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Saturday, 1 October 2011

Butternut Squash, Feta Cheese and Roasted Pepper Quiche

Last Sunday my friend came over for lunch.  I thought that some kind of quiche or flan with salad would be ideal.  I had already bought the butternut squash, so went off in search of a recipe that would incorporate this.

In the end my recipe is a kind of combination of a couple of different recipes.  Some of the butternut squash flans were made by pureeing or squishing the squash! A bit like pumpkin pie, no texture, yuk!

My shortcrust pastry comes, as usual, from the Avoca Cookbook I have blogged it before HERE  

I blind baked the pastry case and then made the filling as follows:

1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 onion sliced
dessert spoon of brown sugar
olive oil
jar of roasted peppers, drained
pack of feta cheese
3 eggs
2 egg yolks
250ml single cream
salt & freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oven to 200C, put the butternut squash and two tablespoons of olive oil in a roasting tray and roast until soft and golden brown.
Gently fry the onion in a little olive oil until soft, add the brown sugar and let it caramelise.

Take the blind baked pastry case, put the caramelised onions in the base, add the roasted butternut squash, chopped feta cheese and roasted peppers.

Beat the eggs, egg yolks, cream and seasoning together.  Pour into the pastry case.  

Turn down the heat in the oven to 180C and bake for about 40 minutes or until the egg is set.

Serve warm or cold with salad.

It was very nice, lots of texture and flavour, the saltiness of the feta went very well with the sweet squash and peppers.  The only thing that bugged me was that the filling leaked out of the bottom of the tin, something that hasn't happened to me for years!  Fortunately, I managed to get it out of the tin without too much trouble.

I am also entering this in the October 'No Croutons Required' challenge over at Tinned Tomatoes, the theme is 'squash' and I'm hoping that this counts as 'salad'.

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At 1 October 2011 at 23:11 , Blogger Brownieville Girl said...

I love the Avoca books too - great food (actually I love their cafes too!!)

I imagine that this quiche would be delicious - and perfect for this miserable weather.

At 2 October 2011 at 07:01 , Blogger Unknown said...

Oh the quiche looks divine. I love the combo of vegetables. A lovely light recipe too!

At 2 October 2011 at 09:02 , Blogger Chele said...

That is a great looking quiche and certainly has plenty of texture. I would happily tuck into a slice of this for dinner.

At 2 October 2011 at 13:53 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

THAT Janice, is DIVINE! I love tarts/quiches like this and it has all my favourite ingredients in it!
Great photo too......must enter that event this month, as I love squash.

At 2 October 2011 at 18:27 , Blogger Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Oh my goodness. I want a slice now!!!!

I am so glad you entered it too. Salad and quiche are one really aren't they? When you think quiche, you think salad.

Have you emialed it to me so I don't miss it when I do the roundup?

At 2 October 2011 at 21:45 , Blogger Anne said...

Oooh it looks gorgeous! Love the combination of all those delicious ingredients!

At 2 October 2011 at 22:05 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

oooh, it looks delicious!

At 3 October 2011 at 10:09 , Blogger MeLikeyUK said...

Janice, I remember you talking about this on Twitter but it looks AMAZING!
I've never tried feta in a quiche before but I imagine it works really well with the peppers!

At 3 October 2011 at 10:22 , Blogger Beth (jamandcream) said...

One word- YUM!!! My kind of quiche

At 10 October 2011 at 16:43 , Anonymous Getting a Restaurant Job said...

It looks delicious thanks for sharing this to us :)

At 11 October 2011 at 19:55 , Blogger Hannah said...

This looks really great. I was just saying today that I love how versatile squash can be.


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