The thing is, quiche is an incredible way to experiment with new flavors in a simple format. I was inspired to make this quiche by my friend Caitlin’s Low Carb Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese. Cauliflower is the sleeper champion of Paleo cooking… and creative Paleo food bloggers do all kinds of things with the unassuming vegetable: pizza crusts, “rice”, creamy soup, and the aforementioned macaroni and cheese. Although those with dairy issues should skip this particular recipe, cauliflower and cheddar seem made for each other.
What’s up with the swirl? I’m not a huge fan of the unvaried look of a plain quiche, so I shredded some bell pepper to add a pop of color and geometric interest. Omit if you’re pressed for time, but it’s an easy way to bring the dish to the next level!
Cheesy Cauliflower Swirl Quiche
Cheesy cauliflower quiche gets a visual upgrade with a chopped red bell pepper swirl.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Using coconut oil, grease a non-stick 8" fluted tart or pie pan with a removable bottom and set aside.
Roughly chop the cauliflower, then pulse in a food processor until very finely chopped (approximately the consistency of couscous).
Melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the processed cauliflower, stirring frequently, until softened (about 15 minutes).
Transfer the cauliflower to a bowl and stir in the grated cheese, making sure it's incorporated fully into the mixture as it melts. Add the salt.
Allow the cheesy cauliflower mixture to cool until it's just warm to the touch, then stir in the eggs. Beat until mixed, then spoon into the greased pan and level with the back of a spoon.
Roughly chop the bell pepper, then finely shred in a food processor. Using your fingers, sprinkle the pepper in a rough spiral in top of the cauliflower mixture. Using the tip of a knife, clean up the edges until you have a tidy geometric design.
Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, or until browned on the top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature, then remove from pan and serve.
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