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Garden Chef Recipes

Pedro Martinez is the chef at Café Central, in Highland Park, a French-style bistro. Here, he offers a quiche that gives you the flexibility to use whatever fresh vegetables are available.

Vegetarian Quiche
Makes 6 servings


2½ cups chopped broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, carrots, green beans, pea pods, asparagus, fennel — whatever you have that's fresh and local!

½ quart heavy cream

5 eggs

Pinch of nutmeg

Salt and pepper to taste

1 clove chopped garlic

1 pound puffed pastry or pastry sheet

8-inch springform pan 3 inches high 


Chop vegetables into small pieces. Cook vegetables of choice to medium done. Place in ice-cold water to cool. (Cook each vegetable separate if layers are desired.)

Mix cream, eggs, salt, pepper, garlic, and nutmeg.

Line the springform pan with the pastry.

If you want layers of vegetables, then cook and cool vegetables separately. Then
place layers in shell.

Add liquid.

Tent with aluminum foil.

Bake in an oven at 350 degrees F for 2 hours 45 minutes.

Check with a knife to see if done.

Leave quiche for 10 minutes to cool before cutting to serve.

Serve with salad, chips, or fries.