Cauliflower Crust for Quiche

Cauliflower Crust for QuicheThe first time I heard “cauliflower” and “crust” in the same sentence I cringed. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, so it tends to have a pungent aroma and somewhat bitter flavor. However, it’s also rich in nutrients.

After seeing several recipes for cauliflower pizza crusts, I decided to try to make one for quiche. (I just can’t bring myself to bake pizza without the soft, chewy crust I usually make!) Surprisingly, I was pleased with the results.

Ingredients

  • Approximately 2/3 of a 16 oz. bag of frozen cauliflower
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Allow the cauliflower to thaw (you can steam it or microwave it if you need to speed up this process). Once thawed, wrap the cauliflower in a clean dish towel and squeeze gently to remove excess water. Place the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add the egg, parmesan cheese, salt, and garlic. Process until finely chopped (the mixture should look somewhat like sand).

Gently press the cauliflower dough into a greased 9-inch pie plate. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Cauliflower Crust ready to bake

Cauliflower Crust fresh from oven

Allow the crust to cool completely before filling (it can be refrigerated overnight and filled the next morning). Fill and bake as you would any other quiche. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Quiche baked in Cauliflower Crust - slice removed

Notes

I prepared this crust while my husband was at work so he wouldn’t know it was made of cauliflower. One of our goals this year is to eat a wider variety of vegetables, but this is difficult to do because my husband likes so few of them. I figured it would be very useful if I could camouflage one in a crust.

The verdict? He had no idea there was cauliflower in the crust! The quiche tasted like one prepared with a flour-based crust. I was genuinely surprised at this and I’ll definitely be making it again. If you’d like to see your picky eaters consume more veggies, then consider giving this a try!

 

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Comments

  1. Norma VanMatre says:

    I like vegies … but only on my terms! I tend to believe that vegetables are not food, they are what food eats! This sounds like a great way to include them and camouflage them in such a way as to make them palatable and not to be put off with them on the menu. Awesome!

    • The cauliflower was definitely camouflaged! If my husband would have known there was cauliflower in the quiche, he probably wouldn’t have been willing to eat it. After he tasted it, I told him about the crust and he continued to eat it and even had seconds and leftovers.

  2. Shannon – would you believe I’m eating leftover quiche even as we speak?! Wow! How serendipitous is that! I’m kind of fascinated with this cauliflower idea … will save this post and give it a whirl at some point.

    Have a super day!

  3. oh my, this sounds delicious. I have been cooking a lot with cauliflower lately. We just made buffalo cauliflower for the Super Bowl. I am looking forward to trying this recipe.

  4. Great idea! This looks really good and healthy as well. I’m all for healthy, so this is one idea I need to try. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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  6. I reckon broccoli being similar to cauliflower would also work pretty well.

    • I’ve never tried, but it probably would work. Some quiches have broccoli in them, so those would be a perfect quiche to try out a broccoli crust.

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