A lot of people have asked me for this recipe, so here it is!
This is my own variation of a recipe in The Vegetarian Epicure. It’s not so much of a gourmet meal any more, but it’s easy to make and tastes wonderful!
- 1-10″ pie crust.
- 1 pound (500g) sweet potatoes, chopped (about 2 cups)
- 1-12 oz (340g) bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 cup sugar (less if you like tart cranberries)
- 8 oz (250 g) cream cheese, softened
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Boil chopped sweet potatoes in a small amount of water until soft but not mushy, about 7 minutes or so. Drain. Save the water for something else like soup or bread.
- Mix the cranberries and sugar in a microwave-safe glass bowl and cook them on High power until the cranberries burst. The time will depend on your microwave. In mine, it takes about 4 minutes.
- In another bowl, beat the cream cheese with a mixer until it is soft and creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the milk, until everything is smooth.
- Sprinkle the cheese on the bottom of the pie crust.
- Spread the drained sweet potatoes over the cheese.
- Spread the cranberries over the sweet potatoes.
- Pour the cream cheese mixture over all. It will sink in a little among the cranberries and sweet potatoes, but mostly stay on top. This makes the quiche have layers, and is what we want.
- Carefully place the pie plate in the preheated oven. Bake for 40 minutes until the top is golden and the filling is firm. Let cool for a few minutes before you cut it.
Variations (all of which I have personally tried. And survived. And even liked!)
- substitute 1 small can of drained, crushed pineapple for cranberries and sugar
- use carrots and parsnips instead of sweet potatoes
- leave out the cheese
- make a pecan crust instead of the regular pie crust. I used the nut crust recipe in The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, but there are lots of recipes online. Just choose one without sugar. This is supper, not dessert–although if you added cinnamon and used a sweet crust, it probably could be!
- Forget what I said about layers, and mix everything together before you put it into the pie crust. Except the cheese.
- Make a double recipe, and put it into a double-sized pie crust in a lasagna pan. Bake it for longer (about 1 hour, but for sure until the top is golden and the filling is set) and cut into squares to serve. This is good for potlucks, and the reason people have requested this recipe!
Note on listed quantities:
Amounts given in imperial and metric measurements are approximately equal. Even though Canada is officially a metric country, most people I know still measure in cups, teaspoons, and tablespoons, and set the oven in Fahrenheit degrees. But we usually buy food in grams and litres, and measure our air temperatures in Celsius degrees. Maybe that’s another meaning of bilingual.