Ostrich Egg Quiche

A curious ostrich in Oudtshoorn, South Africa
A very curious ostrich coming too quickly towards me

Have you ever seen a smart design and it just stuck with you for years?  My mom and I were in Taos, New Mexico circa 2012 and this restaurant had these gorgeous chandeliers made of duck eggs. 

Fast forward 8 years, my husband and I went to Oudtshoorn, South Africa a small town known for the caves, rock climbing, and ostrich farms.   Small pad stalls sell ostrich meat, ostrich omelets, and beautifully etched ostrich egg souvenirs.  The ladies on the street sell brightly dyed ostrich feathers (unless I have missed the unicorn ostriches) and hollowed ostrich eggs at 50 rand per egg.  Farms and the local grocery store will sell their ostrich eggs for anywhere from 59 – 90 rand per egg. 

Using both arms to carry four of these large eggs after making ostrich egg quiche.

Years later, I can now attempt my egg inspired chandelier vision.  1 egg will not do, I need 4 – making us the proud owners of roughly of 96 chicken eggs.  So, what do you do with 4 ostrich eggs? 

Ostrich egg quiche for a crowd sounds good with 2 eggs down and 2 to go.

INGREDIENTS

2 casserole pans and muffin tins filled with delicous ostrich egg quiche lorraine and broccoli cheddar quiche
measuring eggs to milk for quiche.
1 ostrich egg 2 parts milk

The Base

  • 1 Ostrich Egg
  • Milk or heavy cream
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Pre-made shortbread crust
  • Butter for the pan

Eggs vary in size, a good measurement for quiche is 1:2. In this case would be 1 cup egg to 2 cup dairy

The Fillings

  1. Broccoli and Cheddar
  2. Mushroom and Brie
  3. Ham, Mushroom, and Brie

I made all fillings with sautéed onions

the ingredients for ostrich egg quichesL  1 ostrich egg, pastry, brie, broccoli, onions, cubed hame, mushrooms, cheddar, milk

EQUIPMENT

  • Small hammer
  • Long spoon or knife
  • Large mixing bowl or container for egg yolk
  • Oven safe pans

METHOD

  1. Wash the ostrich egg
  2. Give the ostrich egg a good shake
  3. Gently tap each end of the egg with a hammer blowing the shell remnants off
  4. Poke through top and stir up the yolk
  5. Flip and poke other side holding over a bowl
  6. Blow hard (think biggest Easter egg ever)
  7. Mix 1 cup egg to 1 cup milk or heavy cream
  8. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg
  9. Preheat oven to 190°C/ 375°F
  10. Roll out dough
  11. Grease pan and line with dough
  12. Bake as per instructions
  13. Cool pie crust
  14. Lay fillings of choice at the bottom of pie crust
  15. Pour egg mixture on top
  16. Bake at 190°C/ 375°F for 40-50 minutes until center is set
  17. Poke center and when knife pulls out clean let sit for 15 minutes
  18. Slice for a crowd or wrap and freeze for later

How to open an ostrich egg

Prep the fillings for ostrich egg quiche

Broccoli and Cheddar

  1. Boil salted water and blanch broccoli for 2 minutes
  2. Drain and rinse
  3. Grate cheddar cheese
  4. Sautee onions

Mushroom and Brie/ Ham, Mushroom, and Brie

  1. Sautee onions
  2. Sautee mushrooms in EVOO
  3. Season with salt, pepper, and thyme
  4. Strain with slotted spoon
  5. Thinly slice brie
  6. Cube Ham

Ostrich egg tips and facts

1 ostrich egg = 24 chicken eggs

Ostriches will lay eggs in a communal nest called a dump nest that can hold up to 60 eggs and nested by both the males and females.

It the largest of any living bird with eggs averaging 6 inches in diameter and weighing in at a whopping 3 lb. 

Ostrich eggs will keep for roughly 4 weeks at room temp and 6 weeks refrigerated.

Once opened eggs will keep in an airtight container for roughly 4 – 5 days.

Curious about other South African recipes check out Peri Peri Prawn Dip, Boerewors Cassoulet, or Wildebeest Stew

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