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Thursday, 15 August 2013

2 Quiche Recipes including the basic recipe to make any quiche - Perfect for Brunches and Afternoon Tea

Spinach & Chicken Quiche

Quiche is one of my favourite savoury pies. It is one pie that is very open for your imagination and the addition of any ingredients and flavours that your palate desires. When made in mini size, it makes an elegant pass around option for cocktail parties, and also makes a brilliant afternoon tea option, as well as being great for lunch boxes. Even in Buffets, mini quiches stacked on a cake stand or multi-tiered platter are always very elegant.

Children usually love Quiche, especially if you involve them in the making of it. I usually create a mini ingredients bar for my kids and their friends including finely chopped vegetables as capsicum, tomatoes, mushrooms, grilled chicken pieces...etc and tell them to make their own quiche. We make the basic quiche recipe (below) then each will add their preferred ingredients and flavours to it and it heads to the oven. Besides being an excellent activity that the kids will love, it will taste delicious and makes an excellent meal or snack for them to enjoy with the pride of the baker.

Your guests will always enjoy quiche, you and your family will too, so what's stopping you? Get to it and here is how its made...


Basic Quiche
Makes 1 large pie
To make baby Quiche simply use a mini tartlets tray
or cupcakes tray and follow through the recipe as with
the large pie.
This is a basic Quiche recipe that you can serve plain or use to build on with other flavours. Try adding broccoli & gruyere with chicken, or sundried tomatoes, black olives and fresh basil for a Mediterranean quiche, or add a variety of mushrooms and cheeses…etc. Be creative, this is one space where you can do that with flying colours :)

These instructions are taking allowing the kids to prepare it with you into consideration so this recipe is child friendly.
You Need1 recipe short-crust pastry for savoury pies and tarts, recipe on this link
4 beaten eggs
¼ cup sour cream
¼ cup milk
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella
¼ cup shredded Swiss cheese
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
Salt & Black pepper to taste

Roll and bake the pastry as instructed in the pastry recipe.

Allow your child to stir together, eggs sour cream, milk, nutmeg and seasoning, in a large bowl. Pour the mixture into the hot, baked shell (yourself as it will be hot) and bake in 325°F/280°C oven for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted near the centre comes out clean.

Remove the quiche from the oven and leave to stand for 10 minutes before removing from the pie plate. Serve warm or cold, along side assorted leaves dressed with a simple vinaigrette.

Spinach and Chicken Quiche

For Spinach Quiche
Although spinach is not your most obvious option to serve kids, quiche is a good place to introduce children to spinach. Mixed with the rest of the quiche ingredients the flavor of the spinach becomes very mild.

Prepare as in the plain quiche recipe, except, sauté 1 finely chopped small onion in 1 tbsp olive oil until translucent. Add chopped baby spinach leaves and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the onion and spinach mixture to the egg mixture and mix then pour the mixture in the hot, baked shell. Follow through as instructed in the plain quiche recipe. 

You can add some grilled chicken pieces to this quiche for a heartier meal and because some children will like it better this way.

Both the plain quiche and the spinach quiche are delicious. Use the basic recipe to create any variety of flavours you like.
(Arabic for Bon Apetite)  :)