This post is the sixth in a series on meals prepared from ingredients purchased from the farmers market (previous post: Farmers Market Meal #5 – Apple Butter and Cream Cheese Pastry). I’m fairly new to the farmers market scene. I’ve always had good intentions about purchasing local foods but never followed through because I felt lost walking through the stands wondering what to buy. I decided to combat this by coming up with a plan. Before going to the market, I research recipe ideas using seasonal ingredients with the objective of creating one easy meal with as many local ingredients as possible. This way, when I get to the market, I have focus. It definitely helps that my favorite market provides a sign up for weekly email updates about participating vendors and seasonal items.
My mother used to make a cottage cheese quiche topped with French fried onion rings. I am not sure where she got the original recipe, but I know she clipped it from a magazine. I decided to recreate it using ingredients from the farmers market. I include the original recipe at the end, but to make it totally from the market, I made a few alterations. Instead of using a pie crust, I made it crust-less by sauteing sliced zucchini and using the slices to line the pie dish. Instead of the French fried onion rings, I caramelized diced onion. I also substituted feta cheese for the Swiss, but this was because I had some on hand from a previous trip to the farmers market and wanted to use it up. I paired the quiche with a tomato and basil salad. (The basil came from a pot on my patio.)
My quiche didn’t look as nice as I hoped (or how I remembered my Mom’s), but what it lacked in presentation, it made up for in taste.
COTTAGE CHEESE QUICHE
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell 2 cups cottage cheese 1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese 2 eggs Small grated onion or chives Salt and pepper 1/2 (3 ounce) can French-fried onion rings, crushed
Position rack in lower third of oven and preheat to 400. Partially bake pie shell until golden, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Reduce temperature to 350. Combine cottage cheese and Swiss cheese, eggs, chives, salt and pepper and beat well. Turn into pie shell. Bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with crushed onion rings. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing into wedges and serving.
AMOUNT: 5 servings