Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Potato Leeks and Mushroom Flan

Potato Leeks and Mushroom Flan

A flan is sponge base with a sweet or savory  topping.But here the sponge base is soft and moist made with mashed potatoes! Its a simple and elegant dish ! A must try !! I got many many compliments!!

Minimally adapted from Sikandalicious Cuisine by Atul Sikand.A fabulous group of  Indian foodies!!

Potato Leeks and Mushroom Flan

Set the oven to 200C .
Grease a flan mould / over proof dish with butter .

For The Potato ' Shell '
5-6 Large Potatoes ( boiled and peeled )
1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano ( use any or none if not handy )
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil .
1 Teaspoon Salt.

Mash the potatoes well along with the oil , herbs and salt . Pat the potato ' dough ' onto your flan dish evenly covering the sides and bottom ( 1/2 " thick ) and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes . Take out and cool .

The Filling 
1 Packet Mushrooms ( chopped medium thick ).
2/3 Cup Chopped Leak ( 1/2 or a little less thick ).
2/3 Cup Milk.
2/3 Cup Cheddar Cheese ( grated ) I used a combination of Cheddar,Mozzarella and Gouda
3 Eggs.
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder.
Salt and Freshly Crushed Pepper.

In a 1 tablespoon olive oil over very high heat smoke the pepper and immediately add the leek and chopped mushrooms . Don't allow the mushrooms to loose water which is why it is cooked no more than a minute and under very high heat.Remove from heat and cool .
Meanwhile whip the eggs , milk , cheese , baking powder , salt and any leftover mashed potato .Stir in the cooked leek and potatoes , pour the filling into the potato shell , bake 25 minutes .

The potato shell gives you a moist and soft flan which is also quite light unlike the traditional quiche .

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