In some ways, the Quiche once seemed a fad to sweep this country with its various combined versions of savory ingredients served at luncheons, brunches, light dinners, and oftentimes in different shapes and sizes at all types of parties and gatherings. Despite its flavor and ease of serving hot, cold, or room temperature, the vogue also seemed to coincide with the saying “Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche.” I dare say that many of those who took to the buzz line, constantly repeated like a top twenty hit, hardly realized that the line was the title of a book merely ‘satirizing the stereotypes of masculinity.’ Nevertheless, there it was out there like the incubation of a chicken sitting on eggs until finally pushed out and shortly thereafter even the women’s- only quiche serving luncheon dish along with the trend of the popularized ready to go pick up gourmet meal faded to the next emerging taste.
Perhaps the essence in the longstanding commonality of the Quiche was doomed at the beginning, its introductory the French Dish, Quiche Lorraine. Lorraine, quite possibly the Quiche would have served better longevity as Quiche Arthur or Philippe, after all its traditional common ingredient includes much loved crispy cooked bacon, perhaps ham even as the suitable substitution. Who could deny ‘real men’ enjoying such a dish.
Nevertheless, I have never really stopped appreciating the value of a good Quiche in its simplicity admiring its quite agreeable versatility among many friendly ingredients shared together in one light, crusty, creamy delight.
Today’s Quiche of crabmeat, cheese, and parsley decoratively topped with arranged thin blanched asparagus and seeded cherry tomatoes is one among the endless possibilities created with this humble yet elegant dish that seems to deserve some culinary stature, Honore. Therefore, I’ve decided to call the recipe Quiche Honore, a decidedly manly name yet remaining complementary to Lorraine’s family. Perhaps someday at the next resurgence filling the fluted tart pans we shall gather at the table together proclaiming ‘Real People Do Eat Quiche.’
- 1 10" Fluted Tart Pan
- 1 Pie Crust
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/4 cups crabmeat, lump, claw or backfin, picked through of shells
- 1 1/2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup parsley
- Thin Asparagus, for topping the quiche in a circular pattern blanched in boiling water then refreshed in ice water
- 6-8 Cherry Tomatoes, approximately,for laying in-between the thin asparagus on top of Quiche, cut in half then squeezed to remove most of the seeds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a fluted tart pan. Roll out pie crust to fit generously into the pan covering the sides with a little overlap and into the grooves at the top as the crust will shrink a bit. Prick a half dozen small holes into the bottom of pie crust then refrigerate for ten to fifteen minutes before baking for seven minutes on top of a cookie sheet in the oven then removing. Into a mixing bowl whisk together the eggs and the heavy cream. Add in the nutmeg, salt, pepper, and cayenne, stir in the shredded cheese and parsley then gently stir the crab meat throughout. Refrigerate the egg and crab mixture for one half hour then remove and pour into the slightly baked pie crust. Top with blanched asparagus and seeded halves of cherry tomatoes arranged into a decorative pattern. Place filled tart pan back on top of a cookie sheet in the oven and bake Quiche for approximately one hour until the egg mixture is set and the top is golden brown.