Jean Stapleton’s Lobster Quiche
1 package prepared pie crust mix
6 frozen South African rock lobster
tails (each weighing 2 ounces)
Boiling salted water
1 cup (4 ounce) grated Swiss or Gruyere cheese
1 tablespoon minced white onion
1 tablespoon butter
4 eggs, well-beaten
2 cups half-and-half or light cream
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Prepare pie crust according to package directions. Roll out on lightly floured board. Make large enough to line bottom and sides of an ungreased 9-inch pie pan. Press pastry lightly against pan sides, allowing about 1/2-inch overhand. Flute edge. Prick with fork. Partially bake in preheated 400 degree F oven about 8 minutes.
Drop frozen rock-lobster tails into boiling, salted water. When water re-boils, boil for 2 minutes. Drain in colander; drench immediately with cold water. Remove underside membrane with scissors or poultry shears and pull out meat in one piece. Slice meat crosswise. Reserve 6 halves sliced lengthwise for garnish. Place remaining meat in bottom of partially baked pie shell. Sprinkle cheese over meat.
Barbara Bush’s Mushroom Quiche
1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 pounds mushrooms, sliced
3 green onions, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
3 shallots, minced
1 3/4 teaspoons oregano
1 3/4 teaspoons basil
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon marjoram
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
3/4 cup skim or whole milk, or half-and-half
Pre-bake the pie shell until golden brown and then glaze with an egg white and/or mustard before filling. Then put pie on top of cookie sheet or baking sheet on lower 1/3 part of oven. This will keep crust from getting soggy.
Position rack in lower 1/3 of oven and preheat to 375 degrees F.
Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Saut
Alfred Hitchcock’s Quiche Lorraine
2 cups pastry flour
1/2 cup butter
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup cold water
2 or 3 slices cooked diced ham
2 onions, sliced
Dash of cayenne pepper
Light grating of nutmeg
2 cups hot milk
Tart Pastry: Work lightly together the pastry flour, butter, egg yolk, a pinch of salt and cold water. Chill the dough for 1 hour, or until needed.
Roll out half the dough to line the pie pan. Prick randomly with the point of knife and crimp the edge with the tines of a fork. Save remaining pastry for another pie.
Filling: Scatter diced ham on the crust.