Hash brown crust quiche lorraine
Try hash brown as an alternative to a pastry case for a tasty quiche
why a hash brown crust?
I love pastry, but it’s a high fat treat, and quiche makes such a great everyday lunch/snack or picnic food that I don’t want it to just be for a treat! A hash brown crust is a real winner, as it gives it a similar encasement to pastry, but doesn’t need all of the butter that pastry contains!
There are a few options with a hash-brown crust, regular white potato, or sweet potato. Both make a delicious crust, and both options are syn free on Slimming World. You can also make a crust just by layering up slices of sweet potato, such as in this Asparagus and garlic mushroom quiche with a sweet potato crust:
I have also made a successful and satisfying crust for a quiche using blended oats and sweet potato- Asparagus and bacon quiche with sweet potato & oat crust:
how to make a successful hash brown crust
- Squeezing the moisture from the grated potato will allow for a crispier, less soggy crust. I do this by hand, or by pressing down hard on the potato in a colander using kitchen towel. If you have a food safe muslin you could also use this!
- Rinsing the grated potato in cold water will rinse away the excess starch and allow the potato to crisp up more
- Layering the potato evenly, and using plenty of low calorie cooking spray will allow the potato to form a nice crispy, golden brown crust.
- Use a quiche dish with a solid bottom, a hash brown crust is likely to not be completely watertight and your raw egg could seep out of a loose bottom dish
- Can’t be bothered with the crust? Make a crustless quiche! This is a really popular Slimming World staple and still makes a delicious quiche!
- Try out different fillings and toppings. I find that bacon, mushrooms, sweet potato, onion, ham, courgette and asparagus work really well in quiche- but there are so many exciting potential combinations such as this Tex-Mex quiche!
hash-brown crust quiche lorraine
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Hash brown crust quiche lorraine
- 4 medium sized potatoes I tend to use maris piper
- 6 smoked bacon medallions finely chopped or 150g lean smoked lardons
- 1 onion finely chopped
- salt and pepper
- 4 eggs
- 30 g mature cheddar
- Low calorie cooking spray or spray oil
- Pre-heat oven to 180c. Peel the potatoes, and then grate them into a large pan of cold water. Once they are all grated, rinse them thoroughly under cold water in a colander
- Spray a quiche or pie dish with low calorie cooking spray
- 1 handful at a time, squeeze as much moisture as you can from the shredded potatoes and place into your dish.
- Once you have added in all of the potato, use the palm of your hand to press the potato down firmly and evenly around the dish to form a crust.
- Season with salt and pepper, spray with low-calorie cooking spray (or with spray oil-extra syns if on Slimming World), then pop into the oven to bake for about 30-35 minutes. You want the crust to be golden brown and crispy.
- In the meantime, you can fry the bacon pieces for a couple of minutes, then add in the onion and fry gently until softened. Set aside until the crust is ready.
- In a bowl, beat up the eggs with grated cheese, and salt and pepper
- When the crust is cooked, add in the bacon/onion mix, and then pour over the egg and cheese
- Bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes until golden brown on top.