“Roma-what?”, I asked for the second time. M4P friend Mary Beth had to say it 3 times before I got it, “R-O-M-A-N-E-S-C-O! You know, that green fractal cauliflower that Rey eats at Maz Kanata’s place in The Force Awakens.”
I had never heard of it, and even though (at the time) I had seen the movie 3 times, I have to admit I had not even noticed that Rey ate in Maz Kanata’s Tavern and Castle. But as soon as Mary Beth got me up to speed, I was of course “all over it.”
After watching the scene more than a few times, my guess is it that Rey is served a raw fruit salad (with grapes or olives and romanesco, among other things) in a hollowed-out apple. But for all the raw veggies we eat at our house, no-one in our family voluntarily eats raw broccoli or cauliflower, so modifications had to be made. After some brainstorming and tinkering, I am proud to present: Maz Kanata’s Romanesco Apple Bacon Quiche!
Before you start following the recipe I should mention that this is a “recreation.” When I made it, I wrote it down in a Google Drive document, and at some point since then the cloud “ate” it, I guess it was a yummy recipe… So now I am trying to recreate it best I can. I apologize for any inaccuracies! (I will update as needed the next time I make them)
- 4 Red Apples (we used Honeycrisp)
- 1/2 Head of Romanesco Cauliflower
(or Romanesco Broccoli as it is also called)
- 6-8 slices Bacon
- 1 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar
- 1 Cup Shredded Parmesan (not grated)
- 1 Cup Cream (or half-and-half)
- 4 Eggs (lightly beaten)
- Pepper to Taste
- Metal Muffin Pan, OR Cookie Sheet and Aluminum Foil
- Steamer (helpful but not necessary)
- Assorted Pans, Bowls and Utensils
- Mix cream, eggs and cheese in a bowl – let sit while you prep the other ingredients.
- Wash the romanesco, and cut into smaller fractals (about 1.5″ tall).
- Steam on high for about 10 min. (Pieces should still be firm)
(You can also boil in a pot)
- Turn oven on to 350°F.
- Wash, cut and hollow out the apples:
Cut about 1/4 off the top (put those pieces aside).
Hollow out the bottom sections with a small spoon, leaving about 1/4″ of apple inside the skin. Be careful not to punch any holes!
Save all the extra apple pieces, you might need them later.
- Cook and dab the bacon with a paper towel to remove excess grease.
- Cut bacon into 1/2″ pieces.
- Place the hollowed-out apples in a muffin pan (if they are small enough) or wrap each in aluminum foil (leaving the top open). Put muffin pan (or the wrapped apples) on a cookies sheet to collect any bubbling over when cooking.
- Spoon the egg/cheese/cream mixture into the apples, layering with bacon pieces. Decorate each with a few tips of steamed romanesco.
- If there is any egg/cheese/cream mixture left over, spoon it in a second (greased) muffin pan, adding any leftover bacon, romanesco or apple pieces… these make great mini-quiches too! Just don’t cook them as long.
- Cook for about 30 – 40 min. The quiches should be golden brown and cooked through, but the apples should not fall apart.
- When serving, be careful so the apples don’t break.
It is important that you let the cheese/egg/cream mixture sit for a while. It will thicken up a bit, preventing it from leaking through any holes or thin spot in the apples .
The romanesco is really tasty! I love steamed broccoli, but really don’t like cauliflower at all. This tastes like neither, and makes a great side dish all on its own.
I find it very amusing that they use a fractal food in The Force Awakens, since the movie is almost a fractal in itself: a re-telling of a common story, which in turn is part of a larger repeating story arch. I would assume this is on purpose. If you have not read the Star Wars Ring Theory by Mike Klimo, you absolutely should. His theory (which could just as easily be called Star Wars Fractal Theory), talks about how the 3 original movies and the 3 prequels work together, how they mirror each other, and create a larger repeating story arc.