This 100% plant-based ‘quiche’ is made with chickpea, or gram flour. It’s a favourite of ours at Beaufort because it’s simple, satisfying and really tasty. It pairs perfectly with 2017 Pinot Gris – a 100% Island-grown single varietal. A short stint on Ortega lees in Hungarian oak barrels creates a round finish, albeit with a bright and punchy zing to compliment the savoury flavours in the ‘quiche’.
You will need enough pastry to fill a 20cm pie case. Blind bake the pie crust at 370F for about 10 minutes, or until the edges of the crust are just starting to golden. Set it aside ready for filling.
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 small onion, finely sliced
3-4 dried shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated and finely sliced
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 cup chickpea flour
2.5 cups water
1/4 tsp turmeric
1.5 tsp salt
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- Preheat your oven to 370F. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add onion. Fry for 3 minutes over a med heat until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the shiitake mushrooms and fry for another 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat, and sprinkle over the thyme leaves. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the chickpea flour with 1 cup of the water (cold), the salt, pepper, turmeric and nutritional yeast. Whisk to ensure there are no lumps. Set aside.
- Bring the remaining 1.5 cups of water to the boil in a saucepan. When boiling, pour in the chickpea batter, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and continue stirring until the batter thickens – this will take about 2 or 3 minutes. Continue to cook over the lowest heat for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly to prevent the chickpea filling from catching on the bottom of the pan.
- Spoon the mushroom and onion mix into your prepared pie crust and pour over the cooked chickpea filling. Tap the pie case gently against the countertop to evenly distribute the filling. Bake at 370F for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden. Remove from the oven and brush the top with a little olive oil. Allow to cool and set completely before serving. Serve with a big leafy salad and chilled bottle of Pinot Gris.