How long has it been since you had a truly outstanding quiche? Have you ever had a truly outstanding quiche? This author admits she is not one to hassle with a 'from scratch' dough crust, so this unique crust - made from mushrooms - is not only easier to make than a pie dough crust, it has way more flavor (and nutrition).
Mushrooms are full of minerals including copper, selenium, and phosphorus. They are an excellent source of B vitamins including vitamin B2, niacin, and pantothenic acid, and a very good source of potassium, zinc, vitamin D, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folate, choline, vegetable protein and manganese. In fact, mushrooms contain more selenium (an important antioxidant) than any other produce. Mushrooms are also fiber, which helps regulate the digestive system and helps control cholesterol. Mushrooms contain no cholesterol and are low in fat, calories and sodium.
Mushrooms boost the immune system: the antioxidant selenium contained in mushrooms helps to neutralize free radicals to help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases. Mushrooms have anti-inflammatory properties, and the polysaccharides in mushrooms stimulate the immune system. Cooking mushrooms makes the nutrients that they contain more bio-available to you.
This fine mushroom quiche is bursting with flavor and nutrition and is quick and easy to make. The Spice Rack at 2nd Street Market has great local butter and cheese, Mr. Garber has green onions and eggs and you can check with Hydrogrowers to see if they have mushrooms currently.
Mushroom crust quiche
- 1/2# mushrooms, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup cracker crumbs
- 2 cups cottage cheese
- 3/4 cup green onions, chopped
- 5 T butter
- 2 c swiss cheese, shredded
- 2 eggs
Saute mushrooms in 3 T butter. Stir in the cracker crumbs and press into the bottom and sides of the quiche pan. Melt 2 T butter and saute the chopped green onions. Spread over the crust and sprinkle with the swiss cheese.
Blend the cottage cheese and the eggs until smooth and pour into the crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle of the quiche comes out clean.
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