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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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