Sunday, March 22, 2015

Vegan Quiche with a Hashbrown Crust

This vegan quiche is so easy and delicious. You can vary the veggies.  Some other ideas: spinach, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes...

Crust:
3 medium-large potatoes (3.5 cups grated)
2 Tb melted vegan butter
1/4 tsp salt and pepper

Filling:

1 Tb olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1.5 cups broccoli, diced
1.5 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 red bell pepper, diced (use any color you like)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
12-14 oz block of firm or extra-firm tofu, pressed
1/3 cup vegan cheddar
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
2 Tb water
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried basil and oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder and onion powder
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Heat oven to 450 degrees F and spray pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.  Grate potatoes and put them in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out as much water as you can.  Put in a bowl and add the vegan butter, salt, and pepper.  Toss to mix and press into the pie plate and up the sides in an even layer.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Lower the oven to 400 degrees F. 

Heat the olive oil and saute the onion until translucent.  Add the mushrooms and red pepper and saute for a few minutes until the water comes out of the mushrooms.  Add the broccoli and the garlic and saute a few minutes more.  Don't cook too much because the veggies will continue to cook in the oven. 

Combine tofu, vegan cheddar, nutritional yeast, water, and the rest of the spices in a food processor and blend til smooth.  Mix with the sauteed vegetables and put in the hashbrown crust and smooth the top.  Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.  If the crust is getting too brown tent the quiche with foil.   Let sit for 10 minutes and enjoy!

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