29 September 2018

Quiche aux tomates et à la moutarde

It had been a while since we'd made a quiche. I had just bought eggs, so we had plenty. And we had cream and cheese. So we were set. We also had a lot of little fleshy, not-too-juicy tomatoes. Here's the result.

It's surprising how good Dijon mustard is when cooked with tomatoes. It's not that you really taste the mustard when you eat it this way, brushed on the pie crust before you fill it with the other quiche ingredients. But it perks the whole thing up. For more taste, sprinkle some herbs on top of the mustard. We used dried thyme and oregano —plus fresh rosemary, which was especially good.

After brushing mustard over the bottom of a blind-baked (pre-cooked) pie crust, fill up the pie shell with tomatoes. If the tomatoes are very juicy, it might be better to remove the seeds and pulp, keeping just the firm parts of the fruit. I just had to cut these little tomatoes in half, trimming off the stem and blossom ends.

The quiche appareil ("apparatus" or custard mixture) is three or four eggs beaten with about 20 milliliters (six or seven fluid ounces, so less than a U.S. cup) of heavy cream and flavored with a handful of grated cheese (as much as you like). The amounts you need depend on the size and depth of the pie shell you're using. Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper, and season the custard mixture with salt, pepper, and just a pinch of grated nutmeg.

Alongside the mustard-flavored tomato quiche, we had some braised kale (Red Russian) from the garden. The recipe for the quiche is below — sorry the amounts are sort of vague — along with a photo of the little tomatoes we harvested this summer from a plant that was a volunteer from the 2017 garden. We've saved some seeds from them to plant next year, because they're so good.
Quiche aux tomates
1 pie shell 
tomatoes to fill the shell
Dijon mustard
3 or 4 eggs
6 or 7 fl. oz. heavy cream
Salt, pepper, nutmeg, herbs
Grated cheese (to taste)

Blind-bake the pie crust. Take it out of the oven and let it cool slightly. Then spread mustard over the bottom of the pie shell. Sprinkle some dried fresh herbs (thyme, oregano, rosemary) on top of the mustard.

Cut up enough tomatoes, seeds removed if they seem too watery, to loosely fill the pie shell and add them. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and cream with some salt, pepper, and grated nutmeg (just a pinch). Mix grated cheese into the eggs and cream, or just sprinkle grated cheese on top of the quiche before cooking it.

Bake in a hot oven (200°C, 400ºF) for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown.


  1. That must be extra delicious. I wish I had known this recipe when I was still in Salton City where I had all the amenities to do such a thing, but where tomatoes where just a tad less tasteless than anywhere else in the US.

    1. Cooked tomatoes, even tasteless ones when fresh, develop flavor. Tomates confites are a good way to treat tasteless tomatoes.

  2. I'm having a part de quiche aux tomates as my evening snack right now. It is good.

  3. These look great! Dijon mustard is my favorite condiment, low fat and healthy. Just check the label to avoid sugar (in US versions). Horseradish too.

  4. Tomatoes and mustard, yummy yums. It does perk them right up.
    I just made guacamole using tomatoes from a friend's garden, not looking forward to the end of "real" tomato season.

  5. I made this recipe yesterday - we really enjoyed it! Thanks for the idea!!!


What's on your mind? Qu'avez-vous à me dire ?