Quiche Essentials: Broccoli & Two-Cheese Quiche

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Andy Anderson !

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@ThePretentiousChef

Had a hankering for a quiche, but I did not want to leave the house, so I worked with what I had on hand, and came up with this crustless broccoli and 2-cheese version.

I wanted to keep it simple, so I did not add any meats; just broccoli and onions. Gruyère was my main cheese, and I added a bit of feta, to kick it up.

Oh, one more thing… The French did not invent the quiche; the Germans did.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

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Serves:
4 - 5
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
55 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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  • PLAN/PURCHASE

  • 2 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted, plus a bit more for greasing the pie plate
  • 1/2 c
    yellow onions, chopped
  • 10 oz
    broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 c
    gruyère cheese, freshly shredded
  • 2 - 3 oz
    feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 c
    half & half
  • 3 large
    eggs
  • 1 pinch
    nutmeg, freshly ground
  • ·
    salt kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    white pepper, freshly ground to taste
  • OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • ·
    cayenne pepper
  • ·
    chopped, cooked bacon… mmmmm
  • ·
    cubed ham

How to Make Quiche Essentials: Broccoli & Two-Cheese Quiche

Step-by-Step

  1. PREP/PREPARE
  2. For this recipe, you will need a medium-sized pan, to cook a few things, and a standard, ovenproof, pie plate, to throw it all together. As a matter of fact, if the pan is the right size, you could probably assemble and bake the thing in the pan. That makes it a one-pan meal.
  3. It is about the balance. We all love the fluffy taste of a perfectly baked quiche, and part of that perfection is the proper balancing of the eggs and milk. Too many eggs, and it tastes like you are eating an omelet, too few, and the quiche will not set.

    I have found that the ideal balance is 1 large egg per 1/2 cup milk.

    That should do the trick.
  4. Chef’s Tip: You will notice from the main image, that the quiche seems to have areas of cheese, and areas of egg. Some people mix the cheese in with the liquid; however, I lightly toss the cheese with the veggies, and then pour the liquid on top. That way, when it cooks you will have areas with more cheese than eggs, and vise/versa. And that makes every bite an tasty adventure.
  5. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  6. Place a rack in the bottom position, and preheat the oven to 360f (180c).
  7. Cut the broccoli into bit-sized pieces, and reserve.
  8. Add the butter to a skillet over medium heat.
  9. When the foaming subsides, add the onions.
  10. Stir until the onions soften, and begin to brown, about 3 - 5 minutes.
  11. Add the broccoli, and then stir with the onions, for 2 minutes.
  12. Remove pan from heat, and allow to cool, for about 10 – 12 minutes.
  13. Chef’s Note: Veggies contain a lot of moisture, and I want to do everything possible to prevent a runny quiche, so by letting the veggies sit in the pan (off heat), the residual heat will help to evaporate any unwanted moisture.
  14. If you have not done so, grate the Gruyère and crumble the Feta.
  15. Lightly toss the cheeses with the veggies, and then add to a lightly-greased pie plate.
  16. Whisk together the half & half with the eggs, and the nutmeg, salt, and pepper, and then pour into the pie plate over the veggies. If you are feeling adventurous, add a few sliced tomatoes to the top.
  17. Place in the preheated oven, and bake until the sides are set, and the middle still has a bit of a giggle, about 50 – 60 minutes.
  18. Chef’s Tip: One of the side effects of over-cooking a quiche is that ii will become wet and soggy.

    Why? The protein strands in the egg will begin tightening, just like wringing out a sponge, and will dump all that liquid right into the pie plate. So, if the middle has a giggle, that is a good thing.

    Besides, carryover cooking will continue to cook the quiche for 5 – 7 minutes after it has been removed from the oven.
  19. Remove from the oven, and allow to rest 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
  20. PLATE/PRESENT
  21. Serve by itself, or with a small side salad. Enjoy.
  22. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Quiche Essentials: Broccoli & Two-Cheese Quiche

Course/Dish: Savory Pies
Main Ingredient: Eggs
Regional Style: German
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom




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