Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sinfully Delicious Yam Quiche

This morning, I told my friend Kinga what I had cooked last night with the Sisters at Roberts Creek Cohousing, and she said that she would like to make the same thing for supper tonight. Others at the dinner had also asked for the recipes. Thankfully I had snapped some pictures on my phone. The recipe is at the bottom of this post. PS  I have been deep into research and other writing lately - not blogging. I will return!

Our full menu included:
·       Sinfully delicious vegetarian quiches (using Coho eggs) with baked yam crust
·       Gilford Castle Pin-tuck Potatoes
·       Roasted Red Pepper Salad with fresh basil
·        Lettuce salad made with fresh greens from our Coho greenhouse.
·       Rhubarb cake a la Stacia (using Coho rhubarb).

This is what the yams look like after they have been pre-baked and assembled in pie plates. They need to be dry enough so there is no risk of the dreaded soggy bottom
Once the quiche is cooked,, it looks like this. Slightly browned on top, and no longer runny when you stab the middle with a knife.
I posted my Pepper salad recipe about five years ago, and I still do it this way.
Christine Wright and I invented this approach to spuds a couple of years ago when we were cooking together at Gilford Castle. We parboiled some Yukon Golds (or their locally available equivalent), then put them in an oven-proof pan, sliced the tops slightly (about ½” deep or a bit more for the larger potatoes), and then coated them with olive oil. Then we baked them at about 375 o F until they were nicely browned. Because Christine is (amongst many things) a seamstress, we decided to call them Pintuck Potatoes. For those who are not seamstresses, this is what pintucks look like.
We also feast with our eyes. Our dinners are always enhanced by the floral arrangements done by Angela. Free range flowers from Cohousing (snipped from where they won’t be missed).
Our dinners are blessed by enthusiastic diners.
For dessert, Stacia made an amazing peach-rhubarb cake, served with whipped cream. I apologize that the focus in this photo is a little off. It may be because I had enjoyed a fresh lavender-scented St. Germaine & gin cocktail beforehand. You can blame Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails which Sabrina gave me a copy of, combined with the fact of fresh lavender being available at Vanessa's.

Sharon’s Yam Quiche Recipe:
3X = 18 slices
1 ½ - 2
yams sliced VERY thin (a bit thicker than chips)
1 T
1 tsp
olive oil to toss slices
1 lb
5 oz
baby spinach  (and fresh basil?)
3 c
1 c
brown mushrooms
4 c
1  1/3 c
half milk/half whipping cream (don’t think: diet)
1 tsp
¼ tsp
teaspoon kosher salt
to taste
¼ tsp
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
large eggs
6 oz
2 oz
feta cheese, crumbled
2 T
Parmesan to top (or less)

1.     Preheat the oven to 350°, then peel and slice the yams. Toss them in a small amount of olive oil, and then lay them out on a sheet of parchment on a cooking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Don’t let them brown, but they need to lose some moisture or else your pie will risk having a soggy bottom (my first trial of doing it this way for my family suffered that fate).
2.     After the yam slices have baked, turn heat up to 375° - and then do the next steps while the oven is heating.
3.     Wilt spinach (pan or microwave)
4.     Sauté mushrooms on high heat in a bit of oil till they stop squeaking and start to release moisture.
5.     Arrange yam slices in pie plates so the sides and bottom of the pie plate are well covered. NOTE: pie plates with slightly higher sides work best. Shallow ones are just too – well, shallow.
6.     Whisk eggs until the yolks and whites are well blended, and then whisk them into the milk/cream, salt & pepper mixture.
7.     Arrange the wilted spinach on top of the pre-cooked yams; add mushrooms on top of the spinach, and feta on top of that.
8.     Pour egg mixture over mushrooms & spinach & feta. The liquid should reach the top of the yam crust.
9.     Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes; cut into 6 wedges per pie.