Quiche (French Tarts)

Alsace, is the smallest of the 27 regions of France and is in the border with Germany, the fusion of French and German culture is more than evident here than in other parts of France.

Alsace, is the smallest of the 27 regions of France and is in the border with Germany, the fusion of French and German culture is more than evident here than in other parts of France.

Name of recipe (English): French Tart

Name of recipe (French): Quiche

Country or Origin: French with roots in Germany

Continent: Europe

Why kids would love France/Germany: We have mentioned before Europe is a perfect place for kids because it has Eurodisney. But it also has many amazing landmarks and castles, besides many fairytales have origins in Europe and kids would love to hear where they come from.

Why is this recipe special to me?

As I have mentioned in other of my posts, my husband is originally from France and he loves everything related to the French cuisine, beside that I have spent quite amount of time in France and I have come to love all things related to its wonderful flavor. I think this is also an amazing way to introduce our daughter to her French roots. And now, let’s cook!

Why big chefs care?

The combination of ingredients that takes to make a great quiche presents the opportunity to offer a balanced nutritional menu to the family. While the traditional quiche (Quiche Lorraine) is made with pastry crust, filled with cheese and cropped bacon pieces, the current versions can include a mixture of meat and vegetables and in our case; this recipe has one incredible ingredient, spinach. This vegetable has a fair amount of nutritional ingredients and is very low in calories.

Why little chefs care?

They will learn a little known fact about the quiche, the word ‘quiche’ actually comes from the German vocabulary ‘kuchen’ and it means cake.

Spinach, similar to other dark green veggies, contains beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that works to fight heart disease and cancer. Raw spinach is also a good source of vitamin C.

Spinach, similar to other dark green veggies, contains beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that works to fight heart disease and cancer. Raw spinach is also a good source of vitamin C.

Ingredients:

  • Pastry dough (1 layer)
  • Zucchini ( ½ cup)
  • Onion (1 ½ cup)
  • Tomatoes (1 cup)
  • Green/Red pepper (1)
  • Mushrooms (½ cup)
  • Spinach (3 handfuls and chopped if preferred)
  • Cheese (½ cup)
  • Milk (¾ cup)
  • Eggs (6)
  • Salt (½tbsp)
  • Olive Oil (1tbsp)
  • Paprika (½ tbsp)
  • Black Pepper (½ tbsp)
  • Baking powder (½ tbsp)
  • Flour (3 tbsp)

Little chef prep work: Measure all the ingredients and prepare the oven dish with the pastry dough.

Cooking instructions:

  • While you are mixing the ingredients for the Quiche, prepare your oven. Preheat it to 320 F degrees.
  • In a large pan add the olive oil, onions, red pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini and sauté all the vegetables until the onion has become transduced and the mushroom is cooked, this will take about 5 minutes. Then put them aside.
  • Take a large bowl and mix the other ingredients, flour, baking powder, eggs, milk, salt, pepper, cheese (or not, depending on your dietary preference). Once you have this mix is time to add the vegetables and combine until everything is mixed perfectly.
  • Now take your pastry dough and place it in your baking dish selection, make sure it is covering all surfaces of the ceramic dish. Once you have done this is time to add the mixture and put it in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes. You will know is ready when a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  • Once out let cool for about 5 minutes and you are ready to serve! Enjoy.

Finally enjoy, as they say in FrenchBon Appetite’ and in GermanMahizeit!’

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