by KACI HANSEN
Every St. Patrick’s Day, horror fans around the world indulge in corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread… and one particular horror film franchise: Leprechaun.
In the 1993 film, Dan O’Grady finds himself terrorized by the angry titular beastie, after stealing its pot of gold. He manages to trap the leprechaun in a wooden crate topped with a four-leafed clover, where the creature remains trapped for ten years. In my Leprechaun-inspired Cursed Clover Crate Quiche, a mixture of Irish cheddar, Guinness®-sauteed onions, potatoes, and kale are all mixed together and trapped beneath a “crate” of flaky crust and topped with a four-leafed clover. If you’re a carnivore, you can also throw in a little cooked corned beef or Irish bacon. Enjoy alongside your favourite pint, and one of the many films in the franchise!
Leprechaun Cursed Clover Crate Quiche
- 2 9-inch refrigerated pie crusts
- 2 C. Irish cheddar, grated
- 1/2 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 C. Guinness® stout
- 1 C. kale, chopped
- 1 small potato, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 large eggs
- 4 large egg whites
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- Brown & green gel food coloring
- Paint brush
- Sharp knife
- Small heart-shaped cutter
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a 9-inch pie plate with one of the pie crusts, pressing to fit. Prick the bottom with a fork, and weight the pie crust down using pie weights (or line with parchment and fill with dry beans) and bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove from oven, and reduce oven heat to 375°F.
- Lightly oil a large skillet; add onions and cook over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the Guinness® to the pan and cook until all liquid is absorbed.
- In a separate lightly-oiled skillet, add diced potatoes. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes longer.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites and heavy cream. Stir in the cheese, onions, potatoes, kale, salt, and pepper.
- Place pie plate on a baking sheet, pour filling into crust, and bake for 35-40 minutes, until filling is set.
- While the quiche is baking, cut the remaining pie crust into 1.5-inch strips, using a sharp knife to add texture to resemble wood planks. Using brown gel food coloring and vodka, paint the strips in varying shades of brown. Arrange the strips on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and trim to fit your 9-inch pie plate. Use the heart-shaped cutter to make a four-leafed clover, and use green gel food coloring and vodka to paint it green. Bake all pieces at 375°F for 12 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before carefully placing on top of your baked quiche.
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