Kitchen Table: Wild Greens Quiche with Sage Crust

Serves 6

Milkweed flower buds available a few weeks earlier in the season are a fine, broccoli-like substitute for the milkweed pods. If wild greens are not available, you can substitute chopped spinach. The use of cottage cheese reduces the number of eggs otherwise needed.


  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

1. Mix together the liquids first, then add the dry ingredients. Press into a 10-inch pie pan. Bake 5 minutes in a preheated 425°F oven.


  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup grated gruyère cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups 1-inch milkweed pods, cut in half and parboiled
  • 1 cup loosely packed chopped lamb’s-quarter leaves
  • 2 eggs plus two additional egg whites
  • 2 ounces small-curd cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon each fresh basil, ­tarragon, and oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1. Lightly sauté the onion in the oil (do not brown), and place in the baked pie shell.

2. Next, add half the grated cheese, then all of the milkweed pods and lamb’s-quarters.

3. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, egg whites, cottage cheese, herbs, and salt and pepper.

4. Pour the egg mixture over the ingredients in the pie shell and top with the remaining grated cheese.

5. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes. If the top of the quiche browns too quickly, cover it with aluminum foil and continue baking. Let the quiche stand for a few minutes before serving.

Courtesy: Mariana S. Tupper, Newcastle, Maine

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