Food Friday: Caramelised Onion & Blue Cheese Filo Quiche

Posted by Lipglossiping On August - 23 - 2013

My Nan was a pastry queen, all she had to do was look at a packet of flour for it to turn it into the richest, most buttery pastry known to man. I’m genuinely awful with pastry, I can’t leave it alone… I play and mess about with the dough too much until it’s as tough as boot leather. Probably for the best if I’m honest, were I a bonafide pastry queen like my Nan, I’d be at least 4st heavier than I am today. Every cloud and all that…

It’s to this end that I often ditch the pastry cutter and buy ready-made and the one I reach for most frequently is filo. It’s kinder to the waistline than shortcrust and puff… a little can go a surprisingly long way, satisfying that pastry craving without undoing a week’s worth of hard work.

I wanted to make a lighter quiche that would see us through a weekend of can’t be bothered to cook days.  Something that I could slice up and eat cold, enjoying it just as much as I had when it had been warm.  Quiche was the thing!

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The cast of characters:

1 packet of Jus-Rol Filo Sheets
A handful of walnuts
2 whole eggs
3 egg whites (I keep a tetrapak of Two Chicks egg whites from Waitrose in my fridge)
2 large onions, sliced
50g blue cheese, crumbled
1 Tbsp butter, melted (I used Clover because I’m a phoney)
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp natural yoghurt
1 tsp Dijon mustard

Grab a heavy-bottomed pan and add a Tbsp oil, sliced onions, and the brown sugar.  On a medium heat, cook the onions for around 45-minutes until soft, aromatic, and caramelised.  Keep your eye on them and stir frequently, if the heat is too high… they will burn.

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Lightly spray your flan dish with oil and lay your filo sheets into the dish, brush each sheet with a little melted butter before layering additional sheets until the entire dish is covered with a generous overhang at the edges.  You may need to cut your ready-prepared sheets into smaller squares before layering.

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After 45-minutes, your caramelised onions should look something like this…

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Grab a bowl and prepare your filling.  Preheat the oven 190° (180° fan).

Combine the eggs (both whole and whites), yoghurt, walnuts, blue cheese, mustard, and any seasoning you want (I only added black pepper) and mix until well-combined.  Add the caramelised onions into the egg-mixture and continue combining.

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Pour the egg-mixture into the flan dish and gently fold the loose edges over the filling.

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Bake in the centre of the oven for around 25-30 minutes.  The centre of the quiche should be firm, the pastry should be crispy.

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Serve with a side salad… YUM!

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If you have any leftover pastry… no one would blame you for making some little filo tarts!  I just filled mine with some sliced apple, raisins and a tiny squeeze of honey over each filling before pinching together the “tops”.  I used a standard muffin pan to bake them in.  So good!

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Do you have fun with filo?  Have you ever made a filo quiche?  It was much easier than I expected!


3 Responses to “Food Friday: Caramelised Onion & Blue Cheese Filo Quiche”

  1. Emma says:

    yummm! this looks amazing i will have to try
    Emma x
    http://www.emandthem.co.uk

  2. Lois says:

    This looks delicious! Might have to whip this up for the boy & I some time soon. I love that the ingredients are super simple – I’m forever seeing seemingly lish blog recipes but am put off by the long lists of ingredients!

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