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Leek & Mushroom Pie

Leek & Mushroom Pie

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The aroma of freshly baked pies is tantalizing on a cold, windy evening. Here is an extremely simple recipe of Leek and mushroom pie or 'Quiche aux poireaux et champignons'. Why leek and mushrooms ? Autumn being the season for mushrooms, they are readily available everywhere. The soft tastes of mushrooms and leeks blend well with the crustiness of pastry shell. 

 

Leek & Mushroom Pie
 

It can be used as a starter or a main dish. Serves 6.

 
What will you need:

  • 3 cups chopped Leek¬†
  • 2 cups chopped button mushrooms blanched Green peas
  • 1 medium sized chopped Onions (optional)
  • 3 eggs/ replacement of eggs*
  • Fresh cream- 3 tablespoons
  • Vegetable Oil for frying
  • Salt to taste
  • Provincial herbs (oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil etc.)
  • Cheese- grated/ chunks of bleu cheese (optional)¬†
  • 1unbaked pastry shell (roughly 24 cms in diameter)

 

Directions to follow:

  • Spread the unbaked pastry shell in a mould. Pick it with a fork in various places. Replace in the refrigerator 15 minutes before baking.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan.
  • Add chopped onions. Shallow fry till golden brown.
  • Add leek and fry for 3 minutes till soft and transluscent.
  • Add chopped mushrooms and leave for about 2 minutes. Stir from time to time.
  • Allow the vegetable juices to evaporate.
  • Beat the eggs.
  • Add the vegetables and fresh cream.
  • Sprinkle the salt and herbs. Mix well.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 210¬į C
  • Add the vegetable mixture to the pastry shell. Add the cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

 

Trivia:

  • * Egg replacement can be effectively done by the use of Silken Tofu (available in specialized or Chinese stores). One can also use soya yogurt/ tomato puree/ cornflour mixed with water/ mashed potatoes/ moistened bread crumbs as a binding agent instead of eggs. Another suggestion is the use of mashed banana (for desserts alone) where banana won't stand out strangely for its taste. Half a mashed banana is equivalent to one egg.**
  • I like to add bleu cheese for its unique taste which some people may find strong. I have routinely used chunks of just about any available cheese and it works well.¬†¬†

 

 

Leek & Mushroom Pie

 

 

French Equivalents:

 

English

French

Leeks

Button Mushrooms

Onions

Eggs

Fresh cream

Vegetable Oil

Salt

Provincial herbs

Cheese

Pastry Shell

Poireaux

Champignons de Paris

Oignons

Oeufs

Crème fraiche

Huile végétale

du Sel

Herbes de provence

Fromage

P√Ęte feuillet√©

Chop

Stir

Stir fry

Bake

couper

remuer

faire revenir 

cuire au four

Silken Tofu

Soya yogurt

Tomato Puree

Cornflour mixed with water

Mashed potatoes

Moistened bread crumbs

Mashed banana

Tofu Soyeux

Yaourt au Soja

purée de tomates

ma√ģzena

purée de pomme de terre

chapelure 

compote de banane

 

Bon Appetit! 

 

**Editor's note: Thanks to Franck for his ideas and suggestions on replacement of eggs.