Dairy Free Gluten Free Quiche*

June 15th, 2015 | Posted by Alison Spath in Lunch

*Except it’s not a Quiche, it’s a Frittata.

I planned to make a quiche for a small gathering over the weekend.  I realized later I needed to make a dairy free dish, so I googled, “Dairy Free Quiche Recipe”, and that’s when I remembered that quiche is not really quiche without milk of some sort.  I suppose you could add some non-dairy milk, but what I really was going to make was a frittata.

Spell check keeps trying to tell me “frittata” is not a word.   Stop waving your intimidating squiggly red line at me, Spell Check.  I am certain that I could not, should not, would not make a “Fritter”, but thanks for your not-so-helpful suggestion.

If you, like Spell Check, are new to the word “Frittata”, allow me to Add To (your) Dictionary.  It’s basically just a big omelet baked in the oven, and you can leave out milk, cream, half and half, cheese, yogurt, ice cream or whatever other dairy item you might otherwise add to your eggs if you were cooking for someone who can’t or chooses not to eat dairy.

(Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food omelets are my favorite, for the record.**)

**That’s a joke.  I do eat ice cream.  I do eat omelets.  I do not eat ice cream omelets.

Whatever.  Long story short, I wanted to make a quiche, and then settled for a frittata.

A very yummy frittata, if I do say so myself!

Egg Filling Dairy Free Quiche

Especially yummy because I went one step further and swapped out my planned pie crusts for a sweet potato crust, inspired by the Moosewood Cookbook (and an old blog post of mine.)

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Crust

Sweet Potato Crust (is very easy, and very good!)

1 sweet potato, shredded
1 egg, beaten
1 small onion, shredded or finely diced

Preheat oven to 400.  Stir together ingredients.  Lightly grease your pie pan with a little oil and press potato mixture into pan to form a crust.  Bake for 40 minutes.

Frittata Filling***

1 small zucchini
2 diced mushrooms
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 red pepper, finely sliced

6 eggs, beaten

I lightly sauteed these vegetables with little coconut oil in a skillet.  You could add your vegetables directly to your pre-baked crust and then pour in eggs – but on this day I chose to make more dishes for myself and got out two bowls, one for the cooked vegetables, one for the eggs and then combined them before adding them my crust.

***these were the veggies I had on hand, but of course you can use anything you like in an omelet.  I know you know this, but I love using asterisks.****

Egg and Veggie Dairy Free Quiche Filling

**** not really.  ok, maybe a little.

Turn oven down to 350, bake frittata for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Quiche

The sweet potato crust worked out better than I expected, it added a perfect amount of sweetness to a savory dish.  (Like an ice cream omelet, perhaps?)

Simple(ish).  Healthy.  Delicious.  That’s a rap!*****

*****A rap, not a wrap.  Also, a frittata, not a quiche.

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