A courgette quiche is a type of quiche made with the courgette or zucchini vegetable. Typically, the word courgette is the British and French term for this green vegetable, where Americans and some other English language speakers will often use the word zucchini. The courgette quiche incorporates this vegetable into a quiche, a dish that involves mixing eggs with other ingredients and baking for a final result that is a sort of pie-shaped omelet.
Many kinds of courgette quiche include a crust made of dough. These kinds of quiche resemble pies, but have a savory filling rather than a sweet fruit filling. Other kinds of quiche do not have a crust at all. Some cooks will make the crust for a courgette quiche by hand, and others will purchase pre-made crusts in the store.
In addition to eggs, many recipes for courgette quiche include various kinds of cheese. Cooks can use goat cheese, feta, or harder cheeses like cheddar that may be grated and mixed into the quiche. In addition to these heavy elements, milk or cream may also be used.
Cooks use a wide variety of spices for courgette quiche. Some of the most common ones are salt and pepper, garlic or onion powder, and a variety of dried or cut green herbs. Other possible spices include allspice, turmeric, paprika, or other spices that add flavor and color to the dish.
One of the essential considerations with courgette quiche, and similar kinds of quiche, is that cooks must make sure the vegetables do not ruin the overall texture of the quiche. For many recipes, the cook will cut the courgette or zucchini into thin pieces. The vegetable may then be pressed or drained in order to extract some of the water, so that that water doesn’t overload the quiche during cooking. The same is true for additional vegetables that may be added to courgette quiche; some of the vegetables that have more water content, such as tomatoes, need to be carefully dried before use, or used sparingly.
Most recipes for this type of quiche call for baking the dish. Different temperatures and cooking times provide results for various recipes. Cooks may examine the quiche to make sure that it is “set,” or that the overall texture has indicated the eggs and other ingredients are sufficiently cooked. In some recipes, the cooks leave the quiche slightly undercooked, so that it finishes cooking as it cools.