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Quiche aux Champignons {Mushroom Quiche}

 Oh Julia!

{note – this post has been recently “republished” under Julia’s Mushroom Quiche – read it here. Enjoy them both!}

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Two weeks ago my copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Ms Julia Child arrived at my door. I finally had the opportunity to crack it open. This being my first official attempt at making one of her recipes I decided not to go nuts and to purchase the pie crust rather than risk a ruined Quiche due to a failed crust. Next time I promise to go all in.

The recipe is actually incredibly simple and although I risk the lighting bolt coming down and hitting me for saying that I may change anything of the Masters recipes, I would revise a few things for the next version.

WHAT I LEARNED FROM JULIA:

* The mushroom cooking technique was fantastic and has been added to my skill set. When reading the recipe I thought I was miss-reading on the mention of “uncover and boil liquid till mushrooms are sautéing in their butter”. Boil? What liquid?? I was only adding a mere 2+ tablespoons of any liquid… Turns out once you uncover you actually do have quite a bit of liquid that needs to be cooked down, even 1/2 cup or so. Brilliant! And delicious.

* Addition of nutmeg – Genius. Adds a special flavor that you can’t necessarily place but creates a warmness.

WHAT I WOULD CHANGE NEXT TIME:

* Butter: I would skip the final addition of the butter peas on top. Seemed to leave mark & didn’t seem to add anything that wasn’t already there.

* I am an EXTREMELY visual person and by the surface of my Quiche you would not believe how tasty it is. I would be sure to place a few of the mushrooms closer to the surface so they peak through. AND I might even throw a green herb in the final mix to again add color & visual appeal.

PROBABILITY OF REPEATING RECIPE 1-10:  strong 9

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Quiche aux Champignons
 {Mushroom Quiche}

Adapted from Julia Child, Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons diced shallots
  • 1 lb large white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons port
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 8-inch partially-cooked pastry shell
  • 1/4 cup grated Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • pinch of Nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter cut into pea-sized dots

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Melt butter in pan add shallots for a short time then add in the sliced mushrooms, salt and port. Cover pan and cook over moderately low heat for 8 minutes. Uncover. Raise heat and boil for several minutes until liquid is completely evaporated and mushrooms are beginning to saute in their butter.

3. Beat the eggs, cream and pepper in a large mixing bowl to blend.

4. Gradually stir in the mushroom mixture. Check seasoning. Pour into pastry shell. Spread on the cheese and distribute butter on top. {* I think I would skip the final addition of the butter. It left marks sort of, shall I dare say greasy marks on top}

5. Bake in upper third of pre-heated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until puffed and browned.

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34 Responses to Quiche aux Champignons {Mushroom Quiche}

  1. sunithi October 19, 2012 at 11:46 PM #

    Love Love mushrooms and the idea of baking them into a quiche sounds so yummy to me. Will be making this ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • An Appealing Plan October 21, 2012 at 1:33 AM #

      I highly reccomend trying it. I managed to eat the entire quiche by myself within 4 days….

  2. Alaiyo Kiasi October 16, 2012 at 5:58 PM #

    You’ve inspired me to buy “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Love the presentation!

    • An Appealing Plan October 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM #

      I am only one recipe in and have learned two new techniques! The mushroom preparation is like nothing I have done before.

  3. arlene@flouronmyface October 16, 2012 at 4:45 PM #

    Your crust looks so buttery and flaky!

  4. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife October 16, 2012 at 4:10 PM #

    ooo wow, I wish I could have some of this right now! It sounds (and looks) wonderful! How perfect for comfort food themed #sundaysupper!

  5. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 16, 2012 at 2:21 PM #

    I love mushrooms, what a great thing for a quiche. Looks wonderful!

  6. Sarah October 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM #

    Doesn’t everything sound so much more fancy in french? Quiche aux champignons sounds so fancy! They look declicous!

  7. The Wimpy Vegetarian October 16, 2012 at 1:07 AM #

    This looks just wonderful! I love mushroom quiche!!

