Monday, October 25, 2010
Kale Quiche With a Simple Crust
Red Fire Farm has given us tons of quiche for our share this past year. After a not-so-great foray into baked kale chips, I tried out kale quiche, and I share what I learned here:
I've always thought of the crust of the pie as something I absolutely cannot do, so this recipe is designed for those of you are similarly fearful. The recipe takes time, but not labor, which is great.
* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon white sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup canola oil
* 2 tablespoons milk
1. In a 9 inch pie plate, sift flour, sugar and salt. make a well in the center and pour in oil and milk. Mix with a fork, then press into the bottom and sides of pie plate.
2. To bake: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C.) Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 bunch kale
* 4 or 5 eggs, beaten
* Some cheese (grated)
* 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper/Italian herbs/other
1. The oven is warm from the crust, but bring the temp down a notch to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft. Stir in kale and continue cooking until the kale shrinks a bit.
3. In a large bowl, (or in the skillet, if it's cooled down a bit) combine eggs, cheese, salt and pepper. Add mixture to crust.
4. Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
You can play around with the amount of eggs and cheese you use. You can also experiment with the types of cheese you use. I like quite a bit of cheese, but it may depend on how healthy you're trying to make the recipe.
I usually take about 90 minutes from start to finish, even though the cooking times are far less, partly because I'm hanging out with Noah at the same time. Much of that time is not hands-on, though, so it doesn't feel like a time-intensive meal.
I love this recipe because it helps us eat a ton of kale in one sitting. Kale is a cruciferous vegetable with huge amounts of Vitamin K, A and C. I love this recipe because it's cured me of my fear that the kale will sit in the fridge until it gets mushy.