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Easy Courgette Quiche Recipe With Homemade Pastry

Gabriel Wilson loves to cook, eat tasty foods, and drink a glass of wine—without having to do the washing up.

Delicious courgette quiche

Delicious courgette quiche

Step 1: Make the Pastry

Ingredients

  • 200 grams plain flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 fresh egg, beaten
  • 100 grams butter, cut into cubes

Method

  1. Blitz the flour, butter and salt in a food processor to breadcrumb consistency.
  2. Add in the beaten egg and blitz to mix (don't overdo the blitzing or the pastry will be though).
  3. Turn out onto a floured board and knead into a smooth ball.
  4. Cover with clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. At this stage, the pastry kept refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  5. Blind bake the pastry: Preheat the oven to 200ºC / gas mark 6. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and line a 10-inch buttered flan dish. I use a solid bottom flan dish.
  6. Trim the edges of the pastry and prick the base with a fork.
  7. Line the pastry with baking parchment and fill with baking beans or baking weights.
  8. Place on a baking tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  9. Remove the parchment and the beans. Return to the oven for 5 to 7 minutes to cook the base.
  10. Remove the pastry from the oven and reduce the temperature to 160ºC / gas mark 3.
Roll the pastry around the rolling pin...

Roll the pastry around the rolling pin...

... and then roll the pastry out over the flan dish

... and then roll the pastry out over the flan dish

Step 2: Make the Filling, Assemble and Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 medium or 2 small courgettes, sliced into thin rings
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 3 oz cheddar, grated
  • 2 oz Parmesan, grated
  • 200 ml milk
  • 4 fresh eggs, beaten
  • Pinch grated nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

  1. Brush the courgettes with olive oil and griddle on both sides to get golden crisscross shapes.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in a pan and fry the onions till translucent.
  3. Scatter the fried onion over the base of the pastry case.
  4. Arrange the courgettes in a circle into the middle of the pastry.
  5. Mix the eggs, milk, cheddar, nutmeg, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  6. Pour the mix over the courgettes.
  7. Sprinkle with the Parmesan.
  8. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes till golden and set.

Cook's Tip: The courgettes and onions can be prepared while the pastry chills.

Griddle the courgettes to get a lovely criss-cross effect

Griddle the courgettes to get a lovely criss-cross effect

Season the egg mix with salt and pepper

Season the egg mix with salt and pepper

Arrange the courgettes in a circle, and pour over the egg mixture

Arrange the courgettes in a circle, and pour over the egg mixture

Courgette Facts

  • Courgettes, or zucchinis as they are known in Italy and America, are low in calories and contain folate, potassium, vitamin A and C.
  • They are generally harvested during the summer months up to the end of September. Courgettes are very easy to grow and can grow very very big. Smaller courgettes tend to have more flavor although that is not always the case.
  • The yellow flowers of the courgette vine are often used in fine dining. Tempura flowers are served as a garnish or as edible flowers in a salad dish. Larger flowers may be stuffed with a mixture of mincemeat or diced vegetables.
  • The courgette is an underrated vegetable and is mostly used in ratatouille (a type of vegetable stew served as a side or main dish).

Two Easy and Tasty Courgette Recipes

Recipe 1:

  1. Slice the courgette into ribbons (a mandoline slicer works great).
  2. Simmer in salted water for a few minutes, remove the ribbons and drain.
  3. Heat a little butter in a pan, toss in the courgette ribbons coating them in the butter.
  4. Squeeze over a little fresh lemon juice, season and serve.

Recipe 2:

  1. Flour, egg, and breadcrumb thin rings of courgette.
  2. Deep fry in hot oil till crisp and golden.
  3. Remove the crisp courgettes with a slotted spoon.
  4. Place in a bowl lined with kitchen paper, sprinkle with sea salt and serve.

© 2011 Gabriel Wilson

Comments

Michal from Miami, Florida on December 19, 2011:

i love quiche- this one sounds yummy!

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 23, 2011:

Hi Prasetio. Tanx for stopping in :)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on June 22, 2011:

I love this food. It looks delicious. You made me hungry, LOL. Thanks for writing and share with us. Cheers....

Prasetio

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 18, 2011:

Happy cooking everyone :)

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on June 17, 2011:

gonna give this a try, thanks

Movie Master from United Kingdom on June 17, 2011:

Hi Gabriel, I love courgettes and I love quiche, this is a new recipe for me, so looking forward to it, many thanks!

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 16, 2011:

Hope you enjoy it Poohgranma :)

Hi Peggy W. I'd be a liar if I didn't say the deep fried courgettes are a favorite :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2011:

Sounds like a delicious quiche recipe and the tips at the end are also enticing. Thanks!

Poohgranma from On the edge on June 16, 2011:

Whatever you write, be it a story or a recipe, you entice your reader's imagination and leave them waiting for your next article. This looks delicious and I am very fond of quiche. I will save this and try it. Thanks for another wonderful hub!

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