DC-Inspired Recipes: Herb Zucchini Quiche by Laura

DC-Inspired Recipes are by Laura of Lauralicious in DC.

This week’s recipe combines two mid-Atlantic summer staples, zucchini and fresh herbs from the garden. I was thinking about how to use up all the zucchini I got from my local farmer’s market. Quiche is a dish that’s fun to make and is easy to pack in the next day’s lunch. It would be a great Sunday evening dish. You’ll need a couple of hours to prep the crust, make the filling, and bake the pie. The trade-off is that it makes a big 9-10″ pie with 6 servings, and it keeps well for a few days at a time. Those that don’t like zucchini can of course use other vegetables as part of the filling.

Herbed Zucchini Quiche

* 2 tbsp Olive oil
* 2 Garlic cloves; peeled and chopped
* 1 Medium yellow onion; peeled and chopped
* 2 tbsp Chopped fresh herbs (basil, parsley, rosemary, oregano, or thyme)
* 6 Eggs
* 1/4 cup Sour cream
* 1/3 cup Heavy cream
* 2 or 3 zucchini, sliced thinly with a box grater

For the Pastry – Use a pre-made crust or make it your own:
1 1/4 cup sifted flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 cup ice water

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Equipment: Electric mixer with pastry hooks; rolling pin or glass bottle filled with water; cutting board; 8-10″ pie pan

1. First, make the crust.
Preheat oven to 425 F. Combine the flour and sugar in the mixing bowl. Mix in the shortening with the pastry hooks until the mixture makes small crumbs. Mix in the water slowly with a fork. Now you are ready to work the dough. Roll it out with a rolling pin, or if you don’t have a rolling pin, use an old wine bottle (the kind with the screw top) filled with ice water. Just dust it lightly with flour as needed, and you’ll be good to roll. Roll out the dough into a circle that’s about 2-3″ wider than your pie pan. Then, using the rolling pin to help lift one side of the dough, carefully transfer it to the pie pan. Flatten it out and fill in the cracks. For a nice presentation, crimp the edges of the crust into a “fluted” (wavy) edge by gently pinching the dough with your fingers. Poke the crust a few times with a fork, then cover the bottom with some parchment or wax paper. Cook the crust in the oven for 7 minutes, then remove it.

2. Next, make the filling.
Saute the garlic and onion in oil. When the onion is “clear,” add the herbs. In a separate bowl, hand-beat the eggs (yes, you will need 6!), then beat in the sour cream and heavy cream.

3. Assemble the quiche.
Preheat oven to 400 F. Starting with the egg mixture, layer the egg, onion, and zucchini, until you finish with the egg mixture. On the top layer of zucchini, for bonus points, arrange the zucchini slices to overlap in concentric circles. Bake at 400 F for 30 minutes, then at 350 for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Do any of you have any other favorite ways to use this summer’s zucchini?

7 Comment

  • Great recipe in that you don’t have to be exact about things. Add cheese if you like, use milk instead of heavy cream. You can also cook this quite nicely without a crust. Just pour the filling in a greased 9 inch baking pan – pyrex (glass) is best – or an iron skillet – just not a thin pan – and bake at 350 for 45 min. or so.

  • If only my unhappy squash plants would produce some edible squash! My plants apparently excel at producing itty bitty squashes that shrivel and die within days, and I can’t figure out what the problem is.

    • I think it’s in the water…I personally can’t get any vegetables to grow either! Thank goodness for the professionals 🙂

  • I love making zucchini pancakes – very similar to a Latke, but made with zucchnini instead. Grate zucchini, sprinkle salt on top and leave it in a strainer for about 30 minutes to drain off liquid. Mix 1 egg, a little feta cheese, and some herbs of your choice, salt and pepper to taste, and then add the zucchnini. Make a patty (squeeze out excess liquid) dip in breadcrumbs or flour and fry in oil.

    Definitely not the healthiest way to eat your vegetables, but very delicious.

  • You can also make a similar version of this but as a frittata. Just saute veggies first until they are tender but still have a little crunch (they will cook more later), add salt and pepper to taste, stir in some herbs and lemon zest (my new favorite secret ingredient courtesy of the Barefoot Contessa). Then pour in the eggs, cook on low for about 5-8 minutes, then put in the broiler for 5 more minutes. When it puffs up it’s done.

    It’s important to use a nonstick pan for this that is also oven-safe (no plastic handles). When done, you can just slide it on to a cutting board and cut in wedges. Yum!

  • Wow, Laura !

    Thanks. This one good recipe.

    Just prepared and baked just as you instructed above.

    Had a small hot slice and it’s great !

    Can’t wait to have the rest.

    (Next time I might add some cheese, like Ricotta maybe.)

    Come with more. Thanks, Laura.

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