After an amazing weekend with (both sets of) parents, I had a glorious day off for Columbus Day. I had big plans: catching up on bills, cleaning the house, doing laundry, switching out the fall clothes, grocery shopping, hitting the gym and of course, cooking. Instead, I watched all eight episodes of Outlander (thanks, Mom). And then I did a few things on the list, namely, grocery shop and cook dinner. What follows is the first time I think I’ve ever baked anything without at least loosely following a recipe. And it was good!
Wild Mushroom & Shallot Quiche
- 1 store-bought pie crust, brought to room temperature
- olive oil
- 2 shallots, sliced thinly
- 1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
- 2 cartons mushrooms, sliced (I used a mix of wild mushrooms and baby bellas)
- 1 cup or so light cream
- 1 cup or so shredded gruyere
- 3 eggs
- salt, pepper & of course, crushed red pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Unroll the pie dough and press into a pie plate (I used one with the bottom that slides up and out); discard excess dough. Because it is a filled pie, no need to pre-bake or prick with a fork (more on that later).
- In a large skillet, heat the oil, and then cook the onions and shallots down, until translucent. Mix in the mushrooms and cook those down, as well. Add some pepper and some crushed red pepper, if you’re into the heat.
- On the side, lightly beat together three eggs and about a cup of light cream (really, anything with at least a little bit of fat will do – whole milk, half and half, etc. Season with salt and pepper.
- Pour the cooked mushroom, shallot and onion mix into the pie crust and spread evenly. Pour the egg and cream mixture over the mushrooms; spread evenly.
- Top with a generous handful of shredded gruyere; make sure to press at least some of it into the mixture below.
- Bake at 375 for about 30-35 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked all the way through. (Note: depending on how much crust is showing, you may want to place aluminum foil strips or a pie crust protector over the edges, so they do not burn.)
- Serve with a light salad!
The Verdict: I’m pretty pleased with myself, another go-to! This was delicious, and the leftovers will keep for lunch. And there are almost endless variations to this – swap in and out various vegetables, or add bacon or pancetta, truly an expansive range of possibilities. The Husband, despite not liking eggs, also declared it tasty – though he did comment the crust at the bottom was a little soggy in places. I wonder if this is because the mushrooms let out a bit of moisture as they cooked down further? Would I have done well to pre-bake or prick the crust, even just a bit? Welcome feedback from more experienced chefs!