Sunday, January 22, 2012

Quiche Maraîchère For National Pie Day


National Pie Day is January 23rd and instead of a pie in the traditional sense, I'd like to share a quiche recipe with you. Quiche is a savory pie, after all!

This one is from Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table Cookbook which is filled with wonderful recipes.  I found the recipe on several...other... websites,  so I hope Dorie doesn't mind that I'm sharing it here.

I brought this quiche to a New Year's Eve party as an appetizer and I received lots of compliments on it!  It was so delicious, I made it again for my husband and myself for dinner with a simple side salad.



First the pie/tart crust is baked then heaped full of delicious sautéed vegetables - a mirepoix of sorts. Then, it's filled with an egg and cream mixture and baked.  At first I was surprised at how little egg is actually in the mixture but went ahead with the recipe as written at it turned out perfectly.. Rather than Dorie's recipe for tart dough, I used my own Flaky, Tender No-Fail pie crust recipe that I got long ago from a friend,  but you can find Dorie's tart shell recipe on one of the sites I referred to above or simply use your favorite recipe for pie crust.


After the filling is baked, a layer of grated Gruyère cheese is added to the top and then returned to the oven to melt to a golden brown.  Now that's my kind of pie!




Quiche Maraîchère
Adapted from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan
Printable Recipe

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2-3 celery stalks, trimmed and cut into a small dice
2 leeks, white and light green parts only, quartered lengthwise, washed, and thinly sliced
2-3 carrots, trimmed, peeled, and finely diced
1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely diced
salt and pepper
1 9-inch tart or pie shell partially baked and cooled (watch careful that your crust doesn't contain any cracks or the filling will ooze out. Add a scrap of pastry to the crack and bake a little longer, if necessary)

2/3 cup heavy cream
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2/3 cup grated cheese, preferably Gruyère

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced vegetables and saute for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until barely tender. Season with salt and pepper, then remove the vegetables to a bowl and let cool.

Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 400 F degrees. Put the crust on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spoon the vegetables into the tart shell and even them out. They should almost fill the crust. Whisk the the cream, egg, egg yolk together, season with salt and pepper, and carefully pour over the vegetables. Depending on how your crust and filling, you may have too much custard. Pour in as much custard as you can without it overflowing and wait a few minutes until it has settled, then add more if you can. Very carefully slide the baking sheet into the oven.

Bake the quiche for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and bake for another 5 or 10 minutes, or until the cheese is golden (the filling should be puffed all over - especially the center), browned, and set. Note: This took a little longer in my oven.

Transfer the quiche to a rack, remove the sides of the pan, and cool until it is only just warm or until it reaches room temperature before serving.
   
Always Flaky and Tender No-Fail Pie Crust
Printable Recipe

This recipe makes enough crust for 1 single crust pie and 1 double-crust pie (3 crusts) and is easily cut in half or even thirds if you care to do the math.  You never have to worry about over-working this pie crust dough - it turns out beautifully flaky every time.

4  cups all-purpose flour
1  Tablespoon sugar
2  teaspoons salt

1-3/4 cups cold shortening

½ cup ice water
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 large egg

Stir together flour, sugar and salt. Cut in shortening. Mix liquid ingredients together and stir into flour mixture. Divide into 3 portions and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Roll out on a well-floured surface.

Save scraps to fill any cracks in the crust, if they develop while baking.

57 comments:

  1. I love quiche! This looks delicious and I've often thought of trying Gruyère cheese, but I don't often think to buy it. I'm putting it on my shopping list and trying your Quiche Maraîchère.
    Have a great Sunday.
    Babs

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  2. Yum! I have not had quiche in a long time. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  3. What isn't there to like about quiche...this one has an interesting combination of ingredients I probably wouldn't have thought to put into a quiche. Hmm, only an egg plus an egg yolk...you haven't ever steered me wrong, so I will be trying this.

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  4. I love quiche in all its permutations! This one is new to me, but I like the idea of a baked crust. It's certainly a quick dinner.

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  5. I'd have to say it is my kind of pie too. I love savoury over sweet any day.

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  6. I love that this quiche is filled to the brim with sauteed vegetables. It sure does present beautifully. Nice that it works as an appetizer as well as an entree too.

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  7. What a delicious way to celebrate National Pie Day. Beautiful quiche!

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  8. This sounds so delicious, and not too many eggs. Haven't made a quiche in ages, I may have to give this a try. xo

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  9. Quiche is a favorite of mine. I once made it often. Now I usually only order it when out for brunch. You have tempted me to once again take out the pie crust recipe.

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  10. This is an interesting recipe for quiche, it has about half the cream and eggs that I am accustomed to seeing in quiche recipes, which means that I can eat twice more right? This looks like a very special recipe that I am looking forward to trying on a special occasion.

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  11. It looks so good..I love putting the ings first. then the rest.I will even try your dough one day.Everything I make from you..works perfectly:)
    Must be our history:)
    Picture perfect nana.

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  12. What a brilliant choice for National Pie Day! I love any type of savory pie. Tomorrow is also my husband's birthday, so perhaps a pie is in order.

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  13. I love quiche and all of those vegetables in there make it especially tasty. I need to give your pie crust a shot, I'm still working on getting the perfect pie crust.

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  14. Looks like a great dinner Susan! Some how I missed National Pie Day, sounds right up my alley:@)

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  15. As many times as I've looked through that cookbook, I can't believe I've not noticed this. It looks really really good. Bookmarked!

