It’s Friday once again, and I actually made the “assigned” French Fridays with Dorie recipe this week! I also caught up on last week’s recipe. I’m on a roll! Since I’m so close to being completely caught up on every FFWD recipe (only 6 to go!), I am determined.
This week I celebrated Spring with two dishes that are chock-full of vegetables: Baby Bok Choy, Sugar Snaps, and Garlic en Papillote and Quiche Maraîchère.
Baby Bok Choy, Sugar Snaps, and Garlic en Papillote
This week we returned to the traditional French method of cooking in packets of parchment paper or foil. This time it was some unexpected vegetables inside these packets: baby bok choy, sugar snap peas, baby onions, and garlic. The veggies were seasoned with orange zest, salt and pepper, and moistened with a bit of olive oil.
I tried an experiment. I made two packets of veggies in parchment paper. Then I put the rest of the vegetables in a baking dish covered in foil. Would there be a difference in taste?
It was close! The vegetables in the baking dish took a little bit longer to cook and weren’t quite as moist. The veggies cooked en papillote were slightly browned and a touch more flavorful. But overall, there wasn’t a big difference. If you are cooking this for a crowd, the baking dish method would be perfectly acceptable.
So, did we like it? I liked it a lot. The vegetables were perfectly cooked: tender, but not mushy. My husband liked the snap peas, but isn’t a fan of bok choy and this dish did nothing to change his mind. My daughter gave it a baby taste and then didn’t touch it again.
In Dorie’s words, Quiche Maraîchère is “packed to the brim with celery, leeks, carrots, and little squares of red pepper”. The word maraîchère means “truck farmer”, and when the word is used in a recipe name, you know that fresh vegetables are used. In this quiche, there is only just enough custard filling to (barely) hold the vegetables together. It is topped with Gruyere cheese part-way through cooking.
This quiche was quite tasty! I enjoyed it very much as a simple dinner with salad on the side. My husband enjoyed it too, but wished there had been more eggs in the mix (there was only one and a half). If you are looking for a vegetarian-friendly quiche, this one is a winner!
Both these recipes can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s wonderful book, Around My French Table.