Quiche Power! For a better tomorrow!

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” David Mamet

Primal Smoked salmon quiche

Primal Smoked salmon quiche

For the 5th year in a row, pie-crazed characters gather together in our community to celebrate National Pie Day with a rousing auction and wrap-your-face-around-a-pie feast to Benefit “Lower Nehalem Land Trust” (LNCT)and “Food Roots” of Tillamook. It is time to eat pie to make the world a better place. I think that is the best idea ever!

National Pie day is actually January 23rd but the event will be held on Saturday January 26th at Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church Community Hall at 7 pm. National Pie Day was put it on the calendar in our community by pie lover, Lorraine Ortiz. Five years ago, she started the event that gets the community to bake tons of pie, eat tons of pie and support a good cause. There is a $5 donation at the door that includes the exciting and mouthwatering pie auction then to follow, an all-you-can-eat Pie Feast. (BTW the event was a smashing success! My pie sold for $85! WOOT!)

Bidders looking at the pies to bid on at Pie day

Bidders looking at the pies to bid on at Pie day

I will not be attending this year’s pie extravaganza due to the fact that I have officially lost 30 pounds since last January first! YES!! And pies aren’t exactly in my plan… on any level. I only have 5 more pounds to lose to get to my first goal and I will not go to a pie feast, I’m sorry, not for any cause. BUT! I did sign up to make a pie for the good of all.

I am going to make my caveman hubby’s very favorite smoked salmon quiche. If he needs cheered up because a cavebear smashed his favorite club, this is the trick to do it. It proves that real men do LOVE quiche. But there was a problem… it is in a very SAD (Standard American diet) crust and I got to thinking… (about here hubby grunts with despair) How about a sweet potato crust?? (He breathes a sigh of relief)

Online, I did a bit of creative research and voila! Found the solution. So I made a primal quiche for us and the standard crusted affair for the fund-raiser. The primal quiche turned out so delicious that I actually like it WAY better than the old version! Surprise! Caveman hubby mowed through 3/4 of it before dinner. I’m lucky I got any. In fact, guess what I made today? Another one! We are about to dive into it, right now. Yes, you can have your (primal) pie and eat it too.

Primal smoked salmon quiche

Primal smoked salmon quiche

Smoked Salmon Quiche with a savory sweet potato crust
To make this paleo cut out the cheese and add coconut milk instead of the milk.

The Crust
1 sweet potato, sliced into thin rounds, Enough to cover the bottom of the pie pan twice.
2 eggs
1/4 cup of cream or half & half
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary minced
1/3 cup of gruyere cheese (or swiss cheese)
Pinch of salt and pepper”
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Layer the bottom of you lightly grease deep dish pie plate with two layers of the sweet potato slices. Sprinkle the rosemary on the sweet potatoes, then whisk together the eggs, cream. Pour onto the sweet potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pop in the oven to bake for 10 minutes, bring out of the oven and cover with the gruyere cheese and bake for 5 more minutes. Continue with the……

The quiche
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup 2% or whole milk
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of dried dill
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1 tablespoon of capers, drained
1-3 garlic cloves, pressed
2-4 oz of cream cheese, crumbled into bits
4 oz of smoked salmon broken into bits
1/2 cup of thinly slice green onions, (use the whole onion)

Whisk the eggs, milk, mustard and spices up into a froth in a medium workhorse of a bowl. Add the garlic and cream cheese and mix in. Sprinkle the bottom of sweet potato crust with the salmon. Pour the egg mix over top and a little dried dill for beauty. Bake this creation at 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees until center stops wiggling when you touch it and a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Serve after it has set for about 20- 30 minutes. (I know, I know it’s hard to wait!) It is really very good cold, served with a lightly dressed salad to celebrate pie day!


  1. Melissa says

    This is awesome! As a casserole loving girl from the Midwest, pie (or quiche in this case), I love anything I can make ahead and eat more than one day.

    Also, I have a question about National Pie Day. Is that official, or something someone made up? I suppose I could do a search online, but I’d much rather hear your take on it. And the Fundraiser – What a smashing idea! This is one I would love to pass on my group of believers!

    Can’t wait to try the recipe!


    • ziabaki says

      Yes, Pie Day is an official day set about by the National Pie council, so not government of course. National Pie Day occurs on January 23. This should not be confused with Pi Day which the U.S. Congress recognizes as March 14. Some people I know celebrate pie day on pi day, ya know 3.14. Yes, it is a great fund raiser of an idea. They raised over $3000 this year! WOOT!

  2. says

    Saw your blog on the contributor list over at foodee and decided to check it out – NOT disappointing 😀

    How much did the National Pie Day Action end up raising and where does it get donated?

    This pie looks amazing – I am not surprised it went fro 85$!

    Keep up the amazing recipes.

    • ziabaki says

      It ended up raising over $3000 this year! Woot! The money went to two organizations, one is a local land trust and the other a local organization that promotes growing your own food and feeding the underprivileged good healthy food. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. Laura M says

    Holy freaking amazing quiche. I love quiche and as I’ve recently started eating more paleo/primal, I’ve been very sad without my crusts. This really satisfied those urges. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • ziabaki says

      I know! I couldn’t believe how good it was! In fact I think it is better than the traditional one. Thanks for letting me know.

  4. says

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    a couple of questions for you if it’s allright. Is it only me or do some of these remarks look like they are written by brain dead folks? 😛 And, if you are posting on additional sites, I’d like to
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    • ziabaki says

      I know, I’ve finally figured out those are probably foreign comments trying to direct traffic their way and no longer approve them. I don’t have any Facebook site for the Cavewoman set up yet. That is on my to do list. Stay posted. Thanks for coming by.

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    I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying reading your blog. You mentioned you are 5 pounds from your goal weight, can you tell me if you did anything other than paleo to get there? What exercises are you doing and how does your knee feel with the replacement?
    Thanks again for your great blog!!

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