Monday, 2 September 2013

mushroom, garlic and samphire quiche

... it's been nearly all summer and i've only made the one quiche... something must have gone seriously wrong somewhere, particularly because in my humble opinion the quiche is the cornerstone of the a good summer picnic... it's both light yet entirely satisfying at the same time... and even though the french would love to claim it as their own I feel there's something so very british about the quiche... I liken it to the british version of the rustic italian pizza or the spanish fritatta but with a pastry base... and come on now, you can pretty much make anything british by adding pastry to it...

... i've never cooked with samphire before even though I love the stuff and it's grown locally here in the salt-marshes of Lincolnshire... it's one of those ingredients that seems to have passed me by for some daft reason and now that's it's so wonderfully trendy i've had my eyes opened to how amazing it is... it works well as both a vegetable and serves wonderfully with fish and chicken but also as a herb used like I have here alongside mushrooms and garlic and a little rosemary... it has a beautifully salty taste that compliments parmesan too, so i've included some in the pastry. There's a brilliant article all about this brilliant plant  on the Lincolnshire Life Magazine website but you can thank our friend George who gave me some of his home grown Samphire... George is the husband of the brilliant blogger Elaine from Pear Tree Log and has the most covetable kitchen garden... thankfully he's very generous...

mushroom, garlic and samphire quiche
this month there's a new bloggers challenge from the lovely Elizabeth's Kitchen called Shop Local which, as the name suggests, encourages us to shop locally for lovely fresh ingredients and then shout about it... a brilliant challenge idea... this quiche also goes out to the wonderful Alphabakes challenge hosted by Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker and Caroline from Caroline Makes who have reached some of the trickiest letters of the alphabet, with this month being the letter Q...

... I have to say,without blowing my own trumpet, this is the best quiche i've ever made... it could be to do with the glorious combination of samphire and mushrooms or could have something to do with the ridiculous amount of butter I used to saute the mushrooms in... we'll never know...

for the parmesan pastry
250g plain flour
100g butter
50g finely grated vegetarian parmesan
water to mix

for the filling
one large box of closed cup mushrooms (380g) - finely sliced
3 large garlic cloves - finely crushed
1 bunch of samphire
butter and olive oil
fresh rosemary - finely chopped
salt and pepper
3 eggs - beaten
250ml cream

make the pastry by rubbing the butter into the flour in a large bowl until you have something resembling breadcrumbs, stir in the grated parmesan then add a tablespoon or two of cold water and bring together into a dough with your hands, you may need to add a little more water to create the dough but you will feel how 'short' the pastry is.  Wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes

in a large pan gently melt a generous amount of butter with a little olive oil and add the mushrooms, stir them around and them leave them until they begin to squeak, then add the garlic and plenty of pepper and a little salt, then turn up the heat a little and saute them till they begin to brown a little, then add the samphire and continue to saute for another five minutes, then remove from the heat.

now your pastry should be ready, roll it out and line your greased quiche pan. place some baking beans on top of the pastry and blind bake for 15 minutes on 150C

once your pastry is turning golden, take it out of the oven and set aside whilst you beat the eggs into the cream... pour the mushroom and samphire mix into the pastry case followed by the cream and bake on 160C for about 15-20 minutes until golden and risen, set aside on a wire rack to cool.  The quiche should easily slide out of the tin. (famous last words...)

eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. I've heard of samphire but I've never had the pleasure of trying it. I've never seen it for sale here in Shetland, unfortunately. Your quiche sounds lovely indeed. I love a good quiche, me! Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe with Shop Local - you are the very first person to contribute! Thank you! :D

    1. it grows in salt marshes and you must have loads of them up near you!

    2. Really?! I must look into this!

  2. I love samphire and mushrooms!! May have to try this ...mmmmm..

  3. I'll give the British kudos for the quiche!! In fact, I'm so happy that the colonists brought the English breakfast over with them!! Now, to look up samphire. Don't think that has crossed the pond yet.


  4. Dom, you always have such a luscious slice photographed ... I always forget and just knosh after taking the initial photo of my baked goods!
    When will I learn to take a page from your book ?
    This quiche looks glorious! I love the green swirls of the samphire/herbs in the top of the quiche ... so lovely with those mushrooms!

    1. it takes a HUGE amount of restraint, believe me!

  5. I tried samphire for the first time at the smut meet in Cheltenham and loved it. How clever to think of Quiche for Alphabakes. Delicious looking quiche, and I haven't had as many this year either, now you mention it!

  6. Lovely looking

    I entered a quiche in our flower show a few years back...
    It was the only entry

    And it was placed...SECOND!

    1. my scones for this years show didn't even place and there were only 3 entries!

  7. So did your quiche slide easily out of the tin? :)

    Good idea for the Q in alphabakes! The use of samphire and the sautéed mushrooms sound amazing, and very original too!

  8. Could be that cheese pastry that adds to make the taste smack in the mouth. No samphire here, but I am definitely on the look out for it now.

  9. I really like samphire, but have never had it in a Quiche, clever. I may have to steal this one Dom.

  10. It looks great. Thank you for sharing

  11. I must admit, I had to look up samphire.. I had never even heard of it, never mind cooked with it! :)
    The quiche looks amazing, Dom.. but then again, I've never stopped by and seen anything that didn't look absolutely mouthwatering!!

  12. LOVE samphire. Such a wonderful taste of the sea and so good for adding a natural salty kick to dishes. Great call using it in quiche; I 've been pretty boring always pairing it with fish!

    p.s. parmesan pastry = win. Wah I'm going to have to try that asap.

  13. Oh Samphire! How I miss you. I am pining after Norfolk now Dom....I blame you. Great looking tart (the recipe, not you...)

  14. Wow, this looks amazing. I HAVE to make it soon.

  15. Does this freeze well? Great recipe.. especially now that the main supermarkets sell it :-)


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