The perfect lazy Sunday at my place starts on Saturday night. With the fixings for a homemade pie crust. Mix them up. Roll the dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic. Stick in the fridge. And hit the sack.
Fast forward to Sunday morning. 8am. (While the husband is still…um…sleeping) Wake up. Stumble into the kitchen. Take the dough out of the fridge and prepare yourself for quiche. You all know my (and my husband’s) favorite filling – turkey bacon and cheddar. Much to my husband’s dismay, I recently decided to try something different – a vegetarian quiche with caramelized red onions and radicchio from Melissa Clark’s newest cookbook – In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite.
I approached the recipe with caution as radicchio can be a bit bitter for my taste.
But then I thought what won’t taste good when paired with caramelized onions and a touch of balsamic vinegar. You are going to want to enjoy this onion-radicchio mixture sans the quiche. And Melissa even suggests using only a portion for the quiche filling and using the rest as a quiche topping. I say use a portion as filling and then have the rest as a snack on toast later in the day. It’s like perfectly sweet and bitter and will melt like jam in your mouth.
Whatever you decide to do, don’t pass up on this delectable quiche. I followed Melissa’s recipe this first time (with a couple of tweaks). The next time I make it I will decrease the cream and increase the egg as the recipe below yields a softer (but still tasty) quiche.
As for the remainder of my perfect lazy Sunday – Dress salad greens. Mix mimosas. Eat sitting on floor at coffee table. After eating, relocate to couch. And take a nice lil’ snooze. (And worry about properly digesting when you wake up.)
What’s your perfect lazy Sunday like?
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Caramelized Onion and Radicchio Quiche
1 9-inch pie crust
1/2 cup grated gruyere cheese
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 medium radicchio, halved and thinly sliced (about 8 ounces)
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Press pie crust (homemade or store bought) into a 9-inch pie pan. Line the dough with foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights, rice or dried beans. Bakes for 20 minutes and then remove the pie weights and foil and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes or until crust is lightly golden. Take the crust out of the oven and sprinkle two-thirds of the gruyere cheese on the bottom in an even layer. eturn the crust to the oven and bake for an additional 10-13 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add the onion, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and browned, about 15 minutes. Stir in the radicchio and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring constantly, until the radicchio is very wilted and the mixture forms a jam-like consistency, about 10 minutes Stir in the balsamic vinegar and cook for 1 more minutes.
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, nutmeg and the remaining 3/4 salt and pepper. When the crust is lightly browned and the cheese is melted, sprinkle on half of the onion-radicchio mixture and carefully pour in the egg mixture. Dot the top with pieces of butter and return to the oven to bake for 25-35 minutes, until the top of the quiche is puffed up and golden and the middle is set.
Allow the quiche to cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Serve on its own or topped with the remaining onion-radicchio mixture.