ffwD: Gorgonzola-Apple Quiche

I made these quiche as part of another make-ahead “All Dorie assignment” dinner I served last week. I know this seems like cheating and that I should be making these recipes one at a time each week. But, my work and social schedules are getting rather hectic now, so in order to actually participate and not skip weeks, I thought it better to get all the recipes done at once. Besides, it gave me a chance to dedicate one whole day to cooking and baking!

With that confession out, I took a page from my previous tart-making experiences and made the tart dough the night before which saved so much time. And, I was less frustrated this time around because I actually had a good amount of marble counter space to successfully roll out the chilled tart dough. No more hand pressing for me!

I stuck with making mini-quiche versions because I refuse to buy one large tart pan when I have six perfectly good small ones. In another bit of defiance, I used regular Gorgonzola instead of hunting for the dolce, which I’m not 100% convinced exists in Chicago since I didn’t see it in my local Trader Joe’s or Fox & Obel. Regardless, these mini quiche were quite tasty, and I can see myself making them again.

To see how other bloggers fared with Dorie’s gorgonzola-apple quiche, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


73 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thekalechronicles
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 07:39:00

    These are beautiful, Yummy, just beautiful. I’m pining for the recipe now (but I don’t plan to buy the cookbook). Hmm. Oh, the library…

  2. Yuri - Chef Pandita
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 07:41:51

    I think that’s a brilliant idea to cook/bake everything and not miss a recipe! I should do that too. I am doing FFWD thru you, bookmarking the recipes according to your comments and reviews πŸ™‚ mini quiches beat regular boring quiche, besides mini = instant cuteness!

  3. Tasty Mayhem
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 07:51:04

    Your mini quiche turned out great! I agree about the pans: I have one large and two smaller that equal out to the large, but I really prefer the smaller ones. Used regular Gorgonzola myself as well. Can;t wait to see the rest of the month’s dishes.

  4. mary
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 08:05:14

    Oh my goodness these are BEAUTIFUL!! I think mini quiches are the best – although a lot of work. The ingredients sound just delicious – great job!
    Mary x

  5. SoupAddict Karen
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 08:08:11

    Oh, I don’t think it’s cheating at all to make the recipes ahead. The point is just cook and enjoy the recipes! (Or maybe I’m just justifying myself, because I’ve already 3 of the month’s 4 recipes. πŸ˜‰ ). The minis are awesome, btw!

  6. Maureen
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 08:48:27

    OMG they look divine! I wish my quiches looked that good!

  7. Eileen
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 08:49:01

    Those are so cute. Why would you make one big tart when you have the gear to make little ones instead? And I don’t think it’s cheating to make all the recipes in one shot. I think it actually sounds kind of fun, like a grab-bag feast. I was shocked to find gorgonzola dolce at my supermarket. I’m sure regular gorgonzola worked just fine. From what I can tell, the main difference is that regular gorgonzola is a sharper, and a different texture. No big deal.

  8. Kathy
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 08:53:38

    I love your mini quiches…very pretty! I used regular gorgonzola, too! None of the stores by me carried the dolce. I can’t wait to take a taste…I’m serving mine tonight!

  9. oneexpatslife
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 09:04:06

    Very cute little mini quiches. I only have 11 inch and 8 inch tart pans so mine ended up a little small, but not as cute as yours. It seems that all of Dorie’s tarts are always in 9 inch pans and I have been fighting the urge to buy yet another tart pan for her book. It just seems so unnecessary, but one of these days I may break down.

  10. patty
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 09:08:53

    Very sweet mini quiches, I would love one served with a green salad for lunch or dinner. Don’t you love a baking day, such a luxury to spend time doing what you love!

  11. Cher
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 09:59:14

    I totally use the “get as many done at once as I can” approach – it keeps life a little simpler that way, I think. (I don’t think the dolce gorg. exists in my neck of the woods either – perhaps it’s mythical?)
    Love the mini versions! Perfect for single portions.

  12. marcella
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 10:07:37

    Your mini quiches are beautiful! Totally not cheating to make more than one recipe at a time. You’re just extra efficient.

  13. Lola's Kitchen
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 10:09:24

    I don’t think its ‘cheating’ to cook ahead. I think we all do it from time to time. Whatever works, right? Your mini quiches are beautiful! I also used regular gorgonzola but would like to try the dolce if I can find it.

  14. Krissy
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 10:29:42

    I love your minis. I don’t think you are cheating at all. I wish I could make ahead a few recipes and be prepared…seems like I can’t find the time. Ended up making this recipe late at night…too late for the family to enjoy it. I’d love to have a day dedicated to cooking/baking…those are days I dream about…hoping to reward myself with such a day, maybe about mid-March. You’ve inspired me to have a goal.

