Broccoli, Sweet potato & Feta Quiche
A vegetable-filled quiche with a homemade oat flour base and lots of veggies that you can improvise with.
- 100 gr oat flour (or oats grounded in a food processor)
- 65 gr flour of your choice I used wheat. Sub for rice if going gluten-free.
- 50 gr almond flour
- 2 tbsp potato starch
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 90 gr butter (cold and diced)
- 3-4 tbsp cold water
- 1 sweet potato peeled, sliced in bite-size cubes
- 1 small white onion chopped finely
- 1 leek chopped finely
- 1 garlic clove chopped finely or pressed
- 1 broccoli head chopped into thin small pieces
- 1-2 handfuls kale or spinach remove stems, chop roughly
- 2 cups frozen green peas
- 1/2 lemon zest and juice
- 2 eggs beat until bubbly
- 1 cup milk of your choice (I used oat milk)
- 200 gr feta or goat cheese (or half, half!) crumbled
- salt, black pepper to use while cooking the veggies
- olive oil to sauté
Preheat oven to 180ºC (no fan).
Mix the oat flour, almond flour, wheat (or rice) flour, salt and potato starch. Add cold butter in cubes, mix well with your fingers until you get a crumbly dough.
Gradually, add the cold water and form a nice soft compact ball. Smash gently to form a disk, wrap in plastic film and throw into the fridge while you prepare the filling.
Peel, chop and toss the sweet potato in oil, salt and herbs (fresh or dry). Bake for 20-25 mins, or until tender and soft.
Heat a large non-stick pan, drizzle some olive oil. Once hot, add the onions, until they start to soften. Add a little salt, mix.
Add chopped leek, pour a little extra oil and salt. Cook a few minutes, then add garlic. Add broccoli, mix, cook for 4-5 minutes. Add kale, cook for another 4-5 minutes. Add green peas, mix well and cook for 4-5 minutes.
Grate lemon zest, squeeze the juice. Turn off heat and mix well. Set aside.
Putting together the quiche
Unwrap the base dough, place in between 2 baking sheets and use a rolling pin to roll it out into your desired shape and thickness (I made into a 3-4mm thick circle). Carefully pull out the top baking sheet and place the dough on your baking tray or pan, leaving the bottom baking sheet (this makes it easier for you to remove the quiche before serving). With your fingers, press the dough against the baking pan. Use a fork to prick the base, and prebake 10 mins.
In a large bowl, whip the eggs, milk and crumbled feta cheese. Grind some black pepper. Add all vegetables to the large bowl, mix well until all veggies are coated in the egg mix. Set aside.
Once the base is pre-baked, bring it out of the oven and pour in the vegetable wet mix. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, press the veggie mix down, compacting it and leveling the surface.
Bake for 25-30 mins at 200ºC. Top with grated parmesan and bake for another 10 mins at gratin (grill) mode. Serve with a salad. Enjoy!
Feel free to improvise and freestyle, bring out any leftover vegetable pieces in your fridge, and stir them up into a beautiful quiche. This recipe is just a guide, I used the veggies I felt like using, but by no means take it as a script! Make your quiche yours 🙂
- Sub egg by blending soft tofu with the plant-based milk of your choice. Instead of 1 cup, you might have to increase the amount of milk, depending on amount of tofu you blend. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, turmeric, paprika… and any other spices. Blend until consistency is creamy, not too thick and not too thin!
- Sub cheese for a vegan “feta” or salad cheese.
Click on any image here below to see the cooking process:
A few weeks ago I tried making a quiche I saw on someone’s IG stories. It sounded delicious: it called for leeks, pears, gorgonzola… But the result was an overly creamy, too heavy-in-the-belly quiche that didn’t invite one to keep eating. I promised my fellow meal companions (a.k.a. guinea pigs) that I would research and develop a much better quiche. Someone (Benji) reminded me of this juicy promise a few days ago, and so I embarked on a journey down Quich Lane. This journey took me to many blogs, options, overwhelming alternatives and, eventually, to figure out the answer to the following question: If I could make my favourite quiche, what would it be like?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with following a recipe or being inspired by others, but sometimes we get lost in the thousands of recipes that lie in the vast web, and we lose ourselves in the process. We forget what we wanted in the first place. So I find that the best way to start cooking or planning for it, is to ask myself: What do I want? What are my priorities? If the result was awesome, what would that look like?
Funnily enough, these sound a little like self-help questions. And I would be lying if I said I haven’t asked myself some of these big questions about life quite often in the last while; I still struggle to come up with answers.
But when I formulate those same questions around food and meals, it all suddenly becomes natural, organic, effort-less and dreamy. I can start imagining, salivating and getting a clear mental picture of what it is that I’m looking for. This is one of the reasons I love food and cooking so much – it makes sense, it’s tangible, you can smell it, taste it, imagine it.
So why do I say all of this? Mainly, because I would like to remind myself and everyone to loosen up a bit more in the kitchen (and in life too, why not!). Feel free to improvise and freestyle, bring out any leftover vegetables pieces in your fridge, and stir them up into a beautiful quiche. This recipe is just a guide, I used the veggies I felt like using this time. Next time, I will look at my fridge or at the vegetable boxes in the grocery store, I will notice what is there, and I will go for those ingredients that call out my name the loudest.
By no means this recipe is a script. Make your quiche yours 🙂
The quiche I chose to make prioritised the following:
- Lightness: I used eggs, but no cream or crazy amount of cheese or strong types either.
- Flavour: buttery and thin base, varied veggies and a lemony twist
- Texture: soft and crunchy, bite-size vegetable pieces
From the 5 recipes I ended up with, this one was my favourite. I chose to sort of follow the base dough recipe and added my own twist to the filling.
My goal was to get the food to make my meal companions to moan and close their eyes while chewing on a glorious piece of quiche. It happened! And this is why I am sharing it with you here.
I hope you try it out and enjoy it as much as we did. Use the comment box below to let me know what you think, to share any suggestions, questions…