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  16. I am a great fan of quiche of any kind with the exception of seafood ones. This has ingredients that look pretty as well as would be very tasty. I want to make this very soon.-----
    Shannon

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  17. Me encanta el chiche en todas sus variantes es una delicia,luce prefecto,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  18. Looks fabulous, Susan... and anything covered with a layer of melted Gruyère gets my vote!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  19. Your blog is beautiful..thanks for your visit...so glad I came over! What lovely photos and I am hungry just looking at your post. Going to have to try this recipe!
    Will be back for more recipes for sure!
    Miss Bloomers

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  20. It sounds absolutely delicious! I hope to try this one before the week is out.

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  21. Susan,

    I have made this several times and it always gets rave reviews. I love Dorie's most recent book. Was looking through it just last night to decide what to make next. This recipe is definitely a keeper and like you my husband and I love it for dinner with a simple salad.

    Carolyn/ A Southerners Notebook

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  22. It looks delicious! I'll have that, and apple pie for dessert!
    I didn't realize it was pie day. First grandson's bday.. 1~ 23 ~4 easy to remember!

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  23. This is a favorite of ours -- I do love Dorie's recipes -- they are always good.

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  24. This looks fabulous. It's no wonder you got so many compliments. I can't wait to try it.

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  25. I can see why this would be a hit. it looks very very delicious. I've not been varying my standard quiche recipe for years and I'm thinking it's time to try something a bit different. I do have a pie crust in the fridge too, just waiting for this. happy week to you Susan. watch out for the ice out there.

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  26. delicious I adore quiche ;-) and have never made it must try

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  27. Thanks so much Susan for the crust recipe; I had lost it and consequently always made the other recipe )french one which is not as flaky at the American one. This quiche sounds lovely and light and I love the final touch of gruyère at the top.

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  28. You just brought up the quiche to new heights; love that pan you used to make is( I have one of those). Used to always make this pastry recipe before I discovered the Food Processor recipe.
    Rita

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  29. I had no idea it was national pie day! your quiche looks SO good - its inspiring!
    Mary x

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  30. You're right... I would have thought the recipe was wrong when I saw that amount of egg... that you'd end up with quiche soup! It was perfect, wasn't it? It looks out of this world creamy... no wonder you got so many compliments!

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  31. I enjoy quiche and this one looks absolutely delicious.

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  32. Even my men like quiche! Love all the color in yours. I've bookmarked it for later.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  33. Ive not had quiche very much but i must admit it looks pretty good. Richard

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  34. I didn't know it was National Pie Day! I will have to make one to celebrate. I just love quiche and a fresh homemade one is by far the best!

    I know, I thought about all of my Wisconsin blogging friends and was proud as punch when Miss Wisconsin won! Her talent was over the top amazing. Don't know how they know, but a lady sitting next to us said right before the final program began that the odds makers had Miss Wisconsin 2 to 1! They were right.

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  35. This looks like a beautfuul quiche, Susan! My daughter gave me Dorrie's latest cookbook for Christmas and I have as yet had a chance to make anything from it. This may be the first thing I'll try!

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  36. I adore the savoury pies! Your winter vegetables quiche looks spectacular (gosh, look at the 3rd photo! I am drooling at thick layer of melted Gruyère!!)

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  37. Savory pie is my favorite, and then apple ;-) The quiche sounds wonderful Susan!

    We had a meat, apple and sage pie with our dinner group on Saturday. It was wonderful!

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  38. Susan, this is PERFECT for National Pie day! I would love to taste it right now.
    Thanks for sharing both the recipe for the filling AND your pastry crust, too. Yummo!

    fondly,
    Rett

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  39. This looks such a tasty tart that I could make it and eat it in every possible occasion!

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  40. What a beautiful tart and Happy Pie Day! Susan, you have such a talent for making everything look so yummy. I love stopping by and thanks.

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  41. Your pie crust recipe is my all time favorite, Susan. It never fails. I do love quiche and make it often because I can enjoy it for several meals. I like the way you assembled this recipe and can't wait to try it.

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  42. Hi again! I know I already commented, but just wanted to send another quick message to thank you for sharing this mouthwatering recipe on my party. Please come back whenever you have something new to share because I'm sure there are many others who will love seeing great recipes and your beautiful pictures!

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  43. Susan, this quiche looks great...I love quiche, but never made one...seeing yours made me wanted to try to make my own. Beautiful pictures as well.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week :-)

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  44. I love that this tart is jammed with veggies, Susan. Super for a ladies lunch too, I think. A little fruit salad on the side. Hmmm. Sounds like a winner to me.

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  45. I haven't had quiche in ages...it's one of those dishes that was in style and then not...I think I will have to make this recipe very soon!!

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  46. that looks like the perfect slice of an almost healthy quiche

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  47. Tomorrow is Australia day, and we are supposed to have meat pies! I prefer yours :)

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  48. This pie looks amazing!
    I just found your blog and I loved it! Am a happy follower now!
    Visit me at: my-greek-cooking.blogspot.com
    Hope to see you around soon again!

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  49. This looks fab and would be a great meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner~

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  50. I love all pies...including savory ones and especially quiches! This one looks so incredibly delectable. i love the filling ingredients! And gruyere...swoon.

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  51. Thank you all for your visit and leaving such kind comments! They are all very much appreciated.

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  52. I love quiche, too! It looks wonderful from your exquisite photos. I really need to try your crust recipe since you say that you can't overwork it.

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  53. What a beautiful quiche! And all those veggies in there....a must try!

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  54. looks delicious susan. I love a great quiche...in fact more than a pie. Lovely photo too, as always!
    Ronelle

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  55. You chose a terrific recipe for Pie day. Your photos of the creation leave me wishing I had a slice right now.

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  56. Gorgeous and delicious quiche! I haven't tried this recipe yet but I'm moving it to the top of my to do list in Around My French Table, that's for sure!

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