Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pinterest in Real Life: Brown Rice Crust Quiche

As much as I love quiche, I hadn't ever made one up until recently.  Pastry is just HARD. So much effort expended, not all that healthy and, while I've had some success in the past, I've also had my share of total pastry flops.  For certain, pastry is NOT a weeknight friendly endeavour, in any event.

This quiche, however?  It makes a PERFECT weekend dinner.  I discovered it via this pin (and, come on, even if you don't like quiche you've got to admit that photo makes it look damn good).  I made a few tweaks to the recipe which made it tastier and a bit more weeknight friendly . . . I used frozen, bagged microwave brown rice and prewashed, micro bag broccoli to cut down on cooking time and dish dirtying.  I also used half a cup of milk rather than a full cup (as when I tried with a full cup the quiche took FOREVER to set), I used as much broccoli as would fit into my pie pan which it turns out was closer to one cup than two cups, and I topped the whole thing before baking with a thin layer of shredded fresh parmesan.  

Using microwave broccoli and rice as shortcuts, this dinner took all of 10 minutes to assemble (including time spent prebaking the brown rice crust), and required no intervention whosoever from me during the 35 minutes it baked in the oven.  It was also heartily toddler approved, Rhys asked me hysterically to "CUT IT, MOMMY!!" because he couldn't eat his slice fast enough.

Served with a side salad of rocket and caramelized red onions (that cooked largely on their own wile the quiche baked), this one is going to end up in regular rotation!