Pesto Quiche with Oatmeal Crust

>> Thursday, January 20, 2011

More pesto deliciousness this week -- as if Basil Pesto French Toast wasn't enough. This time, in a dinner recipe (though I also ate it cold for breakfast this morning).

This recipe was inspired by our Christmas spa trip. Breakfast came with our room each morning -- and the first day, I ate an egg white quiche in an oatmeal crust. Divine! The meal definitely left an impression with me.

(Adapted from the

What you'll need . . .

For the crust:
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons Earth Balance or butter
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk or cow's milk
For the filling:
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons milk or almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • Ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 heaping tablespoon grainy mustard
  • Half a large onion, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 2/3 cup Swiss cheese, shredded

Method . . . 
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch pie dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together the oats, flour, and salt. Three pulses should do it.
  3. Then cut in the butter (just cut it into smaller pieces) and pulse until it gets crumbly (maybe 10 times).
  4. Add in the milk. Pulse until it is well combined and forms a ball. About 10 pulses.
  5. Then take this dough ball and place between two sheets of wax paper. Roll with a rolling pin until it is about 10 inches in diameter. Then place it in your prepared pie dish. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, heat a pan over medium-high heat and put a little olive oil in it. Cook your onions and peppers until they are soft and lightly browned. About 8-10 minutes.
  7. By now your pie shell should be done. Set it aside and lower the oven temp to 350 degrees F.
  8. Whisk together your eggs, egg whites, milk, pesto, pepper, and mustard.
  9. Then sprinkle your cheese over the pie crust. Distribute the onions/green peppers over that layer. And pour your egg mixture over that.
  10. Bake for 35 minutes -- until set and lightly browned.

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