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Spinach, Mushroom and “Sausage” Quiche

Spinach, Mushroom and “Sausage” Quiche

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Spinach, Mushroom and “Sausage” Quiche Recipe
By Chef Sara

Quiche has endured since the ‘70s because of its great taste, festive appearance (what’s not to love about a savory breakfast in a pie shell?), and its chameleon-like ability to adapt to a variety of delicious seasonings. Better yet, it can easily be made vegan by substituting tofu and cashews for the eggs typically used in this dish, without losing any of the familiar texture. This Spinach, Mushroom and “Sausage” Quiche incarnation – inspired by a recipe by Isa Chandra Moskowitz – is full of spinach, garlicky mushrooms, and vegan sausage. For an easy vegan frittata, skip the pie crust and spread the filling in an oiled 8-inch square baking dish, and bake until firm.

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    One unbaked vegan pie crust, fitted into a 9-inch pie plate

    For the tofu-cashew custard

    ½ cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked in water for 4-8 hours and drained

    1 pound extra-firm tofu, drained and rinsed

    1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

    ½ teaspoon turmeric

    1 tablespoon organic cornstarch

    For the vegetables

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    2 large shallots, finely chopped

    8 ounces cremini mushrooms, tough stems removed, sliced

    3 medium garlic cloves, minced

    1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and water squeezed out

    2 large vegan sausages, crumbled (I used the Apple-Sage Sausages from Field Roast)

    2 teaspoons fresh thyme, leaves only, finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled)

    1 teaspoon salt

    Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Use a fork to prick the unbaked pie crust several times (both on the bottom and the sides), then place on a baking tray and into the preheated. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the crust is partially baked and just starting to brown. Remove from the oven and set aside until needed.

    2

    Meanwhile, make the tofu-cashew custard. Combine the soaked cashews, tofu, nutritional yeast, mustard, turmeric, and cornstarch in the bowl of a food processor, and process until as smooth as possible. Set aside while you prepare the sautéed vegetables.

    3

    Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, then add the oil. When hot, add in the shallots and a pinch of salt, then cook until mostly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in the sliced mushrooms and cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until the mushrooms have released their liquid and are softened. Add in the garlic, then cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes, until fragrant. Stir in the spinach, crumbled sausage, thyme, salt, and pepper, and cook until heated through. Remove from the heat.

    4

    Stir the tofu-cashew custard into the vegetable-sausage mixture, mixing well to make sure everything is well-incorporated. Pour the mixture into the par-baked pie shell, smoothing the top with the back of a spoon or spatula, and use the baking tray to transfer the quiche to the oven.

    5

    Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the custard is set and the crust is golden brown. If the crust browns before the filling is ready, cover the edges with strips of foil to prevent burning. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.

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