Soppressata is a type of salami, so you could really use any salami that you preferred. I like to buy mine through Applegate Farms. Either way the richness of the salami more than makes up for the lack of cheese in this quiche recipe. If dairy is not an issue for you, a cup of shredded provolone cheese would add a measure of greatness to this dish. Just don't be leaving me any comments about how great yours was with cheese. It just might make me cry...how I miss my cheese!
Soppressata, Caramelized Onion and Green Olive
Quiche with an Almond Crust
3/4 cup coconut milk (or other milk of your choice, dairy or non-dairy)
1/4 pound Soppressata salami (Applegate Farms is great)
2-3 Tbls chopped basil
1 medium sized onion
1/2 Tbls coconut oil or olive oil (ghee or organic butter)
1 medium sized tomato
6 green onions
1/2 cup green olives
4 large garlic cloves
1/2 tsp coarse ground black peppercorns
1/2 tsp coarse ground sea salt
Almond flour crust
(modified form Elana's Pantry Almond Flour Crust)
3 cups almond blanched flour
1/2 cup coconut oil or olive oil (ghee or organic butter)
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbls fresh oregano finely chopped (optional)
A little water if needed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
For the crust:
First make the crust by putting all the crust ingredients together in a medium sized bowl, mixing till combined. If needed add enough water to make a nice dough that can be easily pressed into a pan.
This should make enough dough to fill 1 large 9x13 casserole dish or large quiche pan.
Press the dough into the pre-greased pan. Continue to work the dough until it is even throughout the pan. The crust might only come halfway up the up walls of your casserole dish depending on it's depth.
Bake the crust at 350 degrees for about twenty minuets. Don't let it get too brown though because it will brown some more when you cook the egg mixture in it. Let it cool while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
For the quiche:
In a large bowl beat together the eggs, milk, black pepper, chopped basil and salt. Set aside, I like my egg mixtures at room temp. before I bake them.
Thinly slice onions. Cook them with the oil in a pan over medium heat till caramel colored. You can also cook them dry in a pan with no oil, tastes great!
While the onions are cooking cut the tomato in half, thinly slicing half of it to place on top of the quiche. Dice the other half. Set aside to put in the egg mixture. Don't forget to keep checking and stirring the onions.
Slice the olives set aside.
Keep a few slices of the soppressata to put on top of the quiche, then dice rest into small pieces. Set aside to put in the egg mixture.
Slice the green onions into long thin narrow strips then finely dice the garlic cloves. When the onions are done frying, fry the garlic in the leftover oil on medium heat till crispy then fry the green onion strips.
Now that all your prep work is done: Add the diced salami, half the caramelized onions, diced tomato, sliced olives, and half of the fried garlic pieces to the egg mixture.
Pour all of it into the prepared crust and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minuets then carefully remove from the oven and randomly place the sliced tomatoes, slices of soppressata, remaining garlic pieces, caramelized onions and very last the fried thin green onion slices onto the quiche. Return to the oven and continue to bake until just firm (no liquid egg at the center). About another 15 min.
If the crust starts to burn you may want to cover with foil for the last few minuets of cooking.
Let the Quiche cool a bit before serving. Almond flour crusts tend to come out better when they have had time to "rest".