Developing a good vegan quiche Lorraine recipe has been hanging over my head for at least a year. I had already figured out a really great way to turn tofu into smoky bacon bits, which I knew would be really great in a quiche, but my attempts at getting the consistency of the quiche filling just right eluded me at each attempt.
Knowing that most vegan quiches are tofu-based and that my smoky bacon was also tofu, I didn’t want a tofu overload.
My first attempts resulted in a less than stellar, dry, cracked quiche (albeit tasty).
Determined as I am, I continued to revisit the idea of a vegan quiche Lorraine over the course of the past year but each time not quite getting it.
I finally happened upon The Gourmet Vegan’s recipe for a chickpea flour-based quiche filling.
The process is simple: just by cooking the chickpea flour with boiling water for a few minutes it becomes extremely thick and creamy. Mix in your tofu bacon or veggies and pour it into your crust. Then once it’s baked it sets into a soft, moist, custard-like filling.
Now I don’t think that anyone would mistake this for an egg-based quiche, the consistency is still not the same, but it’s definitely the best vegan quiche that I’ve ever had.
This filling works as a great base for all kinds of quiches. The Gourmet Vegan uses cauliflower and bell peppers, or you could use spinach, roasted vegetables, or broccoli –the only limit is your imagination.
But if you want it to be a quiche Lorraine then it needs some kind of bacon. I made mine by marinating tofu but when making vegan pho I also found that meaty mushrooms (like oyster, shiitake or portobello) work really well for this kind of smoky vegan bacon.
So if you avoid tofu for whatever reason, you can substitute it with some chopped up mushrooms. Adapted from http://www.theveganhousehold.com/mains/the-gourmet-vegan-cant-tell-the-difference-quiche/ As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
For the smoky tofu bacon
For the quiche filling
For the smoky tofu bacon
For the vegan quiche Lorraine
Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1164mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 12g
Note: For a flaky vegan pie crust, try my coconut oil vodka pie crust.
Adapted from http://www.theveganhousehold.com/mains/the-gourmet-vegan-cant-tell-the-difference-quiche/
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