Saturday, January 4, 2014

On A Cold Winter Night...Crabmeat And Roasted Red Pepper Quiche

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After all the holiday food of the last month and a half, I was ready for something new and radically different to make and post...something without the word pie, cookie, leftovers or peppermint bark.  Looking through my drafts for future posts, I came across this quiche.  I looked no more.

This recipe has been in my archives for a long time, waiting for Spring and a ladies lunch.  Together with the Mandarin Salad, and its slightly sweet and sour dressing,  it is the perfect menu for the Ladies Who Lunch any time of the year.  Instead, it was made yesterday, for dinner, on the coldest day we have had so far this winter.

Although there were no ladies in attendance this time, except for us five chicks, we really enjoyed it.  Under the lights of the Christmas tree, a roaring fire and The Remains of the Day on TV it was a great menu for a quiet Friday night.  If you have "real men" in the family who don't eat quiche, call it a pie.  They'll bite.

Tomorrow we have Season Four of Downton Abbey and the possibility of snow here in North Georgia.  If you want something lite and special for dinner, run to the store and grab what you need.  Don't forget a good bottle of white wine, preferably a Sauvignon Blanc, although a French Chardonnay would do well if you are serving the Mandarin Salad.

Make sure you buy fresh crabmeat, although you can use  Lump which is more reasonably priced than the Jumbo Lump.  That is what I used and it was perfect.  The recipe calls for six ounces but the container I bought had eight and I used all of it.
There is a recipe for the pie crust below but Mrs. Smith's ready made crust will save you lots of time.  As to the roasted red peppers, ditto, but buy good ones in a jar. We've cooked enough this past holiday season and a few short cuts here and there are well deserved.

 Crab Meat And Roasted Red Pepper Quiche
4 to 6 servings
One 9 and 1/2-inch tart crust


  • Short-crust dough (see recipe), rolled and chilled in a 9 1/2-inch tart pan
  • 1 small red pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1 and 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 teaspoons slivered chives
  • 6 ounces cooked crab meat, or use chopped cooked shrimp or lobster


Bake prepared dough at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Patch any small holes with leftover dough. Cool.
Set red pepper in the flames of a stovetop gas burner turned to high. Turn with tongs until skin is blackened, 5 to 7 minutes, then cool. Peel, remove seeds and veins, and slice into 1/4-inch strips.
Make the custard: in mixing bowl, beat eggs, mustard, salt, black pepper, paprika and cayenne. Whisk in cream and herbs. Set aside.
Set tart pan on a baking sheet. Spread crab meat evenly over bottom of pastry. Arrange red pepper strips over crab meat. Beat custard once more and carefully pour into tart shell. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, until top is golden and custard is set. Cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 Basic short-crust pastry


  • 145 grams all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter (1/4 pound), cut in 1/8-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons ice water


Put flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer or food processor. Add butter and quickly cut it into flour until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Add ice water and mix briefly, about 30 seconds, to form a soft dough. Remove dough, shape into a thick disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Bring to cool room temperature before rolling.

To roll, lightly flour dough and counter. Roll out gradually, periodically letting dough rest for a moment before continuing. This makes rolling easier and will keep dough from shrinking back during baking.

Roll dough to a thin round approximately 13 inches in diameter, then trim to make a 12-inch circle (refrigerate and save trimmings for patching). Lay dough loosely into a 9 1/2-inch fluted tart pan with removable bottom, letting it relax a bit. Fold overlap back inside to make a double thickness, then press firmly against the pan so the finished edge is slightly higher than the pan. Refrigerate or freeze for an hour before pre-baking.

Adapted from David Tanis New York Times
All photos Lindaraxa


  1. This is perfection after all the holiday turkey, ham, roast, and cornish hens! Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!

    1. Cameo,

      My pleasure. Happy New Year to you as well and thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  2. I agree. This is perfect for after all we've indulged in during the holidays. I'm so glad we can find good crab meat here. It makes a big difference. I hope you're stocked up well and enjoy staying inside & taking it easy if the snow comes. That would make it a treat for me instead of my usual crazy schedule.

    1. Sam,

      We've been on RestFest since the 25th. It was all sooo exhausting. Ithink I have gone out maybe twice. Heading south this coming weekend and looking forward to crab, crab, crab!

  3. Have you heard about the new fresh seafood market very close to us who live on the lake? ATLANTIC EXPRESS SEAFOOD on Hwy 9 off exit 12 of 400 Heading south, turn right off exit 12 and drive to Rt. 9 and turn left. It's on the right shortly in a strip shopping center. The owner's brother lives in Maine and ships fresh lobsters. They also have crab meat and lots of other seafood

    1. Myra,

      Had no idea. I'm checking it out tomorrow. Thank you!!!!

  4. Myra, you have now become Lindaraxa's best friends best friend, thank you . What a a great way to start the new year. Oh the bisques in the waiting.......

  5. This looks and sounds fabulous. I will be trying this recipe very soon. I LOVE a good quiche and this one fits the bill. Thankfully I am fortunate to have fresh crab from the Gulf readily available. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


    1. I;ll be down there next week and all I can think of is crabs! When are you getting back to blogging? we miss you!

  6. This sounds perfect with a roaring fire and good TV viewing. Quiche is my go to meal when I am tired of all else. I missed Downton Abbey last night, but have set the VCR to record it when it is repeated and for the whole season. Our area of Florida will have temps in the 20s with wind chills near 6 degrees. What is going on? Hope you are staying warm.

  7. We are going down to 6 degrees tonight. It's in the teens right now. When the dogs AND THE CAT don't want to go out, Baby it's cold outside. Going down to see Mother in Miami this weekend so something to look forward to. DA was okay last night, you didn't miss much. Be happy you are down there.


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