Heirloom Tomato Quiche With Fresh Herbs & Pesto

I rarely make Quiche and usually stick to frittatas because of the time and mess of making the quiche crust…but I happened to have an extra “pre-made crust” in the fridge, so I got inspired to try one. (Actually homemade pie crust is really not that difficult, it just takes a little extra planning).

I had recently bought a lot of beautiful heirloom tomatoes at the farmer’s market. Those tomatoes and some fresh garden herbs became the main ingredients in my quiche. Some aged gouda cheese added to the egg batter made for a very tasty and easy quiche!

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Ingredients:

(preheat the oven to 375 degrees)

  • 1 pre-made pie crust  (or make one from scratch)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 to 1 cup of half and half (or whole milk, or a mix)
  • 3 – 4  ripe tomatoes  (sliced)
  • 1 small red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 cup of mixed chopped fresh herbs ( I used sage, thyme, rosemary & basil)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup of shaved or grated cheese (I used aged gouda but any cheese you prefer works)
  • salt & fresh pepper to taste

* Using a fork or whisk beat your eggs and then add the milk.

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* Slice the red onion and chop the herbs, then saute in 1 – 2 TB. of olive oil until soft.

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* Slice the tomatoes & grate or shave the cheese and set aside.

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* Unroll the crust and gently place it in the pie pan pressing it up along the sides and bottom. Use a fork to make marks along the top edge.

* Pour the egg and milk mixture into the pan and then layer the tomatoes, cheese and herbs over that. Add some salt & pepper to the top.

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* Bake at 375 for about 35 – 45 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the center is firm to the touch.

I had a little “store bought” pesto, so I drizzled a little of that on top the last few minutes that the quiche was in the oven.

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* Before serving add some extra herbs to the top, and let it sit for 5 minutes or so before cutting into slices. Serve the quiche with a side salad & toasted bread for a simple and delicious meal. (the extra drizzle of pesto made it extra good!)

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When you have pre-made crust on hand, making quiche is a breeze. It can be served warm, room temperature, or cold and is truly delicious for any meal!

Enjoy!

 

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