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 One of my favorite quick meals is a quiche. I think it is one of the most versatile foods around. You really can use almost anything as a filling. This one is based on one I ate recently that was called “Italian”. Now, there is nothing especially Italian about a quiche, I would even say that it is a rather typically French dish but what makes this one Italian are the ingredients which are very Mediterranean in nature. It also does not require blind baking the pastry so it is really a quick meal. Without further ado, here is the recipe:

Serves 4 to 6

puff pastry, store bought works perfectly
150g /5oz diced ham
8 to 10 button mushrooms, sliced
1 small to medium yellow onion, sliced thinly
15 basil leaves, shredded
125g /4 1/2oz mozzarella
20cl / 6oz heavy cream
3 eggs
100g /4oz sun dried tomatoes in oil
Black olives (optional)

Preheat your oven to 200C / 400F
Butter a 23cm / 9 inch tart dish or pie dish
Place the pastry in the dish, pressing gently with your fingers all around
Beat the eggs with the cream
Cut the mozzarella into pieces if using fresh or you can use grated
Thinly slice the sun dried tomatoes
Place the onions, mushrooms, ham, mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and olives (optional) in the dish
Pour the egg and cream mixture over
Cook for 30 to 40 minutes
Scatter the basil leaves on just before serving

Voila lunch. Serve with a green salad.