|Pizza Quiche on Whole Wheat Crust|
Eggs can be tricky with G-man, who always claims not to like them until he takes a bite. Lea over at Nourishing Treasures posted a recipe for egg casserole. The photos look divine, and it got me scheming about eggs and cheese. No matter what the food, the most effective way to get G-man to try it is to put it on a pizza. (The Cadet will eat pretty much anything.)
For the crust, I used whole wheat flour for a quick, no-knead dough. When forming the pizza crust, I made it thin with a raised edge to contain the quiche. You could make whatever kind of quiche you want; we enjoyed tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms and cheddar topped with mozzarella. Our kids tore into it, veggies and all!
For one, 14" Pizza:
3/4 cups warm water
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp yeast
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt (Totally optional. We rarely add it to "save" on sodium.)
2 medium tomatoes, diced or 1 can chopped tomatoes, drained
1 green pepper
4 oz mushrooms
4 chicken eggs (or 3 duck eggs)
4 oz grated cheddar
4 oz grated mozzarella
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp oregano
Prepare the pizza dough: Dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water. In a medium bowl, mix the flour and garlic powder. As soon as the yeast is totally dissolved, add it to the flour all at once and stir it in. With a mixing spoon, scrape all of the flour off of the sides and stir it into the forming dough ball. Once all of the flour is in the dough ball, pour a bit of olive oil into to bowl (about a teaspoon) and gently roll the ball in it to coat. Set the ball aside to rest for at least five minutes. Fifteen is better if you have the time.
Preheat the oven to 400F. (Our oven is fast, so we set it to 390F)
Form the crust: Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil onto the center of a cookie sheet. With your hands, smear the oil around the pan, a few inches from the center. Oil on your hands will help quickly make the crust. Place the dough ball in the middle, and press it out into a larger circle, working from the center out, until you have about a fourteen inch circle. Press the circle so it is it uniform with extra at the edge. Fold up and pinch the edge all the way around to make a ridge, three-quarters of an inch deep. Set the crust aside and allow it to rise while you prepare the rest of the pizza.
Prepare the quiche: Either drain a can of unsalted, chopped tomatoes or chop up two medium tomatoes. Slice the green peppers to half-inch cubes, and dice the mushrooms. Crack the eggs into the bowl you used to make your dough. Whisk them then stir in the veggies, grated cheddar, basil and oregano. Pour the mixture into the pizza crust and top it all with mozzarella.
Bake for about 19-20 minutes. If your oven is uneven, turn the pizza after 15 minutes to ensure even browning.
[If you are using canned tomatoes, you can drain them ahead of time and use the juice to make the pizza dough. Yeast does not mind a bit of acidity. Just add enough water to make three-quarters of a cup of liquid total. Warm the juice up before adding the sugar and yeast.]
[Unbleached white flour can also be used. Allow extra time to rest, at least ten minutes, before forming the crust on the pan. Allow it half an hour to rise, if you have the time, before baking.]
I shared this recipe at Meatless Mondays and Make Your Own Monday, Fat Tuesday, and Real Food Wednesday, Healthy 2Day Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, the Ultimate Recipe Swap, and the Friday Vegetarian Potluck, weekly roundups of natural recipes.