From time to time I find myself at a loose end, needing to produce a quick simple meal that all the family will devour – and to use up the veggies in the fridge whilst I’m at it. As often as not, I fall back on the trusty old staple, the quiche. This one I was particularly pleased with, as I used the well-matched combination of mushrooms, red pepper, and spring onions for the base, and firm tofu (but no egg replacer in this case) for the filling. This quiche cuts well, and can be served either warm or cold – I personally prefer not to heat it, and will last for a few days in the fridge. Serve for lunch, or for a light supper, with a simple salad – it goes very well with a basil and tomato salad with a balsamic vinaigrette !
You will need a deep quiche tray for this dish – mine is 2” deep by 10” diameter.
INGREDIENTS FOR VEGGIE BASE
1½ cups chopped mushrooms
½ red bell pepper, chopped
2 spring onions, chopped
Chop and fry the veggies and, when cooked, add 1 tablespoon of teriyaki sauce.
EGG FREE FILLING
2 cups shredded vegan cheese of your choice (I used a mixture of the mozzarella and mild cheddar from my book)
2 Tbsp vegan milk of your choice
1½ heaped tsp cornstarch (cornflour)
sesame seeds for garnishing
INGREDIENTS FOR PASTRY
¾ cup plain unbleached flour
1/3 cup margarine (non-dairy)
a pinch of salt
around 3 to 4 Tbsp cold water
METHOD FOR PASTRY
- Place all the pastry ingredients (except for the water) in your food processor, and mix until the consistency resembles that of breadcrumbs.
- Transfer into a large mixing bowl, and slowly add the water, whilst kneading the mixture with your hands until a ball is formed. Dust the ball with flour, then place it in a plastic bag and refrigerate for an hour or so.
METHOD FOR BASE
- First preheat your oven to 350ºF (180ºC)
- Roll out your pastry, and shape into the base of your pre-greased quiche tray. Now place your tray with the dough into the oven for 15 minutes, then remove and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
- Now spoon on the precooked veggies, sprinkle on some more teriyaki sauce, and set aside whilst you go and make your filling.
METHOD FOR FILLING
- Easy, just place all the ingredients in your food processor, and process until smooth. You should be left with a thick creamy filling.
- Spoon this onto the base of the veggies, and sprinkle on your sesame seeds or other seeds of your choice.
- Bake in a hot oven until golden on top – it should be nicely set, remember as it will cool it will also set. Bon Appétit !
All recipes and content © Miriam Sorrell www.mouthwateringvegan.com 2010