No cheese? No cream or milk? Believe it, because it works: welcome to the dairy-free (and gluten-free) quiche.
This is the perfect quiche to bring to a group event where there may be people with special dietary needs. My friend Sarah (a fabulous cook, by the way) brought this to our women’s ministry brunch a number of months ago, and it’s really delicious. While there’s no cheese, the bacon adds the richness that could have been lost when the cheese got the boot. Plus, as my husband said after eating two generous slices of this, it doesn’t give you the feeling of “I never want to eat again” that a really rich quiche can produce after one hefty serving. Know that feeling? Not the best sensation. In fact, after 3 slices of this quiche for dinner, I was feeling great, light on my feet, and my stomach was a happy place.
The flavor of the coconut milk is definitely present, and while I loved it, my husband was a little wigged out by it. So if you’re one to be wigged out by coconut milk, this may not be the dish for you. But if you’re lactose intolerant, this is such a great alternative to traditional quiche–and I’ll be making it again even though I’m all about the lactose and the gluten. Because it’s tasty, man.
Adapted from this recipe, let’s make it this morning, eh? Eh.
1-15 oz can coconut milk
5 pieces of bacon
1 onion, diced
1/2 bunch of kale or spinach
1/4 cup white wine
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Warm the eggs and coconut milk until they reach room temperature (you can sit them in a warm water bath for 15 minutes to accomplish this).
Dice the bacon and fry it in a large skillet over medium high heat.
While the bacon fries, dice the onion . . .
. . . and chop up the kale or spinach.
Today, it’s kale all the way.
When the bacon is close to being crispy, drain most of the bacon fat out of the skillet . . .
. . . and add the onion.
Fry for 8 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is starting to brown.
Add the kale or spinach . . .
. . . and sauté for about 2 minutes, or until wilted.
Add the wine, and continue to cook until the liquid evaporates (another 3-4 minutes).
Let the bacon and veggies cool down for about 15 minutes (you can spread them out on a plate to speed up this step).
I may have taken a few bites of this and promised myself that I would soon make a bacon/onion/kale sauté that I could simply eat piled over white rice. I recommend that you do the same.
Beat the eggs and coconut milk in a large bowl . . .
(bowl pictured not large enough = transfer to a different bowl)
. . . adding salt and pepper (about ¼ tsp of salt).
Whisk the bacon and veggies into the eggs until they are well suspended in the egg mixture. Grease an 8×8 glass dish or a pie pan with coconut oil or cooking spray, and pour in the egg mixture.
Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the center has solidified.
Remove the quiche from the oven and let it sit for about 15 minutes so that the eggs set.
Oh my word. How I love this quiche. How I love the kale within . . .
. . . and the bacon within.
It’s a winner!
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