining ingredients come together in a snap making this a wonderful brunch centerpiece. We love how well this quiche re-warmed the next day. 30-seconds in the microwave and breakfast is ready. My husband even ate it cold and couldn’t seem to get enough. I had to hurry if I was going to get a second piece. When I told Traveling Husband he was free to eat the quiche, he ate the quiche freely!
Not into making homemade crust? Buy a pre-made pastry or use a frozen pie crust and skip the tart pan all together. I have an 11-inch tart pan with a removable bottom so if you use a smaller 9″ pie crust, you may want to pour the extra filling in a small casserole dish, ramekin or oven proof skillet to bake along side the quiche.
A sprinkle of cayenne adds a nice tang to the filling but leave it out if you wish. No rules here – just make sure you have a good quality cheese, half-n-half and some eggs. The other ingredients are up to you!
- 1 pre-baked pie crust (see recipe below)
- 2 cups assorted tomatoes, cut into ½-inch thick slices and drained on a paper towel
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 small zucchini, sliced ½ inch thick
- ¼ of a red onion, sliced thin
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup half-and-half, or whole milk
- ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, more or less to taste (optional)
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped, plus extra for garnish
- 1 cup shredded Gruyere Cheese
- Prepare and pre-bake the pasty in an 11-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.
- To make the quiche, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Wash and slice the tomatoes and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the zucchini in a single layer, season with salt and pepper and cook until lightly browned. Remove to a plate and add the onion to the hot skillet. Cook for just a few minutes or until lightly browned but still crips. Add the cooked onions to the zucchini and set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl combine the eggs, half-and-half, flour, chopped basil, salt, pepper, cayenne and dry mustard. Whisk until well blended or make it super easy and hit it with an immersion blender.
- Sprinkle the shredded cheese in the bottom of the baked crust. Layer half the tomatoes and zucchini over the cheese. Gently pour the egg mixture over the vegetables. Top with the remaining tomatoes, zucchini and onions.
- Sprinkle with paprika and bake for 30 minutes or until the egg mixture is set in the center. Tent the quiche with aluminum foil during baking if the crust browns too quickly.
- Remove from the oven and allow the quiche to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. It may also be served at room temperature. Garnish with fresh basil if desired.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- 1½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into ½" pieces
- 3 tablespoons cold shortening
- 4 tablespoons ice cold water
- In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the flour and salt to combine. Add the shortening and butter and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add 4 tablespoons ice cold water and pulse a few more times until it starts to come together. Do not over process. If the mixture holds together when you pinch a few pieces, then it is done.
- Gather all the dough together and press into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or longer.
- Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on a lightly floured work surface. Using a rolling pin, roll into a 13-inch circle. Gently place the dough into an 11-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Trim the extra dough from around the top of the pan. Pierce the bottom the crust a few times with a fork. Refrigerate the crust for 30 minutes or until well chilled.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place a baking sheet in the oven to preheat. Remove the pie crust from the refrigerator and line with parchment paper and pie weights or dried beans. Bake the crust on the baking sheet for about 20 minutes.
- Remove the parchment paper and pie weights or beans and set aside. Return the crust to the oven and bake another 10 minutes or until it starts to brown lightly.
- Remove from the oven and set aside to cool while preparing the filling.
Not into crust? Try this crustless Asparagus Cheese Pie
Or an overnight Spinach, Onion & Cheese Breakfast Strata
I hope you have a very nice weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!