Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cheddar Kale Quiche from author @AveryAames + book #giveaway

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Okay, I'm gearing up for the release of FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE so my mind is in cheese- mode, which means every recipe for this month from me will have cheese in it in some fashion. Get ready!

By the way, every week until release February 2, I'll be offering a giveaway right here, so don't miss a Wednesday. See below.

Over the New Year, I wanted to make something that I would really love to eat...for days.  I had recently bought a bag of quinoa flour and thought, hmm, what can I do with this?  Why not try a new quiche recipe!

My friend, Sheridan, gave me a cookbook for Christmas from the Lagasse girls (Emeril's daughters) and it's gluten-free, so I browsed through it, and I found a recipe for a pastry that looked perfect. I loved their tips. 

So I used that pastry and then scoured the Internet for a recipe with kale. I know, right, kale? I do NOT like kale raw. But I know it's benefits and thought, what if I can cook it down for a quiche? Perfect. 

I found a recipe on the Land of Lakes butter site. Every product now offers recipes using their products. Well, I didn't have all their products (I do use their butter and sour cream), and then I tweaked, so this one is my own, not theirs, but certainly inspired by theirs.

It's perfect for brunch, lunch, an afternoon snack, and or dinner. Cheese is sort of versatile that way. It's very savory and this quiche is gluten-free!!  Yes, of course, you could make a regular crust with regular flour or you can buy a crust at the store, but the quinoa adds so much, I've got to tell you. It gave this crust a great, nutty flavor! Love it!

Kale Cheddar Quiche

From a cookbook called: The Lagasse Girls’ Big Flavor, Bold Taste and No Gluten!

I tweaked this recipe, but it really worked.  Their biggest hint:  COLD, COLD, COLD.

Crust ingredients:

1 cup gluten-free flour blend (they suggested Arrowhead Mills – but I made mine with ½ cup sweet rice flour and ½ cup quinoa flour) [*plus more for dusting, see below]
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 cup (1 stick) COLD unsalted butter, diced into small cubes
1 large COLD egg
2 to 4 tablespoons ice water (*I used 2)

In a food processor, mix the flour, salt and xanthan gum to combine.

Add in the cold butter cubes and pulse until the mixture is fine crumbs with no large pieces.

Add the egg and 2 tablespoons of ice water and pulse again until dough forms. [Doesn’t take long.]  You might need to add water. You want the dough to be sort of sticky.

Remove the dough from the food processor and transfer to a large resealable plastic bag. Squish the dough down into a large disk of even thickness, as thin as your bag can handle.  *[I used a rolling pin to get it really flat.]  Refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days!

Once the dough is chilled, transfer it from its wrapping to a gluten-free floured sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper.  [*Note: I forgot to dust with GF flour and it was harder to remove. I did it, but it was harder.]  Sprinkle the top of the dough with a bit more GF flour and top with another piece of wax paper or parchment paper.

Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough between the sheets of paper.

Once it’s about 12 inches in diameter (the right size for a 9-inch pie pan), gently peel off the top layer of paper.

Now…to transfer the dough…I turned my pie plate upside down and set it on the dough. Then I slipped my hand beneath the parchment paper and pie plate and flipped them. The dough settled nicely inside. 
I didn't photograph the rolling and crimping. Sheesh!

Gentle press the dough down so it fits along the bottom and up the sides. If any part of it breaks, just squish it back together. You won’t see any seams after it bakes.

Crimp the edges of the dough around the rim of the pie plate.

For this quiche – do not prebake the crust!!!


4 ounces (about 3 cups diced) kale, ribs and stems removed (*I chopped in food processor)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup diced shallots, (1-3 shallots)
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup half and half
1/4 cup sour cream
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  Prepare pie shell per instructions.

Remove stems of kale. Chop a bit.  Then put in the food processor to really dice. This is a messy business!  But the food processor really helps. Measure 3 cups and set aside.

In a skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter.  Add shallots and cook 3 minutes until translucent.

