Although quiche is often considered a classical French dish, it actually originated in Germany. It was first made in the medieval kingdom of Lothringen, located in Northeastern France. At that time, Lothringen was under German rule. Later, when this area became a part of France, the French later renamed the town Lorraine. The word ‘quiche’ is derived from the German word ‘kuchen’, meaning cake.
The original ‘quiche Lorraine’ was an open pie with a filling comprising an egg and cream custard. Later, cheese was added to the quiche Lorraine. The original quiche was made with a bread-dough crust.
Quiche became popular in Great Britain sometime after WWII and in the USA during the 1950s. Today, there are many varieties of quiche. Below is a tasty version with a twist–a sweet potato crust, instead of the usual pie-type crust.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil to thickly grease pan
- 1 large sweet potato
- 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 zucchini –shredded
- 6 large eggs or any egg replacement
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with coconut oil and set aside.
- Peel and thinly slice the sweet potato, using a mandolin or food processor. Place the sweet potato slices at the bottom of the baking dish, making sure that they overlap to completely cover the bottom. They will shrink slightly during cooking, so allow room for this while overlapping.
- Bake for 20 minutes, until the sweet potato is soft and starting to brown. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 325⁰ F.
- In a frying pan coated with oil, cook the shredded zucchini with the spices, salt and pepper on high heat until almost done.
- Spread the shredded zucchini with spices over the crust, then add the shredded cheese as a topping.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs, then blend well with the coconut milk. Pour the egg mixture over the crust.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until the eggs are just set. Let stand 10 minutes to cool, then serve.