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Recipe: BRUNCH WEEK: MUSHROOM AND FONTINA QUICHE

Brunch -- that magical meal that combines breakfast and lunch -- is one of the best excuses to sit around and lazily enjoy a weekend morning. This week, we'll share new recipes for your next brunch gathering. This one comes from epicurious.com and was originally published in this month's issue of Bon Appetit. It can be served with a salad for dinner as well.

INGREDIENTS

1 refrigerated pie crust (half of 15-oz. pkg.)

2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter

2/3 cup chopped shallots (about 3 medium)

5 cups sliced assorted mushrooms (such as chanterelle, stemmed shiitake, oyster, crimini, and button; 12 to 14 oz.), large mushrooms halved

4 large eggs

2/3 cup half and half

1/3 cup whole milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated or ground nutmeg

1 1/2 cups (packed) coarsely grated Fontina cheese (about 7 oz.), divided

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 450. Unroll crust completely. Press firmly onto bottom and up sides of 9-inch-diameter deep-dish glass pie dish. Bake until light golden brown, pressing on sides of crust with back of spoon if crust begins to slide down sides of dish, about 17 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.

Meanwhile, melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots; saute until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms; sprinkle with salt and pepper and saute until mushrooms are tender and beginning to brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer to plate; spread out to cool slightly.

Whisk eggs, half and half, milk, 1/2teaspoon salt, 1/2teaspoon pepper, and nutmeg in large bowl to blend. Stir in 1 cup Fontina cheese and sauteed mushrooms. Pour filling into crust. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese over quiche.

Bake quiche until puffed, golden brown, and just set in center, about 45 minutes. Cool 30 minutes. Cut into wedges. Makes 8 servings.

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