  15. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 10:35:09

    I love make ahead meals, saves so much time. So lovely for a nice quick lunch with a soup or a salad! Have a great weekend!

  16. Elin
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 10:53:44

    I like mini quiches and yours looks great. Over here it is also hard to find the gorgonzola cheese so I might to find a substitute for the cheese .

  17. spicegirlfla
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 11:20:42

    I love your mini tarts!! I’ll take mini over maxi any day. It just makes it seem special to be served an individual tart. Very nice!!!

  18. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 12:07:49

    Those look amazing and I like that you didn’t buy another pan. I’m betting I couldn’t find that cheese here either, but I am surprised at the cheese selection at a few places here.

  19. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 12:35:16

    I love the mini idea! I, too, didn’t find the dolce, and also live in Chi-town. The tart was great, though, and given my lack of experience with super fancy cheese, I was happy enough with regular gorgonzola.

  20. Betty Manousos
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 12:42:06

    i love your mini tarts. i’m so seriously craving this right now!


  21. Frollicking Night Owl
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 13:13:45

    Love your minis! I might copy your idea when I get around to this recipe!

  22. Audrey Allure
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 13:44:36

    Oh my, yum!

  23. ceciliag
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 13:44:48

    I do not mind at all when you make the food, this one can come out anytime you like.. I love apple with cheese, i am going to make this! c

  24. Holly
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 13:50:01

    Oh these sound amazing! I love cheese and apples together!

  25. Karen
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 13:56:31

    Your gorgonzola apple quiche look great and must have been delicious.

  26. hotlyspiced
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 13:58:11

    Your quiche look amazing and I love cooking with gorgonzola. Apple is the perfect additional ingredient. I think 6 little quiche instead of one large quiche is perfectly fine. Your pastry looks divine.

  27. Three-Cookies
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 14:08:58

    Your departures are totally reasonable.
    Mini quiches have more crust, relatively speaking, not such a bad thing. Have a great weekend.

  28. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 14:54:37

    Yum, yum, yum, Yummy! These look amazing!

  29. Miriam
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 15:09:44

    Goodness, that looks and sounds amazing!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  30. robin
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 15:16:21

    Love the minis, they look fantastic!

  31. thebigfatnoodle
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 15:22:35

    Omg, these look seriously unbelievably good, I so want one!

  32. TrafficDiva
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 16:39:10

    These look great and tasty too! Is there any meat in there?? Look like a saw a little bit of ham, maybe?! Hmmmm…ham! =)

  33. Anita Menon
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 16:48:28

    Very tempting. The quiche is on my must make list for this year. I made one last year in haste and it did turn out alright. This year, I want to try out different quiches and with unique flavour combinations as yours.

  34. Inger Wilkerson
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 17:11:47

    What an interesting variation on traditional quiche! I may have to buy that cookbook!

  35. saffronandhoney
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 17:23:08

    I’m glad you are managing to fit the recipes into the ‘all Dorie’ dinners :). I don’t think that’s cheating haha and it looks delicious!

  36. Liz
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 18:54:01

    I love the idea of a big Dorie dinner every few weeks! Such a good excuse to have friends over! And I’m also a huge fan of your mini-quiches…they look fabulous!

  37. Ronda
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 20:03:51

    What an elegant meal you must of had!

  38. Betsy
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 20:08:05

    Lovely, lovely little tarts! I used plain gorgonzola too since I already had it on hand. I’m impressed (again) that you made the whole months’ recipes in one go.. I’m not quite that organized.

  39. Norma Chang
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 20:09:35

    I am for mini quiches, so much more elegant and easier to serve.

  40. rebecca
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 20:46:34

    looks great and why not adapt recipes to fit your needs “_)

  41. sanyaliving
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 21:03:54

    Your quiches look so golden and delicious! If I had little quiche pans I’d use them too! Very cute!

  42. Terra
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 21:20:14

    Your quiche looks so fluffy and cheesy, YUM! I am a huge fan of any quiche, love this flavor combination! Hugs, Terra

  43. Asmita
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 21:50:41

    The quiche looks fabulous!!

  44. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 22:46:42

    Oh how I LOVE savory baking! And these are just gorgeous! I am such a fan of gorgonzola….and paired with apples in this baked beauty! I absolute must try these! You did a beautiful job! : )

  45. Lindsey Kopfer
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 23:41:58

    Thanks for sharing the information with us.

  46. Sutapa
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 01:21:57

    I love your cute quiche minis… perfect piece of beauty!

