Monday, July 7, 2008

Cherry Tart, Quiche Recipies

Yesterday afternoon, I was in a cooking kind of mood. I made the above cherry tart, quiche, fresh salsa, veggie sloppie joe's and a fruit salad. In response to my friend Breaker's pleas, I've decided I will try to post a tried and true recipe, maybe monthly.

Let's start with that cherry tart/pie thing. So easy and so impressive! And of course, tasty. I had fresh cherries so I found a recipe in a magazine and altered it to what I had on hand. I de-seeded and halved about 2 cups of fresh cherries, mixed them in a bowl with 1/8 cup of sugar and 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch. I then spread them out onto the center of a ready-made pie crust (ripped the edges off a bit for a more "rustic" look), folded them up, spread some egg wash on the dough and sprinkled with sugar. Put back into the frig for about 10 minutes and then baked at 375 F for oh, maybe 45 minutes in my toaster oven.

But here is the Quiche recipe that friends have requested after having eaten.

2 Pre-made pie crusts
1 Med. Vidalia Onion, sliced(or any onion)
1 clove minced garlic
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1/2 Cup Parmesean Cheese, grated
5 Eggs
2 Cups Milk (I use whole)
1/4 Cup Mayo
Salt & Pepper

1) Cook your pie crust a bit accourding to instructions.
2)In a medium heat pan, sautee onion and garlic. Season with S & P and when starting to get soft, add about a tablespoon of sugar, making them nice and caramelized.
3) In a blender combine eggs, milk, mayo S & P.
4)Disperse caramelized onions between the 2 pie crusts. Sprinkle with grated cheese and finish by pouring the egg mixture from the blender between the pies.
5) Cook at 350 F for about 40 minutes-1 hour.

This is such a great basic recipe, given to me from my cousin the chef. Instead of onion & parm I've done mushrooms and swiss as well as chedder & broccoli. I always serve it with a balsamic dressing-based salad as the tartness of the dressing goes so well with the creaminess of the quiche. Enjoy!

p.s. Let me know if you try it :)


Ana said...

YEAY! we were in need of this recipe! I havent stopped thinking about the yummy-ness you shared with us on our visit. I totally want to make your quiche sooo bad. I believe this week will be the week. we have lots of eggs and the pie crusts all ready :)

Gretel said...

thats interesting - Ive never included Mayo in a quiche! sounds tastey. I like to put asparagus and prociuto in mine...and add some (good quality) shredded cheddar cheese....yummers.
you are the best.

kimberley said...

The mayo does sound weird, but trust me-you never notice it, it just adds a layer of creaminess. The cousin who gave me this recipe hates mayo, oddly enough.

Veja cecilia said...

Looks good. And your painting turned out great:)

Jill said...

Hi! I just discovered a nice comment from you on my blog from almost a month ago! I'm glad I finally read the comment and found your's great...your artwork is amazing, and now I am hungry for cherry tart as well. And you were the other pair of hands that Esti drew on the day that she posted mine :)'s all making sense now.

karla said...

Quiche will probably be the first thing I make in my new kitchen. Do you know how long its been since I've cooked?? You would be so ashamed if I told you 4 months. Oops, I said it.... yes 4 months!!! I hope it is at least 1/2 as delicious as when you make it!!