This is a versatile pastry-free quiche that works well with different vegetables and cheeses. Keep the potato as a constant, but try grated carrots or thinly sliced leeks in place of zucchini. Replace the emmentaler with gouda or cheddar cheese.
Lynn Lewis and Joachim Wahnschaffe
60 ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
200 g waxy potatoes
2 firm zucchini
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
20 g (1/3 cup) finely chopped parsley
2 teaspoons each of finely chopped fresh marjoram, lemon thyme and thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons cornflour
2 tablespoons sour cream
40 g (1/3 cup) grated emmentaler cheese
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons ground hazelnuts
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Use a 24cm ceramic fluted quiche dish; grease the dish. Preheat oven to 210°C. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan. Sauté the onion and garlic and cook until they are both transparent. Remove from heat and let mixture cool.
Peel potatoes and grate finely. Discard ends of zucchini, grate the flesh coarsely. Combine onion mixture, grated vegetables and the lemon zest in a bowl. Add chopped herbs and dried oregano.
Stir the eggs, cornflour, 1 tbsp olive oil, the sour cream and cheese into the vegetable mixture. Season well with salt and pepper.
Pour vegetable mixture into the flan dish; smooth top. Sprinkle with Parmesan and hazelnuts. Bake for 35 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm.
The quiche will be especially light if you separate the eggs and mix in the egg yolks first. Beat egg whites until stiff; carefully fold into the vegetable mixture, using a whisk.
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For Potato and Zucchini Tart with Bacon, cut 175 g (6 oz) bacon into thin strips; fry until crisp. Add the onion and garlic and cook until transparent. Prepare mixture as for the main recipe, adding the bacon and onion mixture. Line dish with about 115 g (4 oz) bacon slices, then pour over vegetable mixture. Bake as for main recipe. Note: Use very little salt as the bacon is quite salty.