  47. Cakelaw
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 04:01:34

    I am with you – I tend to make these recipes in batches when I get a chance. Your mini quiches look really good – a perfect starter for a dinner party.

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    Feb 04, 2012 @ 04:08:49

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    Feb 04, 2012 @ 05:04:44


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  50. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 08:05:26

    Oh My… apple and gorgonzola melted together in a pastry of deliciousness… be still my heart! πŸ™‚

  51. Parsley Sage
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 08:31:36

    It’s not cheating at all! It’s being efficient πŸ™‚ That’s how I do almost all of my posts. I just have one really busy cooking weekend and then I’m set for the month. These little beauties look fantastic! I really like the gorgonzola aspect

  52. Simply Life
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 08:56:21

    oh WOW! I am drooling over this!!!!!

  53. Elaine
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 09:07:12

    They look wonderful. When I first started cooking with the group I thought I needed to do the recipes each week and that I shouldn’t do them ahead, but I quickly learned that sometimes it just isn’t possible and you need to cook them when you have the time. I would much rather plan when I am going to make the recipes then feel rushed at the last minute although that happens sometimes as well.

  54. jora
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 09:18:10

    I love the mini quiches! They are beautiful, and it’s always so fun to serve individual-sized dishes.

  55. tsimmisthyme
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 11:21:17

    Your mini quiches are beautiful and look fuller than my one larger quiche. These would be great for a luncheon with friends. I found that they reheat wonderfully and are maybe even better that way which makes them perfect for company. I think it’s perfectly reasonable to make some recipes ahead; some weeks are filled with too many obligations to cook and take pictures. Someone even commented that they wrote their post ahead and then just waited to publish. Duh! Why didn’t I think of that.

  56. Kristen
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 11:49:12

    I really like the mini quiches. Having your very own quiche make you feel extra special, especially one as delicious as this!

  57. Adriana
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 12:01:44

    I hand pressed the dough – but then again I used a different recipe that did not require chilling. Don’t you just love those mini tart tins?

  58. Purely.. Kay
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 12:14:56

    WOW.. I am at a loss for words right now lol. This apple quiche looks stunning and so darn delicious. You really did a great job making this.. I am just so hungry now lol

  59. Betty
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 19:32:22

    I like the mini quiches best. πŸ™‚ The apple/gorgonzola combination sounds yummy!

  60. Jen at The Three Little Piglets
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 21:18:45

    I do the same thing (only not for FFWD)! I made like 7 things today and photographed them all to save time over the next two weeks. Life’s a little too crazy otherwise!

  61. peachkins
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 23:41:16

    I so love the sound of gorgonzola and apple together

  62. Beth
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 05:45:01

    This quiche recipe looks wonderful, and once again I think I should get a copy of that book. So many recipes look delicious! I’m a big fan of using the dishes I have on hand, rather than buying new ones.

  63. Ameena
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 10:23:10

    I love gorgonzola – as strong as it is. I’m sure that with the apples it just makes the most perfect quiche! Love this.

  64. foodfashionandflow
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 11:13:01

    Wow! Those look amazing! Yum!

  65. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 11:18:34

    I love the mini-quiches! I need to get some pans – I only have the big 10″ pan and the individual servings are so quaint! Didn’t you just love how this one tasted. PS, made the hummus the other day – couldn’t believe it was so easy!

  66. bakingaddict
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 12:32:01

    These look amazing! I love mini- anything. Did I read that right, apples and cheese? I’d love to try some πŸ™‚

  67. sally
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 12:57:25

    I would have never thought of adding apples to a quiche, but it looks fantastic!

  68. michelle
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 15:30:03

    Beautiful! πŸ™‚

  69. kyleen
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 16:05:42

    These look delicious! I love mini things. I actually have mini tart shells, but I only have four so I always have leftover pastry/filling when I use them. Gorgonzola and apple sounds like a wonderful combination.

  70. Baker Street
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 01:32:35

    An ‘all Dorie assignment’ sounds fun! the quiche looks soooo good.

  71. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 12:12:20

    These are only gorgeous, perfectly browned and cheesy and are really the best looking quiches I have ever seen. They could be quiche supermodels! I think making them ahead is perfectly fine. You are so cute that you think you are cheating!

  72. Elina (Healthy and Sane)
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 23:26:47

    I think making these babies ahead of time is genius – not cheating πŸ™‚
    I love love love tarts (esp. mini ones!) yet for some reason I’ve only made a tart once. So silly. Must change it soon. These look fabulous!!

  73. claire
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 09:33:08

    these are gorgeous! you really have taken this blog to a whole new level! woohoo!

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