Healthy Mushroom and Shallot Quiche

Recovering from vacation . . . it’s painful. So I plan on telling you all about Alaska, but that day is not today. Today, I will drown my sorrows in food. Specifically, some good food.

My lovely friend Cassia has a lovely food blog. Granted, she hasn’t had much time recently to post since she’s entering her second year of graduate school and is up to her ears in books and papers and such, but that doesn’t stop me from gleaning delicious recipes from over yonder, such as this pasta, and now–this quiche.

Cassia made this quiche for our friend Jess Strickler’s baby shower last year. I remember thinking “Oh man! I’ve got to make this!” Then, a year went by. And here we are today, resurrecting the dreams of yesterday.

As you may have guessed by the title, this is not a cheesy, rich quiche (click here for that experience). It only has 4 eggs, a splash of milk, and no cheese. Hence the “healthy.” The real whammy from my perspective is: no half and half. No heavy cream. Let’s get this healthified fungi fest on the road!


(Serves 5)

2 TBS butter
1 1/2 lbs sliced mushrooms
6 cloves garlic
4 shallots
3 green onions
1 1/2 TBS fresh oregano leaves
2 tsp basil
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dry mustard
4 eggs
3/4 cup 2% or whole milk
1 unbaked 9 inch frozen pie crust

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Pop in the frozen pie crust for 10 minutes.

When you remove it, it should be nice and golden all over.

Lower the temperature to 375 F.

Dice the shallots and garlic . . .

. . . slice the mushrooms (if they don’t come pre-sliced like mine), and chop up those green onions, for gosh’s sake!

Sorry, I had some bossiness urges that I had to get out there. If not, they fester and I become BossMan McMonsterPants. And I guarantee that’s not what my husband is looking for when he comes home after a long day on campus.

Melt the butter in a large skillet. When melted, add the mushrooms, garlic, shallots, green onions, and all the spices and seasonings.

I added the green onions a little later because I like ’em a little on the crispier side.

Don’t you love fresh oregano? This isn’t the first time that mushrooms and oregano have got together in my kitchen and shown the world they were meant for each other.

Cook over medium high to high heat, stirring occasionally, until all the mushroom liquid has evaporated.

Remove the mushrooms from the heat and let them cool completely. I was kind of in a hurry due to the rumblings of certain stomachs in the household, so I sped things up by Extending My Long Arm of Justice and placing the mushrooms in the freezer.

Break the eggs into a bowl and add the milk.

I’m sorry, heavy whipping cream. I’m sorry I abandoned you!

Whisk together the eggs and milk.

Once the mushrooms are cool, add them to the eggs.

 Stir to combine . . .

. . . then pour the mixture into the pie crust.

Beat yourself over the head because the innards don’t fit in the outtards.

Then stop beating yourself when you realize you can bake the remaining filling in an adorable red ramekin. Phew.

Bake the quiche for 40 minutes, or until puffy and starting to brown on top. Here’s the red ramekin-full, which I took out after about 30 minutes:

Let it sit for about 5 minutes before serving–this will allow it to set inside.

She’s a beaut, alright.

Serve with fresh oregano leaves sprinkled over top.

Next time I need to buy a bigger pie crust, because this one ended up simply too full–and I like a higher ratio of crust-to-innards.

See? Totally overstuffed.

But still delicious.

P.S. When we ate the leftovers the following night, the quiche was even better. This may be because I sprinkled all kinds of fresh Parmesan over the top before popping it in the oven to get hot.

“Healthy-schmealthy,” said my taste buds. Whoops. I think they learned that from me.

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29 Responses to Healthy Mushroom and Shallot Quiche

  1. Sherri says:

    This looks amazing! Thanks for another great food post. Love reading your blog :-).

  2. Anon says:

    That really does look good. Yum. I make all my quiches with milk – I have never use heavy cream or half and half – and they came out fine.

    Now I want to step it up and use cream heehee

  3. Barbara says:

    doing this tomorrow! thanks for sharing. do you think that phyllo dough will do?

    • Jenna says:

      Hi Barbara! I’m not sure about the phyllo dough–it’s pretty runny before baking it, and the pie crust does a great job of holding it together. You could try puff pastry in a pie plate, but that might get soggy . . . anyway, have fun experimenting!

  4. Joanne says:

    The way I see it is…the healthier the quiche, the bigger a piece I can have without guilt. I’ll be eating half of this.

  5. Re-entry is always difficult. The unpacking, the laundry, ugh. But your quiche looks divine!

  6. I love quiche, it’s always so delicious and satisfying. I love all the mushrooms you used in yours

  7. Judy says:

    This looks delicious! And might I recommend a vacuum sealer for your frozen veggie bags…I use mine all the time for chip bags, frozen food bags, really it is good for any plastic bag except for ziploc…they just melt ;)

    Great recipe!

  8. Erica says:

    Dear BossMan McMonsterPants,

    Please to send a slice or five of this to me post-haste.



  9. bevweidner says:

    I am a mushroom FA-REAK and this post has just made my eyeballs so, so happy.


  10. Julie M. says:

    For being healthified, it looks pretty darn fantabulous to me! Slide a slice this way please! I’m looking forward to reading all about Alaska, I’d love travel there!

  11. This looks amazing. I am in awe of your cooking skills. And your pretty picture making skills, too.

  12. Melissa says:

    Yumm this looks good. I love quiche! Gotta try this one. :)

  13. Tracy says:

    Sounds perfectly delicious, even if it is healthified! Yum!

  14. kramerjen says:

    Love the pics you take o your recipes. This looks delicious!

  15. Jen says:

    Hurray hurray hurray! My vacation will be over tomorrow, so I’m delighted to know I can drown my sorrows in a healthy quiche filled with tasty deliciousness! I think that’ll help get me back on my feet for a full work week.

  16. Veronica says:

    “extended my long arm of justice…” after I read that I kept bursting into unexpected giggles as I continued reading and scrolling. Every time I thought of it I started giggling again. You’re such a nut-I love it! There I got again-bwahahahaha! This looks lovely, Jenna, and I like the healthiness of it. :)

  17. Kimby says:

    Liked your clothespins in the freezer. :) Quiche is wonderful, but healthy quiche is wonderfuller. (This, from a die-hard heavy cream user.) Thanks, Jenna!

  18. Pingback: Chorizo and Shallots Phyllo Quiche with Ricotta « My Italian Smörgåsbord

  19. Red says:

    I came from Barbara’s page… i love both of these recipes. Your photos of the mushrooms in it are great!

  20. Kristy says:

    This looks so delicious and comforting! I am currently having a bit of a shallot obsession lately too, so this is perfect. :)

  21. Thank you for visiting the blog and your lovely comments Jenna. This quiche looks wonderful. The addition of the oregano and basil sounds lovely. Bonus that its healthy and significantly lower in fat than the standard quiche!

  22. Tandy says:

    I love quiches, and tend to make mine without the crust :)

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