While living in Zurich, Switzerland, I used to buy cheese at a local cheese store. They carried an amazing selection of Swiss cheese and an terribly good cheese fondue mix. Monthly I picked up the “Chäs-Chuchi”, a magazine that promoted Swiss cheese, from there. The following recipe has it’s origin in this magazine. It calls for Sbrinz and Appenzeller cheese. Sbrinz is the Swiss Parmesan and Appenzeller is a very strong cheese, incomparable to anything else. You can buy it in Deli stores in North America or just replace it by any other kind of cheese. I have used aged Gouda and it worked well.
- 3 small to medium zucchini
- 100g Appenzeller cheese, cut in strips.
- 50g Sbrinz cheese (or Parmesan), grated
For the meat loaf
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 old bun, soaked in water, or breadcrumbs
- 1 small onion, chopped.
- 3 twigs of tarragon, minced
- 3 twigs of parsley, minced
- 3-4 celery leaves (a European herb), minced
- 1 tbsp. tomato paste
- salt, pepper, mustard powder, paprika, cayenne pepper.
For the pastry
- 450g (2 rolls) of butter puff pastry
- 1 egg, beaten.
Cut the zucchini lengthwise in quarters. Remove and discard the seeds. Blanch the quarters for 2 minutes (or less) in salt water. Drain well and put on paper towels.
Mix all ingredients for the meat loaf and form a roll.
Unroll the puff pastry sheets and put them together. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Cover a long stripe in the middle of the pastry with half of the zucchini. Put the meat roll on top. Press the cheese strips in the roll and top it with the second half of the zucchini quarters. Close the puff pastry roll using some egg as “glue”. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and transfer the roll upside down onto the sheet. Brush with egg to give it a shiny look and prick a couple of times with a fork. Bake at 375˚F for 30-35 minutes. Serve hot.
I made this broccoli ham quiche yesterday to take along for lunch with my friend Erika. She loves it! I baked it at home, then wrapped it in aluminum foil to let it sit and cool off a bit while I was driving to her house. There we enjoyed it together.
When embarking on this quiche adventure give yourself enough time. If you start from scratch it will take at least 2.5 hours before you can enjoy the fruit of your labour, but it is definitely worth it!
For the dough
- 200 g flour
- 100 g unsalted butter
- one pinch of salt
- 6 tbsp. ice water
- 1 tbsp. cider vinegar
For the topping
- 2 cups broccoli florets, precooked or frozen ones
- 1 cup ham, cubed
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup whipping cream
- salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg
Cut butter over top of the flour and using your fingers mix the butter under the flour until it looks like fine crumbs. Then add the water and the vinegar, quickly mix and form a ball. Chill for one hour. Roll out the dough and fit into a pie pan, prick the bottom with a fork. Line the dough with foil and fill it with pie weights (I use chick peas). Pre-bake it for 10 min. at 400˚F, then remove the foil and the pie weights and bake five more minutes.
While pre-baking the crust mix eggs, cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg then top the crust with the broccoli, the ham and the egg mixture. Bake at 375˚F for 35-40 minutes.
After baking let the quiche rest for about half an hour before serving so the topping is not liquid any more.
I love this combination of sour rhubarb and sweet, ripe strawberries for a pie. Here is a basic pie recipe that my friend Tammy taught me. It replaces part of the butter for the pie crust with cream cheese. I sometimes also use a combination of lard, butter and cream cheese.
for the crust
- 1.5 cup flour
- 0.5 cup cream cheese
- 1 cup butter
for the filling
- 3 cups rhubarb, cubed
- 1 cup strawberries, cubed
- 1-2 tbsp tapioca starch
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- cinnamon or vanilla
Cut butter and the cream cheese over top of the flour and quickly knead under the flour. Form a ball and chill for at least 1 hour.
Mix all ingredients for the fruit filling. Grease a pie pan. Roll out 2/3 of the dough and fit it in the pan, overlapping the rim. Spread the prepared fruit out evenly over the dough then roll out the rest to fit over the top of the fruits. Turn the overlapping dough over the cover. Poke several times with a fork. Then bake for 30 min. at 400˚F.
Tastes great with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Any other fruit filling like apricots, blueberries, prunes or whatever you can think of works well. My latest experiment is apricots and strawberries.
What are your favourite pies?
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