Blue Ribbon Tomato Quiche



This recipe was on the front cover of the   "Taste of Home Summer's Best Recipes".  We enjoyed it for lunch, using our garden tomatoes, basil and onions.  The only thing I would change about this recipe is the method; I would combine all the filling ingredients and pour them into the crust instead of layering them, so more of the tomatoes would be distributed throughout the filling.
Don’t worry if your crust puffs up a little while prebaking it – just press it down carefully when you take it out of the oven, if it doesn’t fall back down by itself.  Remember not to stretch your crust when you put it in the pan to prevent shrinkage.  I usually push the crust down into the pie plate before finishing the edges, to make sure I haven’t stretched it.
I covered the edge of the pie crust with a pie crust shield the first 10 minutes in the oven after filling to keep it from getting too brown.
Blue Ribbon Tomato Quiche
                        Pastry Dough
     3/4     Cup  Flour, All-purpose
     1/2     Cup  Cornmeal
     1/2     Teaspoon  Salt
     1/8     Teaspoon  Pepper
     1/3     Cup  Shortening
  4            Tablespoons  Cold Water -- -5 tablespoons
                        Filling
  2            Cups  Plum Tomato -- chopped (well drained)
  1           Teaspoon  Salt
     1/2     Teaspoon  Dried Basil
     1/8     Teaspoon  Pepper
     1/2     Cup  Green Onion -- chopped
     1/2     Cup  Cheddar Cheese -- shredded
     1/2     Cup  Swiss Cheese -- shelled
  2            Tablespoons  Flour, All-purpose
  2            Large  Egg
  1            Cup  Evaporated Milk

In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients.  Cut in shortening until crumbly (about the size of peas), add water, tossing with a form until the dough forms a ball.  Refrigerate 30 minutes.
On a lightly flour surface, roll out dough to fit a 9" pie plate; transfer pastry to plate, finish edges.  Bake at 375° for 10 minutes.  Cool completely.
Place tomatoes in the crust; sprinkle with salt, basil, pepper, onions and cheese.  In a small bowl, whisk the flour, eggs and milk until smooth.  Pour over filling.
Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.  Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.  Refrigerate leftovers.
6-8 servings.
2012 cost:  $2.18 with garden tomatoes and basil

1 comment:

  1. Well here I am, almost lunch time and you all wave this delicious concoction under my hungry nose. All I can say is pass the forks and I'd like that big slice over there please! Any iced tea?

    Thanks again for a winner at just the right time. Fresh tomatoes and fresh basil galore are in the beginnings here and this is for sure going to be on our table soon.

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