Gluten Free Zucchini and Prosciutto Quiche

Making a gluten free quiche has been on my recipe bucket list for a long time.  This week I finally did it!  The filling is a savory blend of zucchini, prosciutto, mushrooms and Gruyere cheese.  I still can’t believe how tasty it was.

Of course, the foundation of a good quiche is the pie crust.  If you missed my earlier post on how to make an easy, gluten free pie crust you can check it out here.

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350º.

Roll your pie dough into a circle, using your pie dish as a guide.  You want the dough to fit into the pie dish with a little extra to fold under and crimp.

Carefully lift the dough and place in your pie dish.

Trim the excess (can be used to patch any cracks or holes), fold the edges under and crimp.

Because the filling is made with heavy, wet ingredients, you will need to blind bake (pre-bake) the crust for 10 minutes to keep it from getting soggy.  Be sure to weigh down the crust down to keep the bottom from puffing up.  You can cover the crust with parchment and use beans or pie weights.  Or you can try this gadget, it works like a charm and it’s so easy to remove and clean!

While the crust is baking prepare the filling.  Cut the zucchini and mushrooms into thin slices and chop the whites of the scallions into 1/4″ pieces.  Grate the cheese and tear the prosciutto into small pieces.

Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a nonstick skillet, add all of the veggies and sprinkle with seasoning.

Cook the veggies until they have released their liquid and reduced to about 1 cup.  Transfer to a colander to cool and drain.

Take the partially cooked pie crust out of the oven after 10 minutes and remove the pie weight.

To finish the filling, beat the eggs and milk.  Stir in the drained veggies, 3/4 cup of cheese and the prosciutto.  Add about 8 grinds of fresh ground pepper.

Pour the filling into the prepared crust and top with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese.

Place the quiche on the center rack of your oven.  I put a cookie sheet underneath, to keep the bottom from getting over cooked.  Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the top is set, and edges of the crust are well browned.

Let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Notes ♪♫ We had this quiche for dinner, and reheated leftovers for lunch the next day.  Like any pie, the number of servings will depend on your appetite, somewhere between 4-8 wedges.  It was delicious and would be an amazing addition to your brunch menu!

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Gluten Free Turkey Mushroom Soup

Turkey Mushroom Soup is on the menu at our house this week!  The base for this soup is a delicious stock that I make every year with the remnants of our Thanksgiving turkey.  This rich, golden goodness adds great depth of flavor to soups and stews.  Check out this link to see how easy it is to make your own delicious, gluten free stock.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups homemade turkey stock
  • 6 cups turkey or chicken broth, homemade or store bought
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. sage
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 pkg. cremini or white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups leftover diced turkey or chicken, reserved from another meal
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice blend

 Preparation:

Like many soups, this one begins with a Mirepoix, a combination of onion, celery and carrots.

Place a 4-quart stock pot over medium heat with 1 tbsp. olive oil.  Add the carrots, onion and celery and cook for several minutes, stirring occasionally.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add the garlic, stir and cook 1 minute.

Add the stock, broth, herbs and seasonings.  Bring to a boil and then simmer, covered on low heat for 1 hour.

While the soup simmers, cook the rice according to package directions.

Slice the mushrooms and sauté in the remaining tbsp. olive oil.  Add to the pot during the last 15 minutes of cooking.

Turn the heat down to low.  Add the cooked rice to the pot, along with the reserved turkey or chicken.

Stir well and warm over low heat until rice and turkey are heated through (do not boil once the meat has been added or it will shred).

I have made this recipe several times now and everyone loves it.  In fact, it is now a winter tradition.  So, the next time you roast a turkey, be sure to save the bones for stock and put aside some leftover meat for this rich hearty soup!

Notes ♪♫ Is there a difference between stock and broth?  Yes, there is!  A broth is made with meat and/or vegetables simmered together.  A stock on the other hand always begins with the bones, usually roasted first and then simmered low and slow until every bit of goodness is extracted.  Broth is a clear liquid, while stock has a thick, gelatinous consistency.  Learn more here.

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