Add the kale, rosemary, and thyme.  Cook 5 minutes or until kale is tender. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, combine half & half, sour cream, eggs, salt, and pepper.  Using a whisk, mix until blended.

Spoon kale mixture into the prepared pie shell. Pour the egg mixture over the kale. Sprinkle with the shredded Cheddar cheese.

Place onto a baking sheet (that has a lip; this leaks).  Bake 35 minutes until the filling is set and the top is browned. Remove from oven and let stand 15 minutes. Serve warm.


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Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
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  1. Happy New Year! Favorite brunch food? Quiche, of course. I like the standard traditional Quiche Lorraine, but I also like to be adventurous adding ingredients like peppers, shrimp, roasted tomatoes, artichoke hearts. I guess kale is one ingredient I may need to try.

  2. My favorite brunch food is the waffles and the fresh fruit. Really enjoy the cheese shop mysteries.

  3. I would LOVE to win! I like spinach dip and cheese and crackers!
    This is a great site!!

  4. Love this quiche recipe! And my favorite brunch food is in fact quiche (I love quiche with spinach, broccoli, and caramelized onions, especially).

  5. That looks yummy, Darryl! My faves are frittatas, savoury bread puddings or stratas, omelets, casseroles with bacon or sausage, and of course, quiche! Served with some fresh fruit and washed down with Bloody Marys or Mimosas. Thanks for the kale idea and quinoa crust, must try it soon!
    lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

  6. Favorite brunch foods are Belgium waffles with strawberries on top, an egg white omelet with mushroom, ham, and cheese and grilled asparagus with balsamic vinaigrette and of course mimosas.

  7. Did you enjoy the kale cooked??? Is the flavor similar to spinach? My favorite brunch food really is all of them. Brunch is fun and I am feeling hungry at the moment!!!! Thank you for the recipe and the opportunity

    1. Yes, the flavor was similar to spinach. I think the chopping fine made a huge difference! Savory. I might even try the kale now just stirred fried, as long as it's finely chopped.

      ~Daryl / Avery

  8. Favorite brunch food is an egg white omelet with lots of green peppers and mushrooms. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Brunch for me is a rare event for me, so I will say Eggs Florentine. Thanks for the opportunity to win. grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

  10. My favorite brunch foods are: strawberries, cinnamon rolls, coffee cake, croissants, omelets, French toast, and Belgium waffles. I am sure there is more but I can't think of them right now. Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. Before I had to go gluten-free, Belgium waffles were my I stick to omelets. Thanks for the gf quiche recipe! I've been intimidated to try crust but you've made it look do-able...thank you! And thanks for the chance to win one of your books! kimdavishb (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Kim, I was amazed how easy this went especially when the ingredients were super cold. Great tip!

      ~Daryl / Avery

  12. My daughter loves kale! Will definitely try or pass this along to her! My favorite brunch food are omelettes, since I don't really make them at home!

  13. Oh, that really looks good! I love healthy meals that are also scrumptious and this sounds like it fits the bill.

    My favorite brunch is way too carb loaded - waffles or pancakes or french toast.


  14. Dutch Baby pancakes and bacon on the side. I love breakfaat anytime day or night but nothing with Kale. Ruth Nixon

  15. I like some scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. Yum!

  16. My favorite brunch food would be French Toast.

  17. I think my favorite brunch food is waffles! This quiche sounds delicious!

  18. My favorite brunch food would be mushroom quiche or a Little Boy Blue omelet with bacon, chicken, and blue cheese.

  19. I love a good britsh scone. Happy New Year!

  20. My fav is a frittata , they are awesome !

  21. What a great way to get your kale!!!! My favorite brunch foods are quiche and those overnight casseroles that use bread and milk and cheese, eggs and sausage!!! Love sausage.

  22. Quinoa flour? What a great idea.Best wishes with the soon to be new book.
    And cooked kale is a tasty addition. (I'm not crazy about it raw, either.)
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. Thanks, Libby. This was my first time using the quinoa flour and it gave a toasty flavor.

      ~Daryl / Avery