Friday, July 19, 2013

Dirt to Table Experience: Fast Yellow Summer Squash and Mozzarella Quiche with Fresh Thyme

Quiche is an under appreciated dish that is simple to prepare with only a few ingredients.  Quiche provides combinations that are endless, depending on what you have on hand. You can dig through your leftovers in your refrigerator and pull together a quick meal that provides an excellent source of protein, and depending on how you prepare it, a very healthy meal.

My summer squash harvest was mediocre at best this season. Still, I managed to get a couple dozen yellow squash and only one zucchini-can you believe it? One zucchini! Gardening is funny that way.

I used a few fresh squash from my refrigerator drawer, a half bag of shredded mozzarella cheese, eggs, cream, fresh thyme and a frozen pie shell.  Without much effort managed to bake a really good quiche.


Summer squash from the garden with fresh thyme sautéed with a small amount of butter.


Proof that eating quiche is a good idea!


Fast Yellow Summer Squash and Mozzarella Quiche with Fresh Thyme
Serves 4
Adapted from Epicurious.com


Ingredients:
9" ready prepared pie crust
1 tablespoon butter
12 ounces yellow crookneck squash, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
6 large eggs
1 cup whipping cream
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
3/4 cup (packed) coarsely grated mozzarella cheese ( about 3-ounces)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 Degrees F.

Melt butter in heavy medium skillet over medium heat.  Add squash and thyme.  Sauté until squash is just tender and translucent, about 5 minutes.  Cool to room temperature.

Whisk eggs, cream and salt, pepper, and hot sauce in bowl.  Arrange squash over bottom of crust.  Sprinkle with mozzarella.  Place pan on cookie sheet and pour egg mixture into crust, filling completely (some egg mixture may be left over).

Bake quiche in oven until golden brown, and set in the center about 35 minutes.  Remove and col on rack for 15 minutes.

Enjoy!



25 comments:

Southerncook said...

I love a quiche anytime and this sounds amazing. I do love yellow squash too and will be making this dish sometime this coming week. Thanks for sharing.

Carolyn

Nammi said...

yumm, delicious quiche. Have a nice week end

Rhodesia said...

I love courgette quiche and our courgettes (zucchini) are doing well in the garden. Have a great weekend Diane

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Ha! I was just thinking the other day that I've got a frozen pie shell buried in the freezer! How funny that you just got one zucchini - they're usually impossible to stop!

rosaria williams said...

Oh yes!

Diane Jordan said...

Hi lovely lady.
Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescape. I hope you and your family have a wonderful week end . xxoo
Diane

Big Dude said...

Looks really good Velva - never thought about using squash in quiche.

Unknown said...

Love squash, will try this soon.

Unknown said...

Love squash, will try this soon.

Dining Alone said...

Your quiche looks perfect, almost too perfect to cut into! I bet it was delicious.

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

Your photos are beautiful Velva! And this sounds delicious. I've got some summer squash rolling around on my counters and I'm going to make a custard. Love this time of year with our fresh vegetables.

That Girl said...

Quiche is underrated. It's a fabulous dish.

Southerncook said...

I love a good quiche and this one sounds terrific. Squash and mozzarella sounds like a fabulous combo. I will be trying this soon.

Carolyn

Angie Schneider said...

An amazing squash quiche! Would be great with a glass of chilled Rose for the dinner!

Karen said...

Oh dang, that looks so good. Love thyme with eggs.

Karen Harris said...

You are singing my song here Velva. I am a quiche and squash lover, so this is mouthwatering. I envy you having any type of vegetables from your garden. I am lucky to have just a few scrawny tomatoes and some herbs. I guess that's why God made the farmers' market.

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

This looks delicious Velma.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I really enjoy making quiche and frittatas in the summer with fresh veggies. I'm hoping my zucchini plant rewards me with the quiche ingredients soon :)

Ann Jones said...

My mom used to make quiche every summer. This looks like a great way to use fresh garden squash!

Val said...

I make so many dishes with squash this time of year and never have thought about making it in a quiche. Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Joanne said...

What a lovely quiche! Definitely perfect for using up whatever summer vegetable is in abundance!

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drick perry said...

love a squash pie and yours is beautiful... never made one with whipping cream though, sounds great... love to add tomatoes in 'em too

kumars kitchen said...

perfectly golden brown quiche with burst of deliciosness,yumm :-)

Bill said...

It's been a long time since I've made a quiche and this one looks delicious! Yellow squash is one of my favorite vegetables. Great post!

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