  8. Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) October 15, 2012 at 11:37 PM #

    mmmm….LOVE mushrooms and LOVE quiche and you can’t go wrong with Julia! I appreciate your recipe notes! Thank you for sharing.

    • An Appealing Plan October 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM #

      I am glad that I made it by the recipe the first time would love to hear thoughts on others.

  9. Jennifer B October 15, 2012 at 7:55 PM #

    Mushrooms!! I love that you put mushrooms in your quiche! I don’t think I’ve had quiche like that before.

    • An Appealing Plan October 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM #

      It was delish. I ate the whole things over 4 days!

  10. Anne @ Webicurean October 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM #

    This looks delicious! That crust looks nice and flaky. I’m a big fan of the ready made pie crusts–everything always comes together so quickly, which is nice.

  11. Stephanie {TheCookieADayChallenge} October 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM #

    Quiche is always served on my mom’s side of the family for Christmas. This will be a great recipe to try for that family get together! I’m a big fan of mushrooms, can’t wait to try.

  12. diabeticFoodie October 15, 2012 at 9:15 AM #

    I’m not a mushroom fan, but my husband would absolutely love this! Poor guy, he’s so mushroom-deprived.

  13. Laura Hunter October 15, 2012 at 7:25 AM #

    I think my mushroom loving household would go crazy for this recipe.

  14. baker street October 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM #

    Oh Krayl! this is such an amazing dish. thanks for sharing this lovely recipe! 🙂

    • An Appealing Plan October 14, 2012 at 11:26 PM #

      Thanks for checking it!

  15. Bea October 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM #

    It looks delicious! I love quiche 🙂

  16. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 14, 2012 at 7:57 PM #

    I’ve had a long lasting love affair with mushrooms and really love Mushroom Quiche! I love that you used Julia’s recipe! Your quiche looks divine! Thanks for sharing!

    • An Appealing Plan October 14, 2012 at 11:25 PM #

      Going to make a second one this week to make “my” updates. A little less butter and maybe an egg white to lighten it up a bit.

  17. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen October 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM #

    I love quiche and mushrooms. The nutmeg is wonderful and a very overlooked spice. Wonderful recipe!

  18. Kim Bee October 14, 2012 at 6:05 PM #

    This looks so good Krayl. I mean who wouldn’t want to curl up with a big plate of this by a fire. It’s comfort food at it’s finest.

    Odd observation but has anyone ever told you that you look a lot like Robin Wright Penn? You really do. xx

    • An Appealing Plan October 14, 2012 at 11:23 PM #

      Never heard that one. But thanks, I think…

  19. Jennie @themessybakerblog October 14, 2012 at 6:00 PM #

    Ooooo, yum! This quiche looks fabulous. Pinned!

  20. Tara October 14, 2012 at 5:50 PM #

    I love cooking Julia’s recipes but I have never made this one. I will have to change that, soon!

  21. Megan - I Run For Wine October 14, 2012 at 5:27 PM #

    Krayl, this is an amazing dish. I am going to make this next time I am home for the weekend. If I tried it here, I would end up eating the entire thing on my own and that would not be a good thing!

  22. Lane @ Supper for a Steal October 14, 2012 at 5:21 PM #

    This sounds delicious and your right it doesn’t sound too hard. I really want to give this recipe a shot (I will probably cheat with store bought pastry too, shh)

  23. Renee October 14, 2012 at 3:24 PM #

    Seriously can’t go wrong with a Julia Child recipe. The techniques are the important part and changing up ingredients for preference is a great thing to do. Next time try making the crust. It is one of the best crusts I have ever made or eaten.

  24. Katie October 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM #

    This dish would be right up my husband’s alley! Mushrooms are his all-time favorite…and is there anything better for a brunch than quiche? 🙂

    • An Appealing Plan October 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM #

      Mushrooms are my favorite too. Try the mushroom cooking method. It will change your technique forever!

  25. Jen @JuanitasCocina October 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM #

    Nobody is more comforting than Julia! This sounds delish!

  26. Amanda October 14, 2012 at 8:31 AM #

    Mushroom quiche – one of my very favorites! Time to make this version for breakfast I think.

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