Saturday, August 22, 2015

Summer Harvest Quiche

Last Year's Post:  Chicken Gyros
Two Years Ago:   Grilled Shrimp and Corn Salad

You can never have too much of great summer tomatoes, corn and zucchini, can you?  The only question is how to use them in different ways so they don't get repetitive.  You've probably been using them in salads and as side dishes, but what about a quiche?  It makes a great light dinner or Sunday brunch, not to mention that it's ideal for work lunches throughout the week.

Quiche is easy to make and easy to customize, plus you can go fancy by making little individual ones or family-style by making one big one.  This recipe happens to be vegetarian but you could easily add crumbled cooked sausage, bacon, or even lump crab to make it special. Feel free to substitute whatever vegetables and cheese your family prefers or you happen to have on hand.

Serve with a big green salad and some crusty bread for a perfect late summer dinner. (Is there a sadder phrase than "late summer"?  Oh yes.  It's called "Winter". I remember a guy in my high school - a member of the ski team - who would wear a big "Think Snow" button on his jacket beginning in early November.  I wanted to slap him. )

Anyway, even if you have buckets of fresh tomatoes, roast them for this recipe (see how here) because fresh tomatoes are too watery for quiche.  Not to mention it's a great way to preserve all those fresh tomatoes for Winter.

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 Summer Harvest Quiche
Serves 6

1 9-inch pie crust
Pie weights or dried beans for blind-baking the crust
1 tablespoon olive oil   
1small zucchini
½ cup chopped onion                                                   
1 ear fresh corn
3 eggs, room temperature                                                          
1 ½ cups milk
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper                                                       
1/3 cup sun-dried (or roasted) tomatoes, chopped
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese (packed)
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tablespoon basil, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place the pie crust in a pie pan (preferably glass) and line with parchment paper or aluminum foil.  Fill the pie plate with pie weights or dried beans and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly brown.  Remove from the oven; remove the parchment paper and weights or beans. Let the pie crust cool for a few minutes.   Leave the oven at 350d.

Meanwhile, cut the zucchini in fourths lengthwise, then slice.  Sauté the zucchini and onion in the olive oil until softened and just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and remove from the heat.

Briefly cook the ear of corn by boiling, steaming or grilling for 3-4 minutes.  Let cool, then cut the kernels off the cob.  Set aside.

Combine the eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl and whisk until well blended.  Add the chives, rosemary and basil and stir well.

Place the zucchini mixture, corn kernels, tomatoes and grated cheese in the pie crust.  Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables. 

Bake in the middle of the oven for 50-55 minutes at 350d until browned and set.

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for at least 10-15 minutes before serving.

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