Rachel's Recipes

Zucchini and Goat Cheese Crustless Quiche

Posted on: May 1, 2010

The goat cheese makes this unlike most quiches. Instead of a traditional crust, toasted bread crumbs line the bottom of the pan. I prefer crustless quiches and this was definitely a keeper!

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds medium zucchini or a mixture of summer squashes
Kosher salt
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups 1-inch, day-old bread cubes, preferably sourdough
1 medium white onion, chopped, about 1 cup
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill (I omitted this)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh marjoram or oregano
2 cups half-and-half (I only had 1 3/4 cup so I added 1/4 cup skim milk)
2 large eggs
2 egg yolks
Freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces young goat cheese, such as Montrachet.
2 ounces grated Swiss or Gruyere cheese, about 1/2 cup

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Shred the squash on the large holes of a box grater, and place into a colander. Sprinkle with a heaping tablespoon salt and toss well. Place in the sink and drain for 15 minutes. Rinse and the squeeze firmly, by the handful or using a tea towel, to remove excess water. Set aside.

Meanwhile, pulse bread into crumbs in a food processor. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add bread crumbs and stir until evenly toasted, about 5 minutes. Evenly spread crumbs in a 9-inch glass or ceramic pie pan.

Wipe out the skillet, add remaining 2 tablespoons oil, the onions and garlic and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, cook over medium-high heat, until onions are start to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the zucchini, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in parsley, dill, and marjoram or oregano. Remove from heat, cool slightly.

Whisk half-and-half, eggs, and egg yolks. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread the zucchini mixture in the prepared pan. Crumble the goat cheese and evenly scatter on the vegetables. Sprinkle Gruyere on top and pour the custard over the fillings.

Bake until the quiche is just set in the center, about 40 to 50 minutes. Cool completely on a rack before serving.

Source: Food Network Kitchens

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