Naked Beet Green Quiche

Naked beet greens quiche

It's almost unbelievable, but summer has finally arrived in the UK! I can't describe how happy and thankful I am. After a couple of weeks of constant rain even P. had started to feel depressed. Our kitchen garden and lawn have been watered deeply and heavily, however I could see they were longing for the sunshine same we were.
When I saw the weather forecast for the past weekend, I knew instantly we wouldn't be staying at home for a moment longer than necessary. On Saturday we decided to take a photo walk to test my new zoom lens. So far I've been exclusively using prime lenses for food shots, however I started to feel the need for a zoom lens for taking pictures outside. I haven't yet fully explored the possibilities of the new lens, but I can already say I like it.

Picking beets
Naked beet greens quiche

On Sunday, we went to a pick your own farm to get some fruits and vegetables which we don't grown in our mini kitchen garden. We picked lots of beets, some spring onions, baby courgettes, baby broccoli and gooseberries. I'm actually eating the gooseberries as I sit here and write this post. They are so sweet and delicious, and bring back so many memories of my childhood.

There was a reason for the huge amount of beets we picked. I'm planning to make beet chutney. I love beets in any form, but I've never tried to make beet chutney yet. If I like it, I will definitely share the recipe here. I also started using beet greens recently. I used to just discard them without realising how delicious they are! To be honest, I didn't know they are edible! Beet greens are very similar to chard leaves or fresh spinach leaves, and can be substituted for each other in many recipes. P. goes crazy for beet greens sauteed with garlic and chilli, seasoned with salt and freshly ground pepper. He doesn't really care too much for spinach though. Beet greens are particularly flavourful and rich in vitamins and minerals. They are wonderful in salads and soups, but they also make a great base for savoury tarts. We love savoury tarts in this house. However, I decided to make a crustless version to save time as we were too hungry. But you can use the recipe together with your favourite tart crust.

Spring onions
chilli pepper
Beet green quiche
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Before I leave you with the recipe, there's someone who wants to say hi! :) Have a wonderful week.

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Naked (crustless) beet green quiche

2tbsp mild olive oil
4 shallots, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 red chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
500g beet greens, stems removed, coarsely chopped
3 slices smoked bacon, cut into small pieces
6 spring onions, finely sliced
4 eggs
150ml sour cream
150ml milk
65g cheddar, grated
pinch of grated nutmeg
salt and freshly ground pepper
grated parmesan

Lightly butter a tart pan and preheat oven to 175°C.

Heat oil in a frying pan, add the shallots and sauté until soft, but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and chili pepper and cook for another minute. Stir in beet greens and cook until they are wilted and soft, for about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl and let cool slightly. Squeeze out any excess liquid. In the same pan, fry the bacon over medium heat until slightly crispy. Add the bacon and spring onions to beet greens and toss well.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, sour cream, milk, cheddar and nut meg. Add the beet green mixture and stir to blend. Transfer to prepared pan. Sprinkle with grated parmesan and bake until eggs are set, for about 30-40 minutes.


16 comments :

  1. What a gorgeous quiche! Beet greens are so delicious.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. There I just learned that a crust less quiche is called naked! Looks Wonderful Sari!

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  3. Funny I had never thought about eating beet greens! (I feel like an idiot!). The naked quiche looks delish Sari.

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  4. I love how that looks totally packed with tasty vegetables. Yum!

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  5. I'd love a slice of this for lunch - never thought of making a naked quiche! Off to UK on Sunday and your pics are adding to my impatience to be there - hold the weather for me.

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  6. This is such a beautiful and delicious looking lunch. Could be wonderful with shredded beet salad!

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  7. Even I am so glad that summer is finally here. It feels really good to feel the warmth of sun though it gets hotter sometimes. Love your pictures and the beet quiche sounds fantastic.

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  8. Looks gorgeous. I'm a huge beet fan too.

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  9. This looks great. i'm a huge fan of beet greens - I could take or leave the roots, but the greens are just phenomenal.

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  10. I love the recipe and the photos, Sari! Especially the picture of the horse is soooooooooooooooooo cuuuuute! :)

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  11. BTW, the last 2 Saturdays we bought beets especially because of their leaves! :) I made salads from it (still haven't used the beets!) but I'll try your recipe this weekend! We love the beet leaves, so delicious and healthy!

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  12. I love your blog and your recipes.... have a good summer !

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  13. Sounds like my kind of a dish. Love the beet carrying shot!:)

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  14. I'm glad summer arrived on the other side of the ocean too. I mean it's been on and of here lately but today at least is a good day! I love your quiche and that last photo of the horse is just brilliant! Can't wait to see your beet chutney!

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  15. Hey? ... Lovely blog! Photographs, dishes, recipes... even radishes and horses!
    Ciao!

    Sabrine

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  16. @Kulsum@JourneyKitchen - Hehe, I'm not sure it's the proper name but I call it so. :)

    @Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul - Thank Peter! I'm still a beet greens newbies! If you had asked me just about a couple of months ago I wouldn't have had an idea that beet greens were edible! :))

    @mycustardpie.com - I hope you enjoyed UK and the weather was good to you!

    @argone - Thank you! You have a wonderful summer too!

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