Artichoke and Feta Quiche

A custardy quiche, with a crust made from scratch, is filled with shallots, artichoke hearts and feta.
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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 30 min (includes chilling and cooling times)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6-8
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Ingredients

Crust:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, diced and kept very cold

4 teaspoons cider or white vinegar

1/3 cup ice water

Filling:

1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots

1 cup chopped thawed frozen artichoke hearts

1 cup crumbled feta

Custard:

1 1/4 cups milk

2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

3 large eggs

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Pulse together the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add about a third of the chilled butter cubes and process until the butter is absorbed. Add the remaining butter and pulse until the butter is the size of peas. Pulse in the vinegar. Then add the ice water, pulsing quickly a few times to combine. Squeeze some dough between your fingers--it should just hold its shape without feeling wet. If it is crumbly, add more ice water a tablespoon at a time. (Pulse quickly, do not overwork or the dough will be tough.0 Wrap the dough loosely in a large piece of plastic wrap, then firmly press and flatten the dough into a thin round. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Lightly flour a work surface, then roll the dough into an 11- to 12-inch round, about 1/8 inch thick. Center the dough in a 9-inch pie plate, with an even overhang all around. Fold the edges and flute or crimp. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. Press a piece of foil over the chilled crust, then fill with pie weights, raw beans or rice. Bake to set the crust, about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and weights and bake until the crust is light brown, 5 to 10 minutes more. Let cool slightly before adding the filling.

For the Filling: 

  1. Sprinkle the shallots evenly into the crust. Combine the artichoke hearts with the feta and sprinkle it in an even layer over the shallots.

For the custard: 

  1. Whisk together the half-and-half, parsley, eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Pour the custard over the filling. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake until set, 35 to 50 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving warm or at room temperature.

Cook’s Note

When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off the excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.)