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Mushroom Quiche (Courtesy from Picnic Idea)

This picnic food is easy to make and is very nutritious. In French cuisine it is called quiche and in Italian it is known as frittata. The main ingredients are eggs, the rest (not less important) are mushrooms, veggies, cheese, and spices. You can add to it bacon or sausage cubes or chicken fillet to your taste.

Preparation and cooking takes about half an hour; yields: 4.


3 tablespoons olive oil (extra-virgin)

8 oz thinly sliced mushrooms (assorted)

1 fresh mild chile pepper (large)

1 cup chopped spring onions (or 0.5 cup chopped chives)

6 free-range eggs (large)

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro (chopped)

0.5 teaspoon of ground cumin

1/3 cup crumbled feta

Seasoning: salt and black pepper

Note: steam the chile then seed and finely slice it.


Have the oven preheated to 400F (200C, Gas Mark 6). Place a saucepan (or deep frying pan) over medium-high heat, pour the olive oil, allow to heat. Add sliced mushrooms; sauté for several minutes till softened. Add chopped mild chile and continue to cook for 4-5 mins till turned slightly brown. When done add spring onions, sprinkle with pepper and salt to taste; set aside.

Crack the eggs into a bowl, whisk well. Add cumin and chopped cilantro, sprinkle with seasoning (salt and pepper). Return the saucepan (or a frying pan) over medium heat and then drizzle the whisked and seasoned eggs over the mushrooms, stir to incorporate well. Evenly dust on top the feta flakes. Pan-fry for a couple of minutes till cooked at the bottom. Place the pan into the oven for another 8-10 mins till eggs cook through. When done set aside for a while.

Using a spatula carefully transfer the mushroom quiche from the pan onto a warm platter.

Tip: If you are for a more spiced picnic food add hot chile, basil, oregano, tomatoes, onion, peppercorns, and bell pepper. Also you may experiment with adding ham or sausage and have it all topped with mozzarella – just as a full Italian pizza. Adding some sour cream and milk into the whisked eggs will splendidly plump the quiche. Bon Appetite!

Courtesy from Picnic Idea
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