Recipe by Melissa Richter Ayers
"An excellent tofu quiche. You would never know it did not have eggs."
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1 (9 inch)
unbaked 9 inch pie crust
spinach, rinsed and chopped
red Swiss chard, rinsed and chopped
ground black pepper
oyster mushrooms, chopped
1 (12 ounce) package
firm tofu, cubed
grated Parmesan cheese
shredded Cheddar cheese
WOW -- OK, when I first made this, I was NOT impressed (consistency was weird and I thought it needed eggs)... BUT a day later and reheated, it's TO DIE FOR. I left out the capers because I don't like them, and added just a tad bit more milk to the blender to make the tofu mixture a bit more creamy. Oh, and I didn't brown the crust first... just thawed it from frozen. And, I didn't steam the greens first. I didn't understand this extra step anyway. Just add to the onion/garlic mixture when called for. ;)
I made this quiche last night and I must admit I was extremely disappointed by the results. I followed the recipe fairly closely but I'm willing to give three stars instead of two as the benefit of a doubt. The reviewer below who says the consistency is more like pumpkin pie is on the right track; for me, it was more like vegetable dip, though.
The biggest issue for me was the seasoning; I HIGHLY suggest using no more than the amount of curry the recipe calls for if you're not specifically using MILD curry, as I followed those suggestions and ended up with a quiche that smelled Indian. I would just as soon eat a normal, egg-based quiche.
Also, you'll probably have to steam the spinach and chard separately because when uncooked they take up a MASSIVE amount of space.
I had recently purchased a 1 lb. bag of cleaned/chopped chard from Trader Joe's and then went searching for a good recipe. So glad I found this one! I made it last night and it's very good! What makes it even better is knowing how nutritious it is. I'm glad I read about the need for 2 pie shells because mine yielded exactly that. I used all the chard and no spinach. I also purchased the healthier pie shells...no trans fat and all natural ingredients. I added a little more parmesan and cheddar and didn't add capers and cardamom. I also added some sliced red peppers and sauteeed them with the onions and added can of drained/rinsed mushrooms. Next time, I will incorporate most of the cheddar into the mixture and sprinkle less on top. This recipe is definitely a keeper and is good served with a salad. Thank you, Melissa!
I made mine with a wheatgerm spinach crust and it was great. I think saying "you can't tell it's made with tofu" is an exaggeration, but not much of one.
Should not be called a quiche. Interested substitutions, but it is completely different in taste and texture. The spices also are a throw off. For one, anyone who cooks Indian will not get the curry ingredients. Curry is not one thing, but many, so that already alters the recipe. And with the addition of the other spices which can already appear in curries it becomes confusing.
I thought it was a great recipe for trying out tofu, but will probably use eggs next time. I left out the capers and used regular mushrooms and everything was great! I will absolutely make this again. It is easy to add and remove ingredients and still have an excellent dish.
I left out the red chard b/c I couldn't find it in the grocery store... added extra spinach and mushrooms instead, along with 5 or 6 leaves of chopped fresh basil. Next time, would use a homemade crust and mix the cheese (used swiss instead of cheddar - personal preference)in instead of sprinkling it on top at the end. Still, very good, and as a new veggie, a great way to experiment with tofu.
I thought this recipe was delicious, but my husband said it tasted like a veggie filled pumpkin pie. The consistency was certainly closer to pumpkin pie than quiche. Next time I may try it with eggs instead of tofu and maybe omit the cinnamon and nutmeg for his sake, but for me it was yummy!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Spinach and Red Chard Quiche
Serving Size: 1/5 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 249
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