Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Crabmeat Quiche

A crab quiche with a creamy Swiss cheese filling, simply seasoned to allow the sweet lump blue crabmeat to shine.
A crab quiche with a creamy Swiss cheese filling, simply seasoned to allow the sweet lump blue crabmeat to shine.

Crabmeat Quiche

I was in the mood for a quiche today and just so happened to have pouches of crab in the freezer. Nothing better than fresh lump crab for sure, and that's what I use the most, but I like cooking on the fly sometimes straight out of the pantry, so I always try to keep a couple of these pouches around.

They freeze well, are perfect for this very reason and they work much better than canned crab in many recipes, including this quiche, although if you can't find containers of crab in the fresh or frozen seafood section of your store, shelf stable canned is fine to use too - just drain it well.

I start my quiche with a prebaked pie crust. It is difficult to retain a crispy crust on a quiche, but precooking it slightly helps to keep it from going all out full soggy on you. Use a homemade crust or buy one from the refrigerator section of your local grocery market. I recommend Pillsbury brand over store brands, since it is more consistent in quality.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place cold pie crust in a standard, ungreased pie plate and flute the edges. Precook the unfilled crust in the lower part of the oven for about 10 minutes or until light golden. Remove and let cool slightly. 

Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Meanwhile, drain the crab, pick through to remove any shell and set aside. I like using a blacklight flashlight to easily highlight the shell.

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the green onion and cook just until soft. Add the wine or broth; bring to a boil. Add crab and toss gently to coat, remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Whisk together the eggs, half and half, tomato paste and seasonings; add the crab mixture and very lightly combine. Pour into pre-baked pie shell. 

If you have to open a new can of tomato paste for this, be sure to check out my tip for storing the rest of the can. The next time you only need a tablespoon, you'll have it! That's actually where mine came from today.

Sprinkle cheese evenly all over the top.

Bake in the upper part of the oven at 375 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes or until puffed up and nicely browned, shielding the outer rim of the pie shell about halfway through to prevent overbrowning, if needed.

Let sit for about 10 minutes to set, slice and serve with chopped tomato and sliced green onion for garnish, if desired.

If you enjoy a good quiche and you are a lover of crab like I am, you will definitely enjoy this. I hope that you give it a try - it really is delicious and just perfect for any meal! Enjoy.

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