|Photo: Dan Nystedt|
Although as far as doing actual baking goes, my gateway baked good was apple pie, after I got so absorbed with that I started thinking about what else would require pastry to cook ... and ta-da, quiche was back on the menu.
The quiche here is recipe that came to me the day after I arrived to my parents' place in Virginia this past year to celebrate Christmas. At first I thought thyme was the right herb for it, but the thyme was a little too piquant for my taste, and on a second run-through the sage was a much better complement to the sweet potatoes. The red onion gives the the custard a little extra kick, and the mix of cheeses adds great flavor. Don't get too stressed out if you end up just doing two cheeses, or even just using the goat cheese ... I realize three cheeses may seem a little fussy ... even if it is really good. If you opt for using just one or two cheeses, I would just use a bit more of it so that the volume of cheese you're using is about the same as what's called for in the recipe.
1 10-inch pie crust, pre-baked (See the accompanying post for instructions).
For the filling:
1 large sweet potato, diced into small cubes, about 1/4-inch wide
1/2 package fresh sage (about 2 Tbsp minced)
1 4-oz. package goat cheese
1/4 of a large red onion, diced
1 cup grated havarti cheese (for more flavor, use 1/2 cup havarti and 1/2 cup sharp cheddar)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. olive oil
For the custard:
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
Pinch of nutmeg
1. Pre-bake a pie/quiche crust (see the post on this for instructions). Set aside to cool as you finish preparing the quiche filling.
2. Keep oven set at 350 degrees to bake the quiche.
3. Put the diced sweet potato, minced sage, finely chopped onion, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl.
4. Add the olive oil to the sweet potato mixture, and toss until the vegetables are covered with the oil and all ingredients are mixed together.
5. Spread the mixture in a pan and broil in the oven for about 20 minutes, mixing the mixture as the edges on top begin to brown. You'll need to keep an eye on this dish to do this. The idea is that you want the edges of the potatoes to be browned, but not burned. This adds to the flavor and appearance of the quiche.
6. As the sweet potatoes broil, grate the havarti and cheddar, and set aside. Mix the two cheeses together, using your hands or a fork or spoon.
|Photo: Dan Nystedt|
8. Put half of the cheese on the bottom of the pre-baked crust, including half of the goat cheese. Spread the sweet potato mixture on top, and then the rest of the cheese mixture on top of that.
9. Pour the custard mixture into the crust, over the cheese and sweet potatoes, until it rises to the level shown in the photos here. Depending on how large your sweet potato was, you may have just enough custard mixture or a bit left over.
10. Bake quiche at 350 degrees until just set in center, about 30-40 minutes. Let the quiche cool before serving, about 15-20 minutes.