Feta, Pea and Dill Quiche with Lentil and Sweet Potato ‘Pastry’

This recipe was submitted in the Canadian Lentils Recipe Challenge. It won best in ‘Freestyle’ category.

Believe it or not, I’ve never actually tried to sit down and suss out an entire recipe from scratch. I don’t know why, but I’m going to venture a guess; I think it’s because I can really find anything I want to cook on the internet these days. My usual habit is to have an idea and automatically try to search for an online recipe to make it happen. I rarely follow the exact recipe but never is the idea entirely my own either.

When I had a look at the Canadian Lentils Recipe Contest and started to brainstorm, virtually every idea I came up with had been done in some way or form. Then I got worried that maybe there are so many ideas floating around that there may be no more room for original thought anymore. After I thought a bit more I wondered if anyone had ever tried making a quiche crust out of lentils.  I know there are people out there (including my sister) that favour gluten free diets and some of these people can get crazy creative. I searched and found several recipes for quiche crusts and one in particular sparked an idea in my head. The crust was indeed, made mostly of lentils and the filling had lovely orange chunks of sweet potato. I got a bit sidetracked as I then started searching for a recipe with the crust made of sweet potato…and found one! Right then and there I decided to take both of these ingredients and combine them to make a lighter, crumbly sweet potato and lentil quiche ‘pastry’crust.crust3I’m going to stop here and say that this entire recipe was designed with my sister in mind. Her special dietary needs have been a large part of her life for the last two years. Her health has greatly improved from a low gluten/low refined sugar/low GI diet. I’ve been telling her for a while now that I would try to create some recipes that suit her diet so I want to dedicate this recipe especially to her. Love you sis!

To begin the ‘pastry’ crust I washed and boiled 125 g of red lentils in double that amount of water until they formed a thick paste. Using my food processor I shredded one half of a medium sweet potato with the large shredder disk, then used the small shredder disk on the other half.  
crustAs the lentils cooled, I wrapped the shredded sweet potato in some cheese cloth and twisted the end until juice came out. I did this a couple of times until I thought they were dry enough to combine with the lentils, salt, pepper, dried dill, coconut oil, and almond meal.  I wasn’t sure how sticky the mixture would be so I played it safe by lining the sides and bottom of a spring-form pan with baking paper and also buttering the paper. I pressed part of the mixture into the bottom of the pan then around the sides. Because there was still a large amount of water in the sweet potato, I ended up baking the crust for around an hour. After the first 20 minutes I covered the edges with foil to prevent them from getting too dark.crust2I had to think for a while about what kind of quiche I wanted to fill the shell with. Since the shell had a lot of flavour on it’s own, I wanted subtle ingredients that wouldn’t stand out too much and would encourage the lentil and sweet potato crust to shine.  I decided that peas and feta would be delicious and that adding more dill would amplify the taste of the dill already in the crust.quicheUnfortunately my sister doesn’t live nearby so she didn’t get to try the quiche. My family did (with much trepidation) and they were were really surprised at the lightness of the crust and enjoyed the quiche flavours that I paired with it. I was really happy because the last time I tried to feed them quiche for dinner there was almost a riot because it was ‘meatless’. Either they have grown up a bit and their tastes have changed or they just plain enjoyed this unique dish. Or both.quiche2

Lentil and Sweet Potato ‘Pastry’ Crust

125 g lentils, double the water and boil until a thick paste. Cool.

1 medium sweet potato, 1/2 grated small and 1/2 grated large. Place in cheesecloth and squeeze to get water out. You may have to do this several times.

1 tsp each Salt and Pepper

2 tbsp dried dill

2 tbsp coconut oil

1/4 cup almond meal

Place all in a bowl and mix together.

Preheat oven to 400. Soften butter and rub on inside of springorm pan. Cut a baking paper circle to fit the bottom of the pan and one or two long rectangles for the sides. Stick rectangular paper to sides making sure one edge overlaps the bottom of the pan (you will have to do this with the pan sideways). Place bottom into the pan and snap closed. Place paper liner into the bottom of the pan and grease the paper with butter.

Press mixture into pan starting at the bottom and then on the sides. Make sure to press down firmly. Place on baking sheet and bake in oven. Bake for 40-60 minutes until it is nice and dried out. You may need to put foil on the edges so they don’t burn.

