Quiche Maraîchère: A custard-filled pastry crust filled with a rainbow of sauteed vegetables and Gruyere cheese made a delicious meatless meal.
Quiche Maraîchère or a Vegetable Quiche
Uh, oh. The “Q” word reappeared in our French Fridays with Dorie queue. The hubby loves pie crust, eggs and cheese, so why was he so opposed to quiche?
A little trickery was in order…so I told him dinner was a “mar-a-share” with my butchered French accent. The word maraîchère, according to Dorie, indicates there is market fresh produce in the recipe. So basically, quiche maraîchère is the classic egg pie with fresh vegetables.
No lima beans or Brussels sprouts, so how could he NOT like this? But, just in case, there was a jar of peanut butter in the cupboard. Quiche Maraîchère was going to be our meatless entree for this Lenten Friday. Or at least it was all I was offering. Eggs, cheese, pastry crust? How could that be bad? We enjoyed this Sun-Dried Tomato and Spinach Quiche, too!
Tips for Making Quiche Maraîchère
- This custard-filled tart started with a partially baked crust, which helps ensure the bottom crust will not be soggy when the egg mixture is added and baked.
- The diced melange of sauteed leeks, carrots, celery, and red bell pepper are cooked first as the baking time for this quiche will have the eggs rubbery before the vegetables are soft. A mixture of cream and eggs, seasoned with salt and pepper was poured over the vegetables and baked till almost set.
- A finishing sprinkle of Gruyère cheese was added during the last 5-10 minutes and allowed to brown before removing from the oven. A resting period brought the quiche to room temperature…and made for easier slicing. The picky hubby recognized this as a quiche immediately and begrudgingly heated up a slice for dinner.
- This quiche Maraîchère disappeared from his plate rather quickly and he sheepishly commented, “I’m going to have to try some more to see if I really like it.” Yup, he will eat quiche even if he believes that real men don’t. And this Quiche Maraîchère made a darned tasty vegetarian entree…even Bill agrees.
If you love quiche, you’ll also be a fan of this Spinach Mushroom Quiche, Sun-dried Tomato and Spinach Quiche and Crustless Spinach Quiche.
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An egg and cheese pie with loads of vegetables and topped with Gruyere!
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 celery stalks, small dice
- 2 slender leeks, white and light green parts only, quartered lengthwise, washed, and thinly sliced
- 2 slender carrots, peeled, and finely diced
- 1 medium red bell pepper, finely diced
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 9-inch tart shell, partially baked and cooled
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2/3 cup grated cheese, I used Gruyère
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Toss in the vegetables and cook, stirring, for about 10 minutes, or until they are tender. Season with salt and pepper, then placee the vegetables into a bowl and let cool.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Put the crust on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Spoon the vegetables into the tart shell and spread them out evenly. Whisk the cream, egg, and egg yolk together, season with salt and pepper, and carefully pour over the vegetables. You may have too much custard, so wait for it to settle and add just enough so your tart shell does not overflow. Carefully place the baking sheet into the oven.
Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese is light brown and the center is puffed and set. Let cool on a wire rack before serving.
Dorie recommends serving this quiche at room temperature or warm.
For lunch or a light dinner, serve with a green salad.
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 344mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 13g
57 Comments on “Quiche Maraîchère”
How interesting, Liz. And love the way you have convinced the hubby that it’s good! : )
A perfect lenten Friday dish really. With or without peanut butter! Savory Pie has a nice ring to it too. Who doesn’t like pie?
Oh what a lovely and flavorful quiche. And I do like my Gruyère. So cool you are breaking down on food barrier with the hubby 🙂
A wonderful meatless meat that I can follow! Looks beautiful…
Your quiche looks beautiful Liz…and I can only image how delicious it is…
Have a wonderful weekend 😀
A closeted quiche eater comes out. So glad you both enjoyed it.
Sounds like a victory – although a little bacon or something wouldn’t be remiss (when meat is back in season, that is…) Glad to hear no lima beans were invovled 🙂
I love quiche! This looks like a fantastic recipe! Thanks for sharing!
My Bill also agrees! This was one was really good and made a wonderful meatless meal…I added some crabmeat to mine! Yours looks lovely! Happy weekend Liz!l
I’d put the word “melange” out of my vocabulary, Liz, so I thank you for reminding me of this rather exotic-sounding term. May I suggest that while Bill was having his surgery, they also inserted a Love-More-of-Liz’s-Recipes chip. He certainly has racked up more likes than dislikes since he’s been out of the hospital. Your quiche looks too delicious not to like so I am happy it’s on the approval list at your house.
Heheh, glad to know Bill tried and liked the quiche! Personally, I think it looks delicious 🙂
A perfect dish for the Friday during lent or any time you want a delicious vegetarian meal. The words guys and quiche is not something used in the same sentence but glad the hubby faired well. Have a super weekend! BAM
I adore quiche, but I only buy mine from Delifrance. Wish I’ve a Baking Queen living close to me. Lol!
Yay – another Bill hit. This was good.
Who can resist this kind of wholesome dish ?! It has eggs , cheese and veggies , a moriesh and delightful treat that even this self-professed meat lover will love 😀
I was a huge fan of this. Again, so simple why didn’t I think of it?
Oh I wish I had some now for breakfast! Bet it’s great:@)
Too funny, glad you had a jar of PB as a back up plan! Your quiche looks delicious, love the veggie melange!
Hah…hah…Bill is so cute! This vegetarian quiche does sound delicious. I love quiche!
That looks goods, but complicated to make for a non-cook.