Monday, May 18, 2009

Mushroom And Spinach Quiche With Potato Crust

Mushroom & spinach quiche 1

I recently watched an episode of Cook Yourself Thin where a quiche was made using a potato crust. It seemed like a great idea and one that I couldn’t wait to try out.

A crust made up of shredded potatoes is definitely a healthy alternative to the usual fat-laden pastry crusts I’ve seen used in most quiche recipes. I followed the recipe very closely and did not make too many changes. I had a crisper full of vegetables in the refrigerator, and so I used a little bit of everything for this quiche.
Here’s what I did…

For the crust:

3 potatoes peeled and grated (I used Russet)
2 tsp oil

For cooking in a pan:

2 Tbsp oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced

½ onion, diced
1 tsp red pepper flakes
¼- ½ tsp dried thyme (optional)
4 cups sliced mushrooms,
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
½ cup chopped asparagus
2 cups baby spinach

For the custard:
3 eggs, beaten
¼ cup milk


3 Tbsp freshly grated Gouda cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch pie dish/plate (I used glass) with some oil. Squeeze all the excess water out of the grated potatoes. Toss grated potatoes with oil, salt, and pepper. Press into an even layer in pie dish, up the sides like a crust. Bake until golden brown at the edges and dry, about 20-22 minutes. Then broil for 2 minutes or so. Watch the crust carefully here so that it does not burn. Let cool.

Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Heat oil in a large skillet, over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until mushrooms release their liquid and most of the liquid evaporates. Stir in the chopped asparagus and red bell pepper pieces. Cook till the vegetables soften. Add spinach and cook, stirring, just until spinach wilts, let cool slightly.

Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Spread the vegetable mixture in an even layer in the pie dish. I used all but one cup of the cooked vegetable mixture here since I thought it would be a little too much for the quiche. Sprinkle the grated cheese evenly over the vegetable mixture. Carefully pour in egg mixture.

Bake until golden brown and set in the center, about 30-35 minutes. Let cool, and serve warm or at room temperature.

Mushroom & spinach quiche 2

25 Burps:

Lisa said...

A potato crust, mushrooms, delightful veggies and an eggy custard. Just the sort of treat I'd enjoy for brunch on Sunday. Thanks for sharing this. A must try.

purplesque said...

Oh, dear. That looks perfectly scrumptious. The potato crust will go down very well in this potato-loving household, I think. I will try this with tofu instead of eggs- thanks for the great idea!

p.s. The picture is Gorgeous!

Nags said...

OOOh! potatoes for the crust! what genius!

Sig said...

That is a great idea, did it taste like a spanish tortilla?

Happy cook said...

With potato crust it is new for me, but the quiche looks so so moist and so yummy.

Laavanya said...

That potato crust is an awesome idea - how neat and the quiche looks fabulous.

Vrinda said...

The whole dish is totally new to me, especially the name quiche ,great recipe and nice click

Siri said...

this is so yummy and easy to make TBC. Thanks for sharing. will give it a try sometime soon.


A_and_N said...

This is a good idea! A and I have a new tart pan and do not want the butter-laden crust :| So, this is good, though again potatoes are carbs :D but I shall survive!

Sunshinemom said...

Wow! That is certainly a great idea. I can imagine how it must have tasted!


WOw looks so tempting TBC! Hope u enjoyed it!!

SJ said...

OMG!! I watched that episode and was thinking -hmm should make this sometime!! Glad to know I can just copy your recipe ;)

Vani said...

How pretty that looks, TBC! Love the potato crust- almost like a hashbrown within a quiche.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

A few days back when we went to K's friends place his wife served us with quinche... She promised me that she will give me the recipe I think I can make use of ur's this looks divine!!!

Homecooked said...

This looks really good! Healthy and delicious looking. Looks very simple to make too.

sra said...

That looks so delicious and professional! No cooking myself thin, though, I'd want it all, all at once!

shyam said...

But this is BRILLIANT!

Log Homes said...

Looks very delicous, thanks for the recipe :)

Pavithra said...

This is my first time here.. You have a fantastic blog!!!!!WITH LOVELY PICTURES..quiche is looking gorgeous.. Yummy and mouthwatering. Will be ur regular visitor

Siri said...

Life at work is keeping me pretty busy and away from blogging TBC. Thanks for the your comment. I will post soon, this coming weekend. What are your plans for long weekend? I am just staying at home, chilling out :)


TBC said...

Lisa- you'd like love mushrooms, don't ya? :D

Purplesque- oooh! now there's another idea for next time- tofu! I want to see your take on this now.:)
Also, thank you.:)

Nags- :D Sadly though, not my idea..:(

Sig- now what is this spanish tortilla? I only know the Mexican kind. :D Must look it up...

Happy Cook- and it WAS yummy too! :D

Laavanya- I know! When I saw it on TV I was pretty impressed. :D

Vrinda- thank you.:D

Siri- I'd love to hear what you think of it when u make it, o.k? Knowing how much you love your eggs, I'm sure this will be no different.:)

A & N- o.k. now don't you go around giving potatoes a bad rap!:( Everything's fine in moderation and there's nothing wrong with potatoes as long as you cook/use them right.:)

TBC said...

Sunshinemom! long time no see! How have you been? :)

Rak's kitchen- thank you, I did.:D

SJ- Go right ahead. But if you don't like it or it doesn't turn out well, let's blame it on the show, o.k? ;-)

Vani- oooh! I never thought of it like that :D
I like that description.

Ramya- thank you. I think the recipe worked really well for me. Give it a shot.:)

Homecooked- it was good. Let me tell you this though- it did take almost an hr and 30 from start to finish. :(

Sra- same here.:D
And thanks for the compliment.

Shyam- Now did you expect anything less from me? ;-)
But seriously, it wasn't my idea though I would love to take credit for it.:)

Log Homes- thank you. :)

Pavithra- welcome! :D You are too kind now!
I'm glad you like what you see.:)

Soma said...

The potato crust sounds waaaayyyy better! Never thought about it.. sounds a lot like the yummy hasbrown crust. WOW. I need to make this!

anudivya said...

Came back and bookmarked! Love it!

TBC said...

Soma- yeah, Vani said that too.:D

Anudivya- glad you like it.:D

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