Monday, September 7, 2009

Kitteh made a Quiche (Spinach and Mushroom)!

Wow long time.

Serves 4

For the Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I used wholewheat, but use whatever)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup butter (the more the butter, the flakier the crust)
  • Ice cold water as needed
For the filling:
  • 1 packet mushrooms (in india now so those be the measures)
  • 2 bunches spinach
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • grated cheese to taste
  • garlic, salt and spices to taste (I used oregano and basil, but paprika would also go well)
To make dough:
Put the flour and butter in a deep, wide bowl and begin to slash with a knife or two, so you end up with a mixture that looks like crumbs. I swear I never thought this would work, but it does! Add cold water bit by bit to form a soft, but not sticky dough. Roll it out into a circle, to fit your pie-dish. Remember it has to go along the sides too. Place in the dish and prick all over with a fork. Bake at 250C for 10-15 min depending on browning and how sure you want to be that the bottom is COOKED. Remove to cool.

To make filling:

Slice mushrooms. Set aside. Finely chop onions. In a skillet, heat some olive oil (or whatever), and add garlic (crushed. I used paste) and onions and brown slightly. Add mushrooms, salt and spices, and toss nicely. Cook covered for a few minutes. Once the mushrooms start leaking liquid, cook uncovered, tossing occasionally. Wash spinach and remove stalks - unless you like them. Tear or chop - doesn't matter much cos it shrinks so much - and add to mushrooms. Toss about and cook till liquid evaporates. Meanwhile, beat egss, milk and salt in a bowl, and add grated cheese. Once veggies are over, add them to eggs and milk, and pour entire mixture into pie shell. Bake at 200C for 30 min. Test with a knife to see if it comes out clean, if not bake till that happens. Remove, allow to cool a bit, slice and serve!

Alternate fillings: Sausage and cheese, ham and cheese, random veggies, mushroom and potato (substitute one large potato peeled and sliced for the spinach. Add early on so it cooks soft.)

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