Classic Chèvre and Sorrel Quiche in Butter Pastry

Classic Chèvre and Sorrel Quiche in Butter Pastry

Serves 10

Secret Ingredient: European-Style Butter

Don't let the season stop you! Substitute fresh spinach for the sorrel if it's not in season. To learn how to make this recipe, watch the Secret Ingredient cooking show.

Ingredients: 
  • Pastry
  • 2 cups organic, unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 ounces European-style butter, chilled
  • 4 tablespoons ice water
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Filling
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • pinch of sugar
  • 2 bunches of sorrel, about 2 cups with stems removed
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • pinch fresh grated nutmeg (about 1/4 teaspoon)
  • pinch salt (about 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 4 ounces chèvre (goat) cheese
  • 1/3 cup crème fraîche (1 teaspoon per serving)
  • pinch of cayenne pepper or piment d'espelette
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Method: 

For the pastry, whisk together flour and salt in a large bowl. Mix butter with flour mixture using your thumb and forefingers creating quarter-sized pieces of butter. This will help create a flaky crust. Add just enough ice water so the dough can be formed into a ball.

Place dough on a floured surface and roll into a rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick. Fold each side in so they meet in the middle, creating a "book", then fold one side over the other side. This is called a book fold. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 15 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and repeat the book fold process again. Rewrap dough and refrigerate 15 minutes.

Brush a fluted 10-inch tart pan with melted butter. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thick. Gently place dough in quiche pan, dropping the edges in without stretching the dough. Roll a rolling pin over the top of the pan to remove excess pastry dough. Place pan in freezer for 20 minutes before filling and baking.

For the filling, heat butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add shallots and sugar. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, until golden and caramelized. Add sorrel leaves and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 425°F. Beat eggs and egg yolks with nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl, then whisk in half-and-half. Spread sorrel mixture over the bottom of the quiche crust. Crumble chèvre over the sorrel. Gently ladle the egg and cream mixture into the crust. Bake 35 to 45 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Allow the quiche to rest 10 minutes before serving. Top with crème fraîche and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper or piment d'espelette.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:450 calories (320 from fat), 36g total fat, 22g saturated fat, 195mg cholesterol, 310mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 10g protein
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