June 24, 2011

Whats for Dinna' ? - (Leftovers) The Cous Cous Veggie Quiche

Usually when I ask Slim what he wants for dinner his response is "Whatevea's easy for dinna'" (in his cute Aussie accent).  This is especially true after a really stressful day or week - his exams were this week so dinner definitely fell in that category. 

Searching for "Whatevea's easy" inspiration I found it in a Tupperware container of leftover Couscous, some onions and mushrooms, and a great recipe from Cafe Cyan .  I had to alter some of the items because funny things happen at the market when you are across the pond looking for specific ingredients.

First - the original recipe - that was linked from Janet is Hungry's Blog:

Onion and Wild Garlic Quiche with Parmesan in a Couscous Crust

2 cups leftover Couscous
1 tbsp butter
2 cups thinly sliced onion
25 bulbs wild garlic (or 2-5 blubs of minced regular garlic)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup Mozzarella
1/2 cup Parmesan
4 slices tomato
salt and pepper
1. Mix 1 tbsp butter with leftover Couscous
2. Dump the couscous into an 8" pie plate. Press it down and up the sides of the dish.
3. Saute the onion and garlic in a little olive oil
4. Spoon onions and garlic into the couscous crust.
5. Mix together the milk, eggs, Dijon, 1/4 of the Parsmesan, and salt and pepper. Pour over the pie.
6. Top with tomato slices, then remaining Parmesan, Mozzarella and cilantro.  
7. Bake at 350F for about 45 minutes, or until set and the edges have started to brown. 

Shera's Alterations:
 - Size of Pie Pan:  I have no idea how big our pie plate is, I hate doing conversions into metric from english so I couldn't tell ya - but it worked regardless (so a bigger pan just = a little thinner crust, add extra couscous and butter if you want a thicker crust with your bigger pan)

-Veggies Used:  I don't know what wild garlic looks like and I have no idea what the term in Dutch is for wild garlic so I opted for the good old regular garlic and used 5 blubs crushed.  We also added Spinach, Mushrooms and Peppers.  Why you ask? They were sitting all lonely in our refrigerator and I try to sneak in veggies to Slims belly at any opportunity.  It was really delicious and if you need some meat I bet after sauteing separately you could add it in as well!

I also added more tomatoes on top - we covered the whole quiche

- Cheese Used - I have no idea what kind of cheese I used.  I will tell you the one for the egg mix-in was shredded and the label said "oud".  I know this means old and hard - kind of like Parmesan - so I thought what the heck and threw it in to the egg addition.  I added some other softer cheese for the final topping.
 So be creative, use whatever you have lying in your drawers and is hard (like parm) and soft (like mozzarella) it will probably work.   Especially if you can't read the label of the cheese you are using.

- Seasonings - I love gharrrlic.  So I added some garlic powder to the eggs.  I also added seasoned salt (just a little bit) and cayenne powder.  Get wild with your seasonings - whatever suits your fancy.

The couscous is a great healthy alternative to a flour dough crust and is surprisingly super delicious!

Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner this meal its full of protein, calcium, and veggie nutrients - but it is rich in butter, milk and cheese so portion it out to enjoy.  Pair it with a salad for a dinner so you balance out the cheesiness!  It's even microwaves well and is tasty as leftover leftovers the next day.

Dang That's Good Grade: 4 out of 5
Bon Appetit!


Megan said...

yes...i could eat this whollllle thing. in one sitting.

KY said...

YUM!! that looks delicious!! I have some extra cous cous kicking around, maybe that is what I'll make myself for dinner tonight!! Thanks for sharing!! xox

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