Rocket, mushroom & bacon quiche

Rocket, mushroom & bacon quiche

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Cooking time

Prep: 1 hr Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins - 1 hr, 40 mins Plus chilling

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Cuts into 12 slices

Gordon Ramsay's step-by step guide to a making a faultless tart case - right from making your own pastry

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
438
protein
15g
carbs
20g
fat
34g
saturates
17g
fibre
2g
sugar
3g
salt
1.64g

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 125g cold butter, diced
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, to brush the tin
  • 1 egg yolk, to glaze

For the custard

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 200ml crème fraîche
  • 200ml milk
  • small handful tarragon leaves, chopped

For the filling

  • 200g smoked streaky bacon, roughly chopped
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large handful red onion, chopped
  • 2 heads red chicory, shredded
  • 250g flat cap mushrooms, sliced
  • 200g wild rocket
  • 100g Gruyère, grated
  • 100g mature cheddar, grated

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Method

  1. To make the pastry, rub the flour, salt, butter and thyme into fine crumbs. Mix in the beaten egg and 1 tbsp ice-cold water, then draw together to a moist pastry, kneading lightly. Wrap with cling film and chill for at least 20 mins.
  2. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Brush a deep, loose-bottom, 24cm tart tin with oil, then season it. Set a small ball of pastry aside and roll out the rest on a lightly floured surface to a large round, 38-40cm. Lift the pastry into the tin using the rolling pin and press into the sides. Press any cracks together and let the excess overhang.
  3. Use a small ball of pastry to press the tart case into the flutes. Save a little more pastry for later (see Step 3 in the Step by step images). Prick the base lightly with a fork and chill the tart case, preferably in the freezer, for at least 30 mins. Cut out a circle of baking paper larger than the tart, scrunch it up, unravel and press into the case.
  4. Fill the case with baking beans, stand on a baking sheet and bake for 20 mins. Remove the paper and beans and brush with the remaining yolk. Return to the oven for 5 mins, brush again and return for a final 10-15 mins until glazed and golden. Remove from the oven. Turn the oven to 140C/fan 120C/gas 1.
  5. To make the custard, beat together the whole eggs, yolks, crème fraîche, milk and tarragon and season to taste.
  6. For the filling, sauté the bacon in 1 tbsp oil until browned and beginning to crisp, about 5 mins. Add 2 tbsp oil to the pan and sauté the onion and chicory with the bacon, stirring until lightly cooked, about 5 mins. Strain any juices through a sieve, then tip into a big bowl.
  7. Heat 2 more tbsp oil and stir-fry the mushrooms over a high heat for 3-5 mins. Strain and mix into the bowl. Wilt the rocket in same pan over a high heat and leave to cool.
  8. Mix the cheeses and rocket into the custard and whizz with a hand blender until well mixed, then stir in the rest of the filling ingredients.
  9. Put the tart case back into the oven. Leaving the shelf slightly out, ladle as much filling into the case as you can. Try to ladle the solid filling in first, then top up with custard. Push the shelf in and bake for 50 mins-1 hour until the quiche is set in the middle, turning for even baking.
  10. Remove and trim the pastry edge so that it’s in line with the top of the tin. This is easiest with a small, serrated knife. Cool the tart for at least 1 hour before removing from the tin and serving in slices.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2006

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bunnytombs's picture

I made this exactly to the recipe, tasted very nice but probably not worth the effort or the money. I think too many flavours and ingredients didn't complement each other as well as they could. It also took a long time to make, a quiche is normally a quick(ish) casual lunch, I could have made a three course meal in this time. I made it in a rectangle tart tin, would feed 8 for lunch with salad.

eve168's picture
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This is delicious, but I had enough filling left to make another tart, I would reduce the quantites when making again.

muzza01's picture
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This turned out just how the recipe said - Fab

bethanyjoanna99's picture
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Wonderful recipe - the custard was divine. I was a bit slap dash with the pastry so it was not perfect but the varnishing with egg yolk is a great tip to prevent leakage and mushy pastry. Definitely not the simplest of quiches but worth it for flavour. Quiche is so often that bland, anaemic mush at picnics and buffets but this is really worthy of a proper dinner table meal.

bethanyjoanna99's picture
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Wonderful recipe - the custard was divine. I was a bit slap dash with the pastry so it was not perfect but the varnishing with egg yolk is a great tip to prevent leakage and mushy pastry. Definitely not the simplest of quiches but worth it for flavour. Quiche is so often that bland, anaemic mush at picnics and buffets but this is really worthy of a proper dinner table meal.

alexaw's picture

i'm a vegetarian do you think this quiche would tasty without the bacon

EmilyFCh's picture

I substituted sundried tomatoes for bacon and it was just as delicious! The tomatoes give the saltiness and flavour that the bacon otherwise would

louisejbx's picture

My pastry came away from the tin, and didn't seem to crisp up quite enough, all tasty though x

katieburr1's picture
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Lovely flavours, quite a pain to make but worth it, will make again

adelphi10's picture
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Quite time consuming but the result was fantastic!! Went down very well at a family party and have already passed the recipe on.

daughter2's picture

What a lot of work,I think I would make shortcrust pastry next time

bslangen's picture

It is a lot of work, but the taste of the different ingredients combines excellent. Great to serve at a party.

ellen939's picture

I wonder if anyone can tell me what to do about freezing quiche? Or perhaps it lasts a while in the fridge? I had heard if I was going to freeze it I should do so before I put it in the oven, i.e. make it and instead of baking it freeze it. Is this true? Then must I defrost it before cooking it? Thank you. Novice chef at work!!

adeleh's picture

I did it exactly as written. It was the very best quiche I have ever eaten.

thriller's picture
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Well worth the effort plus had fun making it! absolutley gorgeous!

laineyj's picture
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Well worth the effort!! double yum

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