A Quiche or a savory tart? What do you think?
A quiche consists of a pastry shell filled with a savory custard made with eggs, cream, seasoning and a whole array of other ingredients such as onions, mushrooms, ham, shellfish or herbs.
Who does not know a quiche Lorraine, which has some bacon bits and cheese (like GRUYERE ) added to the custard filling. I am going to let you in on a little secret of mine. I am often asked how I get my quiches so rich and creamy. Well first of all, I choose my filling with great care. I serve my quiches as meals, so I prefer them to be substantial. I like adding potato, butternut, meats, fish and loads of cheese. For me, the custard is just the “glue” that holds the whole thing together. Take this Corn and Polenta quiche, it is absolutely packed with cheese and bold flavors such as smoked country ham. A Blue Cheese Quiche needs only a small side salad and it will be perfect for a quick supper or light lunch! A firm family favorite is my Broccoli, Feta and Peppadew Quiche– there is nothing bland about this one! So what is my secret?
– Actually I have two? First, the shell. I always use this cheese crust. I might change the cheese now and then just to ring the changes, but adding cheese to the crust, already adds a whack of flavor.
– I always add a tub of cream cheese to my custard. It gives the quiche a cheesecake-like consistency. It never fails, your custard is never watery and although it adds calories and a few extra cents to the final product, it is so worth it. I would love for you to try this recipe, but if you have your own, try these two changes and I am eagerly awaiting your responses.
Serrano Ham, Potato and Onion Quiche
For the crust
250ml strong cheddar cheese, grated
125ml soft butter
1 tsp dry mustard
Process until it comes together in a ball of pastry – rest for 20min(if you can).
Press dough out into a quiche pan.
Cooks note – Experiment with different cheeses or even different flavored cream cheese.
So, what do you think, quiche or savory tart? What is your favorite filling?