One of the first suppers I made after we began social-distancing was an easy and very versatile quiche. We had just watched an old episode of Julia Child’s “The French Chef” the night before and I was feeling inspired.

With eggs, spinach, and mushrooms from the Market, I was all set to blind-bake my pie crust and whip up a yummy, custardy filling. I would normally use store-bought crust for speed and ease, but what better time than now to make pastry dough from scratch?

Quiche Valerie

recipe from Valerie Bertinelli for Food Network

Ingredients:

Mom’s Flaky Pie Dough:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons ice water

Quiche Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups small mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed veggies, (such as raw spinach leaves, cooked broccoli, asparagus, etc.)
  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups light cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 to 6 grinds black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese + 1/4 cup grated white Cheddar
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Directions:

  1. Special equipment:  9-inch pie plate
  2. For mom’s flaky pie dough: Combine the flour, butter, sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse until the chunks are pea-sized. Add the ice water 1 tablespoon at a time and pulse until the dough just begins to clump together against the walls of the processor.
  3. Dump the dough out onto a work surface and press together to make a cohesive ball, kneading once or twice if it is falling apart. Divide the dough in half, wrap 1 portion in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour before rolling out. (This recipe makes a double portion of dough; if you are only using 1 portion, wrap the other half in 2 layers of plastic wrap, place in a resealable plastic bag and freeze for another use.)
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. On a well-floured surface and using a well-floured rolling pin, roll out the pie dough into a 9- to 10-inch round. Lightly flour the pin as needed to prevent sticking; if the dough tends to stay sticky while rolling, refrigerate it until firm and begin again. Use a large flat spatula or bench scraper to transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie plate and press into shape using a fork.
  6. Place a sheet of parchment paper or foil into the pie shell and fill with pie weights, uncooked rice or dried beans. Bake until the edges are lightly golden, about 25 minutes. Remove the pie crust but keep the oven on.
  7. For the quiche: While the crust is baking, heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until well browned and cooked through, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Then add in the mixed veggies to cook out any excess water and wilt the spinach leaves. Remove from the heat.
  8. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, cream, parsley, thyme, nutmeg, salt and pepper in a large bowl and lightly whisk. Sprinkle half of the Gruyere, Cheddar and Parmigiano-Reggiano on the crust, followed by the veggie mixture and then the remaining cheese. Pour the egg mixture over the top and bake until set, about 35 minutes.
  9. Cool for 15 minutes, then cut into wedges and serve.

Cook’s Note: This recipe makes a double portion of dough. If you only need enough dough for a single crust, wrap the extra ball of dough in two layers of plastic wrap, place in a resealable plastic bag and freeze for another use. Use any type of cheese you like — that’s one of the beauties of quiche.

Check our recipe archive for more quiche recipes and ideas. And keep calm!