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Tomato and Anchovy Quiche

This has a lovely Mediterranean flavour and tastes very good eaten out of doors on a hot summer's day.

 Tomato and Anchovy Quiche

  Serves 4 as a main course

 1 ready-to-bake shortcrust pastry case, or shortcrust pastry made with 6oz/175g plain flour and 3oz/75g fat
 1 tablespoon olive oil
 2 medium onions, peeled and finely chopped
 1 clove garlic, crushed
 11/2 lb (700g) tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and chopped
 1 teaspoon dried basil, or a few sprigs of fresh basil
 2oz (50g) tinned anchovy fillets
 3 tablespoons tomato puree
 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
 2 large eggs
 1oz (25g) black olives, pitted and halved
 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
 salt and freshly milled black pepper
 Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4, 350°F (180°C).
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Begin by lining a 10 inch (25cm) flan tin with the pastry, prick the base all over with a fork and pre-cook it on a baking sheet for 15 minutes. Then remove it from the oven and increase the heat to gas mark 5, 375F, 190C. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium saucepan and cook the finely chopped onion and crushed garlic over a gentle heat until softened but not coloured. Then stir in the chopped tomatoes and basil and cook, uncovered, over a fairly high heat until the mixture is reduced to a thick consistency and most of the excess liquid has evaporated. Now drain the anchovies, retaining the oil from the can. Chop up 6 anchovies, then cut the rest in half lengthways and keep them on one side. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the 6 chopped fillets, tomato puree and parsley; then beat the eggs together in a basin before stirring them into the tomato mixture. Taste and season with pepper and a little salt if it needs it. Now spread the mixture evenly in the pre-cooked flan case and decorate the top with a latticework of the remaining halved anchovy fillets. Then sprinkle over the pitted, halved black olives. Sprinkle the surface with the oil retained from the anchovy can and finally with the Parmesan cheese. Now bake for 40 minutes until the filling is puffed and is a light brown.


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