Seasonal quiche with chestnuts

I got a little bit excited when I went to the market on Monday because chestnuts were being sold in abundance.  When I see chestnuts being sold I always think of Christmas.  Chestnuts roasted over a fire, served with a little butter is my idea of heaven.  Chestnuts add a creamy sweetness to dishes making a very pleasant addition.

They do require a little bit of effort in their preparation, however it is worth taking the time and effort.   Below is a brief description of how I prepare my chestnuts before using them in a range of other dishes.

Preparation of Chestnuts:

  • Cut the chestnuts in half using a sharp knife (be careful as they can be fairly tough and the knife can slip). Discard any that are discoloured in the middle.
  • Place the chestnuts in a pan of boiling water and a little salt.
  • Bring back up to the up to the boil and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  • Drain the water off and then wash the chestnuts in cold water.
  • With any luck the chestnuts will have popped out of their shells however, if they haven’t, peel the shells off and use a knife to get rid of any of the husk.
  • Place the chestnuts in cold water until you need them.

The recipe below uses a number of seasonal ingredients which means the quiche is packed full of flavour.  The only sadness I had when making the quiche was the colour of the eggs. Sadly our chickens are off-lay as they are moulting at the moment, consequently we had to use shop bought eggs instead, which I always find a little bit disappointing as they are just not the same…

 

Seasonal quiche with chestnuts

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of pre-rolled puff pastry
  • 100g lardons
  • 12-15 chestnuts (prepared as above)
  • ½ a sweet bell pepper (finely sliced)
  • 1 mushroom (diced)
  • 1 baby/small leek (finely sliced)
  • 1tsp thyme
  • 4 eggs
  • 100ml milk
  • 1 heaped tbsp crème fraiche
  • Seasoning
  • hard cheese (for grating over the quiche)

Steps:

1.  Preheat oven to 190C fan.

2.  Place the lardons and thyme in a frying pan with a little oil and cook for 2-3 minutes.

3. Add the leeks, peppers, mushrooms and chestnuts to the pan, stir together and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

4.  Whisk the eggs, milk, crème fraiche and seasoning together in a bowl. 

   

5.  Place the pastry in a flan dish, spoon over the bacon and vegetables, pour over the egg mix, then grate over some cheese.

6.  Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

7.  Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before eating.

 

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