Smoked salmon quiche offers a unique addition to Country Haven’s St. Patrick’s Day meal

This tasty quiche was so good, its creator, chef Sarah Montgomery, entered the recipe in OMNI’s March Madness challenge

Back in March, Almonte Country Haven chef Sarah Montgomery wanted to serve something different to residents of the Lanark County long-term care home on St. Patrick’s Day.

What she came up with was a delicious smoked salmon quiche that was served in addition to the corned beef and cabbage and Irish stew that’s normally served for the occasion.

While Sarah says smoked salmon “can be a little intimidating for the older generation,” especially if they’ve never had it before on its own, but the familiar taste of eggs and other ingredients modifies the taste and creates a delicate flavour that goes well when paired with the side salad she serves it with.

“I found that the salmon with the fresh herbs, Dijon zing and savouriness of the sautéed onions, all comes together perfectly and the pairing salad with it (makes it) yummy,” Sarah says.

Sarah enjoyed making her smoked salmon quiche for residents so much that she entered it in OMNI Health Care’s March Madness recipe challenge.

To create this quiche, Sarah first makes a pastry from flour, water, shortening, salt and vinegar. The filling is made from a combination of eggs, sautéed onions, smoked salmon, chives, Dijon mustard, fresh basil and whipping cream.

Chris Weber, OMNI’s operations manager of nutrition and food service, says the March Madness contest, which saw 16 recipes compete in a bracket contest where votes were cast each week between April 14 and May 6, was close.

The winning entry was a Mediterranean omelette, created by Josephine Goddard at Country Terrace, which won “by a very thin margin,” Chris says.

OMNI launched the first annual March Madness recipe challenge in March in recognition of Nutrition Month in Canada.

Chris came up with the idea to encourage nutritional care managers and cooks to showcase their most-loved recipes and to highlight the high-quality meals served in OMNI homes.

Throughout March, nutritional care managers and cooks prepared their favourite meals, plated them and took photos that were sent to head office. The photos were accompanied by the name of each meal and its recipe.

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