I decided to do a rather last minute brunch this past weekend as we had a friend visiting us here in Knoxville from Bolivia. Knoxville, as I’ve mentioned, is not the most exciting place. And, like us, our friend is a pescetarian, which means there aren’t a ton of choices for a nice meal out. And I love making brunch, actually, because I think it’s easier to do a lovely, impressive brunch for a lot of people than it is a dinner party. It’s cheaper too – a single quiche can feed a party, but salmon for six adds up fast.
In New Orleans I used to hold frequent mimosa laden brunches. Here in Knoxville we entertain much less, but when I do entertain, I prefer to do it for brunch, though I find it confusing when people don’t go through a whole case of champagne at brunch. Isn’t that the POINT? 🙂 The brunch was successful, we had a lovely day, but no one drank even a single mimosa. I’m pregnant, thats my excuse, but it never fails to make me miss The Big Easy!
This past weekend we had quiche, blueberry pancakes with homemade blueberry chia jam and homemade orange scented whipped cream, apple sage veggie sausage, and a side of fruit consisting of grapefruit, blood oranges, Cara Cara oranges, and blueberries. I chose the quiche because the guest of honor does not actually like runny eggs. I know! The horror! So while I had planned to make oeuff en cocotte, about which I will soon blog, I changed it up to my favorite quiche. I find this one to be my most requested, and quite a crowd pleaser. It’s also easy as pie. Well, egg pie 🙂
I needed a quick crust for this, though, and I searched on Pinterest for an easy option. I found one from CincyShopper.com I will definitely make again. Its not the best I’ve ever had, or even made for that matter, but I think it is easy enough and reliable. I had crust I was pressing into my pie dish in less than ten minutes, which I’ll count as a win.
For the Quiche:
1/2 cup of goat cheese
1 1/4 Cups Caramelized Onions (about three medium onions)
1 Cup Half and Half or Heavy Cream
1/2 tsp salt
A dash of pepper
Fresh Dill for Decorating
The harder part is properly caramelizing the onions. Which is actually not at all hard, but time consuming. I find it takes me about 45 minutes to do them properly. My husband jokes that we should just make up a batch of these every week because we use them in so many dishes. Which is a bit decadent. But hey, I’m going to play the pregnancy card here. If it doesn’t make me sick to think about it, I’m eating it!
To properly caramelize onions, slice the onions, and place them in a pan, preferably cast iron, and generously salt them. I use about 1/4 cup of oil. Toss the onions in the oil. Cover, and place on lowest heat setting for 20 minutes, stirring maybe once about halfway through. After twenty minutes, remove cover. Onions are now caramelized, but bring them to medium heat, and brown to desired color. You might need a tablespoon more oil for this process, and you might not. I think that depends on the pan and the heat, and honestly, a little bit on the onions themselves!
Place the onions in the bottom of the pie crust. I use a generous amount, a little over a cup of onions.
In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk six eggs with a half a teaspoon of salt, and the pepper. Add in 1 cup of half and half, and mix together with the eggs. Add in half a cup of goat cheese, and just stir to combine. I actually prepare this while the onions are on the lowest heat setting, just before they are ready to brown, but quiche is relatively forgiving. You can wait till your onions are done and slightly cool, even, before you combine everything.
Pour the egg and cheese mixture over the top of the onions, and use a whisk or fork to gently loosen the onions and let the egg mixture flow through. Place in oven for about 45 minutes at 350. When quiche is set, remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh dill. Serve warm, refrigerate, or freeze.
Note: I use a crust shield for the first 30 minutes, because my oven is hot. I remove the crust shield for the last ten to fifteen minutes. If you have a better oven than mine, you can probably adjust the temperature up to 375 degrees, and the entire cooking time down to 30-40 minutes. Lower and slower is what works for my oven though!