Quiche with a Black Quinoa Crust
Heirloom Tomatoes, Spinach, Goat Cheese
The wild, crunchy supergrain of the Andes makes an interesting crust for this tomato, spinach, and goat cheese quiche. Organic Royal Black Quinoa is grown 13,000 feet up on an arid, desolate salt flat in Bolivia.
My gluten-free friends will appreciate quinoa as a replacement for a pastry crust. And everyone can appreciate the nutrition, extra protein, and fiber that quinoa adds to the quiche. For me, I like the unexpected striking black color – even if I have to explain that no, no, it’s not burnt.
Black Quinoa Crust Quiche Recipe
Black Quinoa Crust
- 2/3 c. dry black quinoa
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/4 c. parmesan, grated
- salt and pepper
- butter for greasing
Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Let cool. Mix quinoa with egg, cheese, salt and pepper. Butter a 9″ pie plate. Press quinoa mixture into the pie plate. Use the back of a spoon to press the quinoa all the way up the sides of the pie plate. Blind bake in a 375° oven for about 12 minutes until the quinoa becomes a firm crust. Let cool.
- 1 t. olive oil
- 1/2 onion, thin sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 5 oz. spinach
- salt and pepper
Sauté onion in olive oil until golden. Add garlic and spinach and cook until the spinach wilts and the water evaporates. Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. Let cool.
- 5 large eggs
- 1/2 c. milk
- salt and pepper
Beat eggs with milk, season with salt and pepper.
- heirloom tomato wedges
- 3 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
Spread out the spinach mixture in the quinoa crust. Pour the egg mixture over the spinach. Arrange tomato wedges in the egg mixture. Place crumbled goat cheese between and atop of the tomatoes.
Bake the quiche in a 375° oven for about 35 minutes until the egg mixture is set. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.
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15 thoughts on “Quiche with a Black Quinoa Crust, Heirloom Tomatoes, Spinach, Goat Cheese”
A big tick to todays’ new idea learnt 🙂 ! It may have to be a ‘boring’ ordinary quinoa crust as I have not see the black one here in the country but then have never used the grain as a base. Interesting recipe in layers – no problems with your clear explanations! Love the final appetizing looks . . .
Positively gorgeous – and a clever idea to use quinoa for the crust.