I have been fascinated with quiches even when I did not know how to pronounce them. It seemed like such a magical creation to the little me, everything put together in a neat little package, cheese, eggs, vegetables or meat, whoever invented the dish was a cooking genius. Although originally from France today it is cooked the world over and quite a party favorite whether as canapés or entrée.
The best part about this dish you can use any ingredients from spinach, mushrooms to seafood to make this; it’s flexible and versatile. And my favorite comfort food, it’s my go to recipe when I want something quick and sumptuous. However as you know being from the Nigela school of cooking and in my endeavor to make my food healthy I make mine crust less. Traditionally quiche is an open pie, so I make my pie without the crust. And if you remember from my last blog entry I have been trying to incorporate kale in my diet so this time I made my crust less quiche with kale. And to be honest this has been the best it ever turned out; the kale elevated the dish to another level. Another successful incorporation for my Kale challenge.
1 tbsp oil
2 onions thinly sliced
50 g chopped kale (spinach can be used as a substitute)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
4-5 eggs (to make it healthy use one egg and rest use just the egg whites)
Some cheese grated (quantity depends on your love for cheeseJ)
Assorted vegetables (use your creativity, use any you like, I use bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes etc,)
Some stale bread
Seasonings: red pepper flakes, oregano, salt and black pepper.
Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onions and caramelize them for 10 to 15 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, and let it simmer for some time. Add the kale along with 1 tbsp of water; cook for 5 minutes till the kale has wilted.
Add the rest of the vegetables and sauté for 2 minutes and take the mixture of the heat.
Grease the oven proof dish lightly, pour your vegetable mixture, beat the eggs with seasoning and add to this mixture. Add the cheese and the stale bread. Mix lightly. You can add some cheese on top for a nice crust.
If you want you can skip the bread and like I said add anything you want, I have not added any meat, but you can always add some chicken sausages or any leftover meats you may have in the fridge. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes at around 200 C. You can put the last 5 minutes in broil for a crisp surface. And voila a healthy sumptuous dinner is ready!