Step by step quiche caprese

Mozarella and tomato quiche caprese

Savory quiche with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil

The basic filling of the quiche is made of eggs and cream. I created this quiche inspired by my favorite salad: the italian caprese salad, made of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil. This salad represents the colors of the Italian flag: red, white and green.

I used my favorite, slightly flaky, pastry crust

I use this crust for all kind of savory pies, because is quite simple to make, it tastes great and is slightly flake. I have tried other crusts, but I like this one because it’s crumbly, quick and the egg provides a good flavor, better than the eggless crusts. You can freeze it up to 3 months or keep it in the fridge for a week. Thaw it out and then let it stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes before rolling it. You can make a whole batch and use it whenever you need to, it’s great for those lazy days. Use it for any pie or quiche with your favorite filling.

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Just 7 ingredients filling

What I love most about this quiche is that is quick and simple to prepare. You just need the basic filling ingredients: egg, cheese, cream and a bit of flour to thicken. Then you add any other ingredient you like, like veggies or meat. I used fresh tomatoes, pieces of ham and a bit of dry basil. For the traditional quiche lorraine instead of tomatoes add some cooked sliced onion and bacon, instead of basil add nutmeg, and instead of mozzarella cheese add swiss cheese. Spinash, mushrooms and nutmeg make a great filling to. Get creative and make your own filling.

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Did you know?

Egg is rich in choline, a viscous substance, full of nutrients and complex-B vitamins. Plus, egg is one of the most nutritious food on earth, rich in other vitamins, minerals, proteins and omega-3. That’s why egg consumption is very important for pregnant and nursing women, it benefits the fetus and the nervous system development. It is proved that eggs doesn’t really affect cholesterol levels on blood, unless you have a genetic disorder called hypercholesterolemia. On the contrary, eggs raise the levels of good cholesterol and may help reduce the risk of heart stroke. You can find more info about the benefits of eggs here.

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Some quiche history

According to the foodtimeline.org research, the quiche could have evolved from an Ancient Roman cheesecake like dish called patinea and some Medieval European tarts. The modern quiche was originated on the Lorraine French region, near of Germany. It is believed that the word quiche derives from the German word “kuchen” for “cake”. The term became current at the beginning of the 19th century.

Step by step

 

Quiche Caprese
Serves 2
This Italian inspired Quiche is very quick and easy to make
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Pie crust
  1. 7 oz flour
  2. 2.8 oz unsalted cold butter
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 egg
  5. water (if necessary)
Filling
  1. 3 roma tomatoes
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 7 oz mozzarella cheese
  4. 3.5 oz heavy cream
  5. 1 tablespoon flour
  6. 2 tablespoon dry basil
  7. 1 pinch salt
  8. 1 pinch grind pepper
For the savory pie crust
  1. Cut cold butter into small cubes and mix with flour and salt.
  2. Using both of your hands combine all until it becomes like coarse sand.
  3. Add egg and and some water if necessary, no more than 2 tablespoons.
  4. Combine and knead the dough until it holds together. Be careful to not over-knead the dough.
  5. Form a ball and put it in a plastic bag. Place it in the fridge for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the filling.
  6. Grease and flour your pie pan. Take out the dough from the fridge.
  7. On a floured surface roll the dough, wrap it around a rolling pin and unwrap it over your pie pan.
  8. Poke some holes into the pie crust with a fork.
  9. Cover it with aluminum foil or pie weights and bake for 15 minutes, or until the surface gets golden.
  10. Unmold and pour your favorite filling.
For the filling
  1. Lightly whisk the eggs.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, ham, cream and flour. Combine well.
  3. Add shredded cheese, salt, pepper and basil and combine.
  4. Pour the filling into a prebaked pie crust. Bake for 40 minutes or until it's done.
  5. Enjoy warm or cold, as you wish.
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