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An Eggsceptional Crustless Quiche to Celebrate World Egg Day

How did you celebrate this year’s World Egg Day?  Poached, scrambled, over-easy or an omelette are just fine; However, can you think of a better way to celebrate World Egg Day than with a healthy tasty vegetarian, crustless quiche? While it might be Friday before Thanksgiving (In Canada anyway), let’s talk turkey about making one if you’ve never done it before.

One of my favourite egg dishes is my crustless Kale, Mushroom & Onion Quiche,which I make in my French ceramic bakeware pie dish by Emile Henri. (We’ll talk about that in another post). This dish is easy-to-make and suitable for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner or Thanksgiving if you prefer to go meatless.

What you’ll need:

4 eggs
¾-1 cup cheese shredded or blended cheese
(ideally cheddar and Parmesan)
1 bunch kale leaves, torn into small pieces
1 cup Cremini mushrooms sliced
1 medium chopped onion (sweet preferred)
2 Tbsp., margarine, butter or olive oil for sautéing
1-cup milk or 10% cream
4-5 sprigs fresh dill (or your favourite spice)
salt, pepper optional

What to do:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

On the stove, sauté your onions, over low-medium heat for about 4-5 minutes until they are soft. but not brown or caramelized. Add mushrooms and continue to sauté for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and place onions and mushrooms in a bowl. Using the same pan, add kale and sauté for about 2 minutes until the kale becomes wilted.

(I also like to add a sprinkle of sugar to the kale to cut down some of its natural bitterness.)

Remove from heat. Combine kale to onion and mushroom mixture.

Pour mixture into a colander; press down with paper towel to remove excess moisture.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, dill and all but a couple of tablespoons of the cheese that you’ll use later.

Grease an 8 or 9-inch baking dish. Place the kale, onion and mushroom mixture at the bottom of the dish. Pour in egg mixture on top making sure it’s evenly distributed. Sprinkle the leftover cheese over the top.

Place baking dish in 400 degree oven and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue to bake until the egg is lightly browned about 20-25 minutes. Cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Serve the Kale Mushroom Quiche with a salad and you have a full healthy meal.

If you don’t have these exact ingredients, you can substitute any vegetables or cheese that you have leftover in your fridge. I used kale as it was plentiful at my local Community Garden Market but you could also use Swiss chard. I used PC Organics Cremini mushrooms and Mayan sweet onions from Costco.  For cheese, I used PC Organics Cheddar and fresh Parmesan from the Italian Centre.

And if you’re a meat lover, you can add some of that too for added flavour and protein.

Eggs are Healthy

It’s no secret that eggs are a great source of protein and are known for helping to develop the brain, strengthen muscles and positively contribute to good health. According to WebMD, a single egg has only 75 calories and like milk, contains the highest “biological value” of high quality protein, at 7 grams. An egg contains 5 grams of fat and 1.6 grams of saturated fat but also contains iron, a number of vitamins and minerals as well as carotenoids.

World Egg Day

Any day can be an egg day, but this day is designated a special day. The International Egg Commission, a trade association for all things egg established World Egg Dayin 1996. It happens each year on the 2nd Friday in October, which this year happened to be Friday, October 11th. In 2020 it will be on October 9th and coincidently it would also have been John Lennon’s 80th Birthday.

If you want to find out more about World Egg Day you can visit the International Egg Commission website.

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Photo and Taste Testing by Greg Gazin.

A version of  this article published by Troy Media.

A version of the article was 1st published in 2017.

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