Delicious dandelions for a healthier quiche

This is a healthy and very tasty quiche inspired by the New York Times cooking section.

Even though dandelion greens are often quite bitter, they mellow when blanched and then combined with the eggs, onions and mushrooms. I was surprised that my 13-year-old son declared it "delicious." I didn't tell him that the crust is also a healthier version of the typical tart pastry, featuring olive oil and whole wheat flour.

Feel free to customize depending on your taste and what you have on hand. Other types of greens - chard, kale or spinach - can be easily substituted for the dandelion greens.

Servings: 6

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch dandelion greens, about 12 ounces
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 6 mushrooms, sliced (about 1 cup sliced mushrooms)
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves (to taste), green shoots removed, minced
  • 4 large or extra large eggs
  • ¾ cup low-fat milk
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ¾ cup Gruyère cheese, grated (3 ounces) 

Yeasted olive oil crust

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature, beaten
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached flour (more as needed)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Cut the tough stems from the dandelion greens, about 1 inch from the bottom, and wash in two changes of water. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and fill a bowl with ice water. When the water comes to a boil, salt generously and add the dandelion greens. Blanch four minutes and transfer to the ice water. Drain, squeeze out excess water and chop.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, and add the onion. Cook, stirring, until tender, about five minutes, and add a pinch of salt and the mushrooms. 
  4. Cook, stirring, for four to five minutes, until the mushrooms have softened and the onions are golden. 
  5. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, then stir in the dandelion greens. Stir together for a minute, and remove from the heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. 
  7. Roll out pastry shell, place in tart pan. Brush the bottom of the pastry shell with a bit of the beaten eggs, and place in the preheated oven for five minutes. Remove from the oven. 
  8. Whisk the milk into the eggs, add 1/2 teaspoon salt, freshly ground pepper to taste and stir in the cooked vegetables and cheese. Turn into the crust. 
  9. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until set and the top is lightly browned. Remove from the heat and allow to sit for 15 minutes before serving. Serve hot or warm.

Directions for olive oil yeast crust:  

  1. Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup lukewarm water, add the sugar, and allow to sit until the mixture is creamy, about 5 minutes. 
  2. Beat in the egg and the olive oil. 
  3. Combine the flours and salt, and stir into the yeast mixture. You can use a bowl and wooden spoon for this, or a mixer — combine the ingredients using the paddle. 
  4. Work the dough until it comes together in a coherent mass, adding flour as necessary. 
  5. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead gently for a few minutes, adding flour as necessary, just until the dough is smooth — do not overwork it. Shape into a ball. 
  6. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap, and allow to rise in a draft-free spot until doubled in size, about one hour.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, gently knead a couple of times, and cut into two equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball without kneading it. 
  8. Cover the dough loosely with plastic wrap, and let rest for five minutes. Then roll out into thin rounds and line pan. 
  9. If not using right away, freeze the dough to prevent it from rising and becoming too bready. The dough can be transferred directly from the freezer to the oven, or thawed and placed into tart pan for another quiche.  

Nutrition Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 347
  • Total fat: 22 g
  • Saturated fat: 8 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 9 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrate: 25 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Sugars: 3 g
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Cholesterol: 141 mg
  • Sodium: 440 mg

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