Turkey and Acorn Squash Quiche; the update

I thought I’d do something different….

Something with acorn squash….

We’re slowly getting to the end.  

Then we can start on the butternut squash.

(For a treat this week I bought some broccoli)

Acorn squash is a bit on the dry side which, apparently, made a difference in the cooking time of the quiche.  This was done in 30 minutes, rather than the usual 40.

As usual, we have a rice crust, much healthier than the traditional pastry… and easier too, especially if you cook the rice earlier. 

Use either brown or Basmati rice.

Turkey and Acorn Squash Quiche

Total time: 65 minutes 


  • Crust
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking brown rice
  • 1 cup chicken stock    to yield
    1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup (1oz, 30gr)  shredded cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Filling
  • 8oz (250gr) turkey, cut into bit-size pieces
  • 1 small acorn squash, cleaned and cut into 1″ slices
  • 3 shallots, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) cup milk
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) cup shredded cheese

Turkey and Acorn Squash Quiche


  • The rice:
  • Cook the rice in stock.
  • If doing in advance, refrigerate until needed. 
  • If doing now, spread the rice on a plate to cool for 5 minutes before making crust.
  • The crust:
  • Lightly whisk 1 egg. 
  • Mix cooked rice, cheese and egg.
  • Pat into a lightly oiled quiche or 10″ (25cm) pie plate, working it up the sides a bit for the edges. 
  • Bake in 400F (200C) oven for 10 minutes.
  • The filling:
  • Brush the acorn squash slices with oil, arrange on a baking tray and bake for 20 minute, until tender.
  • When done, remove squash and remove flesh from skin.
  • In remaining 1 tsp oil sauté shallots and turkey until shallots are tender and turkey cooked.  
  • Add paprika, oregano, and keep warm until needed
  • Whisk 3 eggs, mustard and milk together.
  • To assemble:  When crust is done, remove from oven.
  • Spread the squash evenly over the crust.
  • Spread the shallot / turkey mixture on the squash
  • Top with cheese.
  • Pour egg mixture over all and bake, 35 – 35 minutes, 400F (200C). When done the center should be firm or with a very slight jiggle.
  • Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before cutting.

I have a linen closet!

You have to understand that we have been living in this house for 4 years now.

Up until a year and a half ago we didn’t have any closets.  

Closets are not standard in big old stone houses.

For the last year and a half we’ve had two rather small closets in our bedroom…..

We were able to hang up our clothes (such a treat…. really)

We also had a tall cabinet in our bathroom where I could put towels and such.

That was it.

No ‘hall closet’ or ‘coat closet’ or ‘spare closet’ or whatever closet.  

That is all about to change:

My linen closet…


Yes, it will have doors on it some day, when he does all the other doors, but for now I can get the extra blankets, sheets, etc. out of the boxes they’ve been in for four years.

And then…..


Extra closets!  (I’m so excited – I have no idea what I’ll put in them!  Maybe we can hang up our coats!!!!!)


Here’s the deal with the pretty arrows:

The green arrow points to the back wall of the linen closet.

The purple arrows point to the regular closets – they’re wider than their door openings. The one on the right has his work light on inside.

The red arrow is an upper closet that we can use for stuff we don’t need often – as we’ll need a ladder to get at it.

Bet you never were this excited about a closet…..

4 thoughts on “Turkey and Acorn Squash Quiche; the update”

  1. Oh, Katie, how I envy you your closets!! I have exactly two closets: one kind-of walk-in in the bedroom and one coat-cleaning-appliances-spice-rack closet under the stairs. I don’t complain (much) though because I do have hot and cold running water AND propane in the house, which was woefully lacking for a month. Ah retrofitting: It’s the little things.
    I do like your turkey and squash quiche combo and love the rice crust. I also like a barley crust. Enjoy your closets!

  2. You are so lucky – storage and wardrobes are not standard issue with little Art Deco cottages either. This house has ONE built in – perhaps originally was a linen closet but now houses/hides a big central heating pipe. I am slowly having built in wardrobes put in by builders but I don’t think my lust and longing for storage space will ever be satiated.

  3. I actually bought my house because it had amazing closets and storage spaces. I never thought I would be able to fill them up but within a year or two they were packed. My theory is that the stuff inside reproduces when the doors are closed.

  4. Christine, and I thought everyone on your side of the pond had lots of closets.
    manningroad, I am lucky…. I admit it. There is just no way to put built in closets in stone walls. New walls, on the other hand…..
    Zoomie, stuff expands to fill the space – just like work expands to fill the day…. LOL

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