Filling

5 eggs

2 tbsp greek yoghurt

60 ml heavy cream

1 tbsp dill

salt and pepper

1 1/2 cups peas, thawed and dried

1 cup crumbled feta

In a bowl whisk the eggs, yoghurt, cream, salt, pepper, and dill together. Add the peas and feta then pour into baked and cooled crust.quiche1

 

28 comments

  1. foodisthebestshitever

    That looks effing delicious. I’m gonna try that crust for sure!!! A win for gluten intolerant folks every where!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      I know! I thought of you guys too…it’s worth a try anyway 🙂

      1. foodisthebestshitever

        I’ll be giving it a go don’t you worry!

  2. Lenny

    Seriously yum! I am food processor-less. Do you think that maybe cooking the sweet potatoes first would work?

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Well, you could just grate them with a cheese grater. You could either do this before or after you cook them. Probably easier before. I had wondered about grating them, then cooking them for a bit to get rid of the moisture but in the end it’s still extra cooking time. Let me know if you try it another way.

  3. My Kitchen Witch

    Love the crust – very creative. I’ve seen “hash brown” potato crusts before, but the addition of lentils was inspired.

    1. dishnthekitchen

      you mean with grated potato, not the cubed frozen kind…right? Ha! It never even occurred to me but yeah that would work too. Hmmm that would be so good!

      1. My Kitchen Witch

        Aren’t grated potatoes the only way to make “real” hash browns? I liked the way the lentils acted as a binder to hold the shape of the grated sweet potato. Also, good flavor combination.

  4. chef mimi

    This is brilliant! And beautiful!

  5. David Hart

    Opening a Cafe/Coffee Bar this spring and going to put this on the testing menu! Looks amazing and I am sure tastes even better than it looks.

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Well then. I just don’t know what to say. How cool is that?
      On my second go of this quiche crust I was going to make the red lentils into a very thick daal and make it Indian inspired…I think it could be quite delicious!

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  7. forthferalz

    Reblogged this on ASTROTAS and commented:
    Our speaker for April is Anita Rossiter who is talking on the gut brain connection. Her healthy diet is not as omnivorous as the standard food pyramid or plate or whatever shape the gov is pushing now. No sugar, no gluten – So I”ll have to lift the bar on Astro $1 a head catering beyond ‘mystery dip’ and the staple packet mix glutenfree choc brownies 🙂 Granted they have no e numbrs on the mix and i make it with fresh nuts, freerange eggs and great butter, but i can’t help feeling a wee bit guilty when they are complimented.
    My canadian friend Bernice’s food blog to the rescue. Her sister follows a similar diet to Anita and she’s entering this unique quiche and these hors d’oevre sized morsels in a contest and i think they will please both Anita and our non-vegetarian members. Leave her a nice comment if you want to help it win!

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  9. tinywhitecottage

    Brilliant! The crust is so unique and your filling looks like a perfect match with it. I’m going to try this for sure.

  10. Carolyn

    how long do you bake the filled quiched for?

    1. dishnthekitchen

      It took about an hour but it all depends on how moist your sweet potatoes are. If you check on it while you are baking you’ll see it goes from lookiing pretty wet to dry with some slight cracks. That’s when you want to take it out.

  11. Selma's Table

    This looks really, really wonderful – absolutely inspired combination of ingredients – I have bookmarked this page! Thanks so much!

  12. Deborah

    Oh thank the gods for Celia (Fig Jam & Lime Cordial) or I would never have found this recipe!! Always looking for interesting crusts and the colours in this quiche would make it really difficult to eat instead of look at. Actually no, it wouldn’t, because it sounds so delish I can almost smell it. As all good recipes should be, a delight of the senses. 🙂

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Wow, thank you so much for the kind comments! Please do let me know how it goes if you make it.

  13. Laureen Fox

    Aha, found it! I remember you mentioning this recipe at FBC2014. My husband won’t eat sweet potatoes so I will have to switch it up a bit but what do you expect from a food blogger…we like to play with food 🙂
    It was sure nice to meet you.
    — Laureen

    1. dishnthekitchen

      The crust wasn’t really sweet. Give it a try…you never know!
      Great to meet you as well Laureen.
      -B

  14. jen1965

    One for my Halloween party. Sounds lovely.

    1. dishnthekitchen

      yes, I suppose it might fit in with a Halloween theme. Please let me know how it goes.

  15. Albatz Travel Adventures

    I’ve been putting together a bunch of ‘legume’ dishes (and consequently gluten-free) for my brother. This sounds interesting!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      super! Let me know if you do decide to give it a try.
      B

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