Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cowgirl Quiche

My mom made this quiche for us, and it was so good...I can't wait to try the recipe myself. We ate it for dinner with a simple green salad. That's what I love about quiche...it works for any meal!
 

 
Cowgirl Quiche
{The Pioneer Woman}
 
To make this simpler, I would probably use a store-bought pie crust. Just #keepingitreal ... her recipe creates a deep-dish pie crust, but my mom said next time she'd probably buy two standard pie crusts and make two quiches. She said even with this deep-dish crust, she still ended up throwing out some of the filling, so it does make more than enough. She also added some leftover sautéed veggies to her quiche...that's another great thing about a good quiche base...you can add almost anything you want to it to change the flavors up.
 
Chive Pie Crust
  • 3 cups all-purpose or pastry flour, plus more if needed for rolling
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold salted butter, cut into chunks
  • 3/4 cup cold vegetable shortening, cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
 
Filling
  • 2 leeks, tops and bottoms trimmed, cut in half lengthwise
  • 16 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups grated Swiss cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon pesto
  • 8 thin slices prosciutto (or any good ham), chopped
 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

For the chive pie crust: Mix the flour, chives and salt in a bowl. Add the butter and vegetable shortening and work them into the flour using a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles tiny pebbles. Using a fork, stir in the vinegar, beaten egg and 5 tablespoons cold water. Stir the mixture until just combined. Shape the dough into 2 discs. (You'll only be using 1 disc for this recipe. You can wrap the additional dough in plastic wrap for storage; it will keep up to a week in the fridge or up to 6 months in the freezer.) Have ready 2 sheets of parchment paper that are each at least 12 inches square. Place the disc of dough between them. (If the dough is sticky for any reason, don't worry. Just sprinkle some flour on the parchment to get started. You shouldn't have to add much for it to stop sticking.) Starting at the center, roll the pin out to the edge. Turn the dough and parchment as necessary and continue rolling, always from the center to the outer edge. After a couple of rolls, lift the parchment paper away from the dough to loosen and replace the parchment. Flip the whole thing and loosen the other paper sheet. Continue rolling until the dough is large enough for your pie pan.
 
For the filling: Slice the leeks thinly, and then soak them in cold water for about 10 minutes to remove any grit or dirt. Drain well. Put the mushrooms on a large baking sheet. Roast until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, saute the leeks in the butter until golden brown and beginning to caramelize, 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside.

 For the quiche base: Add the cream and eggs to a medium bowl and whisk them to combine. Stir in the leeks, mushrooms, grated Swiss and some salt and pepper. Mix in the pesto and prosciutto. The mixture should be very thick!

Pour the mixture into the pie shell, then cover loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil to prevent it from getting too brown on top. Bake for 45 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the quiche to sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.