November 08, 2010

Beetroot and Haloumi Quiche

I often look for recipe ideas with just one ingredient in mind, like a certain vegetable or a grain, then think of ways to cook it, what to combine it with, etc. I was browsing through my seemingly endless recipe collection when I found a recipe for a beetroot and haloumi quiche I had stashed away sometime ago. I thought it sounded like a winning combination: the sweet and earthy beetroot pared with the salty squeaky haloumi cheese? Sounds perfect to me!

But to make the recipe a bit healthier I first had to drop by at the health food store and get some organic whole spelt flour, and then make another trip to the store to get more beetroot as I realised I didn't have quite enough to make this quiche. As with my previous quiches, I wanted to make a healthier crust and also a healthier filling, so I left out the cream and used a low fat haloumi. What's the verdict? My partner and I both loved it and thought the flavours really work well together!

Beetroot and Haloumi Quiche
(Recipe adapted from this Finnish recipe)

(Recipe adapted from My New Roots)

2 cups whole spelt flour
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup cold water
pinch dried rosemary
pinch Himalayan pink rock salt


1 tbs olive oil
300g beetroot, coarsely grated
150g low fat haloumi, cut into small cubes
1/2 tsp dried sweet basil
ground black pepper

3 large free-range eggs
1 1/2 cups low fat milk

To make the base, place the flour into a bowl. Add salt and rosemary and mix them with the flour. Add the oil and water and combine into a smooth dough. Roll the dough into a large round disk, then lift on top of a quiche dish and mould into the dish. Using a fork prick the base and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

For the filling, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan. Add the beetroot and cook for a few minutes until soften. Add the haloumi and season with basil and black pepper. Cook for a further few minutes until the cheese has soften, then set aside to cool.

Blind bake the base in 180C for 15-20 minutes or until browned and crisp. Whisk the eggs with the milk in a separate bowl. Take out the blind baked base (remove the baking beads), and fill the cavity with the beetroot filling. Pour the egg-milk mixture on the filling evenly and bake for a further 20-30 minutes or until fully set. Set aside to cool. Serve with leafy greens.



  1. i looooove haloumi! wouldn't have thought to use it in a quiche yum!

  2. What an unusual/great idea to use beetroot in the quiche. And adding haloumi would make anything taste good!

  3. This looks like such a creative and delicious quiche. You have used my favourite ingrediants in this too. Love the presentation!

  4. I never had imagined putting beetroot in a quiche, but it looks great

  5. Ohh never thought of beetroot and haloumi together! And I always think of eating haloumi grilled as it is or maybe with a small salad. Always love the stuff you produce =)

  6. Beetroot and Haloumi what a fabulous combination, I would never have thought to put these 2 together. This quiche looks delicious! Thanks for sharing, I will have to give it a try :)

  7. That looks fantastic Maria! And beetroot and halloumi would really go well together with the sweet and earth beetroot and the salty halloumi! :D

  8. I've never thought of putting beetroot in quiche!! I don't eat beetroot that much, but it sounds delicious and I love the dark colour of the beetroot in the quiche. And this looks delicious too!

  9. Beetroot and haloumi are two of my favourite things so this is like PERFECT for me! I have grilled/fried haloumi quite a lot, and also bake beetroot a lot, but you know what I miss? A good slice of ol' beetroot in a burger! Bring me a McOz!

  10. Hey Maria! This is beautiful quiche. I love beets and I'm going to trust you on the haloumi;-)
    p.s. I do that same routine in my mind about an ingredient sometimes...

  11. This looks beautiful I am a new follower and look forward to seeing more of your recipes!

  12. Gorgeous quiche! I never would have thought to pair beets with haloumi but I bet it's really delicious!

  13. mmm this quiche looks awesome! i couldnt agree more ... what a great flavour combo!

  14. What lovely colours - it looks so delicious. I'd like to give this a try and will be bookmarking it. I can taste the cheesiness and earthy beetroot right now.

  15. I love both beetroot and haloumi but never thought of putting them in a quiche together! Can't wait to try this.


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