Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer Squash, Bacon, and Mozzarella Quiche

Either you are a quiche lover or hater and I am a lover.  It is such a versatile meal and so easy to whip together.  It is like a savory breakfast for dinner.  Eggs, cheese, veggies, and crispy flaky pie crust- count me in.  I have made many a quiche before but this one tops the charts.  It is officially my new favorite quiche.  The bacon and zucchini/squash go together perfectly with the eggs.   I found this recipe from Cooking Light but of course I had to fatten it up.  Flavor is in fat people- I wrote my changes in pink beside the regular recipe that way you can make the low fat version or my superior full fat version!  I had to add extra bacon and cheese.  I saved time and used a store bought pie shell, but if you are feeling ambitious go on and make the homemade one.  If you hate quiche give this one a try it just might change your mind. 

:: S U M M E R   S Q U A S H, B A C O N,  A N D  M O Z Z A R E L L A  Q U I C H E ::
Adapted from Cooking Light

  • Crust: (I used store bought)
  • 6.75 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • Filling:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups (1/8-inch-thick) slices yellow squash
  • 2 cups (1/8-inch-thick) slices zucchini
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots (used 1/4 red onion instead)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (omitted this because I did not have any)
  • 1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk (I used 1 cup heavy cream)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled (I used 12 slices of crumbled bacon)
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (I used about 1.5 cups of mozzarella and Gruyere)

**If you use a store bought pie shell skip steps one- three and just bake the pie shell for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees.  From there follow the rest of the instructions from step 4 on.**
  1. To prepare crust, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor, and pulse 2 times or until combined. Add butter and shortening; pulse 4 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. With food processor on, add ice water through food chute, processing just until the mixture is combined (do not form a ball). Press mixture into a 4-inch circle on plastic wrap, and cover. Refrigerate for 1 hour
  2.   Preheat oven to 400°.
  3. Slightly overlap 2 sheets of plastic wrap on a slightly damp flat surface. Unwrap and place chilled dough on plastic wrap. Cover dough with 2 additional sheets of overlapping plastic wrap. Roll dough, still covered, into a 12-inch circle. Place dough in freezer 5 minutes or until plastic wrap can easily be removed. Remove top sheets of plastic wrap, and fit dough, plastic wrap side up, into a 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate coated with cooking spray. Remove remaining plastic wrap from dough. Fold edges under, and flute. Pierce bottom and sides of dough with fork. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  4.  Reduce oven temperature to 350°.
  5.  To prepare the filling, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add squash, zucchini, shallots, and thyme; saute for 5 minutes or until squash and zucchini are tender, stirring frequently ( I sauteed mine for about 10-15 mins to get good and tender). Cool the squash mixture slightly.
  6.  Combine 1 cup reduced-fat milk and the next 5 ingredients (through eggs) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Arrange squash mixture evenly over crust, and sprinkle with 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Pour the egg mixture over cheese. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until filling is set. Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack.


Natalie said...

I've been waiting for this recipe! Seriously sounds amazing.

Ally {Life as I know it} said...

Quiche and tomato pie may be my all time favorite dishes. I can't wait to try this recipe it's looks delicious!

caycee said...

Can we have a lunch date and you make this? I will bring prezzies for the new baby in exchange ;)

Laura at Simply Lowcountry said...

I have seen a lot of recipes for quiches in the past couple of weeks! I might have to add this to our dinner menu for next week and try it out!!


Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

I would like to eat that.

Sara Mueller said...

I have some summer squash from my garden that I need to use and this recipe sounds perfect!

Pink and Fabulous said...

I'm so excited to try this since you posted it on Insty. This looks amaze!

Shelby {Recent Somethings} said...

Wow that looks insane. If awesome flavor = extra fat, so be it :)

natasha {schue love} said...

Oh wow...this looks beyond delish! Love that it has summer squash in addition!!

Mrs. Earl Grey said...

Man, that looks delicious. I may just make me one tonight! Thanks for the inspiration- and the recipe.

Amy Florez said...

I'll bring the wine, prezzies, and a side salad for that lunch date!!! ;)

Dominique DeLaney said...

Seriously this looks so so good...but what recipes that you post don't!

Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] said...

Your recipes always make me drool! I want to come live with you for a few months and have you teach me how to cook- LOL!

Alexa said...

Yum! This seriously looks beyond delish! All of my favorite things in it!