Smoked Salmon & Fennel Quiche

IMG_8798-001Quiche is my go-to supper dish, after I’ve staged a lightning raid on the fridge/freezer/store cupboard. Here’s one that provided a refuge for the last bits of our Christmas smoked salmon and a couple of lonely fennel bulbs lurking in the veggie drawer. Most people think cheese is obligatory in quiche; it isn’t (even in quiche Lorraine). Here it would definitely be de trop.

Serves 4-6
1 x 230g ready-rolled round of puff pastry
2 small fennel bulbs, about 400g before trimming
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and white pepper
4 eggs
200ml crème fraiche
200ml milk
Optional: some chopped dill
200g smoked salmon, finely diced

  • Unravel the pastry, settle it into a lightly buttered 26cm quiche tin, poke a few holes in it with a skewer or fork (to stop it puffing up when baking) and chill till needed
  • Trim away the root ends and any manky bits from the stems of the fennel, cut the bulbs in half, lay them face down on the board, slice them and cut the slices in smallish diceIMG_8796-001
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and sweat the fennel gently, seasoning lightly with salt and white pepper, till just tender – about 10 minutes
  • Mix or blend together the eggs, crème fraiche, milk, optional dill and salt and pepper to taste
  • If not ready to bake immediately, refrigerate the eggy mixture
  • Heat the oven to 200 C
  • Scatter the smoked salmon and fennel in the bottom of the pastry case, pour in the filling and bake for about 45 minutes or until the top is golden and glistening, and the filling nicely risen
  • Serve with salad

2 thoughts on “Smoked Salmon & Fennel Quiche

  1. Hello my friend, Happy New Year 2014. I just love salmon quiche, and as luck would have it, it’s my husbands favourite.
    I will certainly try this recipe! Any chance of a lamb workshop before Easter? Look forward to hearing from you.

    Florence…

    1. Hi Florence – great that you both love salmon quiche in your household! Lamb workshop for Easter what a GREAT idea, let’s work on it – do you have others who might join you? Any dates in mind? let me know and we’ll see what we can organise…were you thinking something like boning out a leg/shoulder? Lamb done a couple of different ways with spring veggies, plus an Easter cake/dessert and a few other things to make a menu?

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