It's finally cool enough that I don't mind turning on the oven for awhile. Last weekend I was in need of a quick supper so I whipped up a spinach quiche. This recipe is perfect for a company lunch or, with a side of soup or salad, it's just fine for dinner.
The nice thing about this recipe is that it is very versatile. While I used spinach, you could just as easily use fresh or frozen broccoli. If you use broccoli, parboil it for a few minutes. You could also use fresh zucchini. In that case, I suggest you sauté the zucchini when you cook the onions.
If you have any leftover ham, you can throw some of that in, but I would then cut back on the veggies; say maybe, a cup of chopped ham and a cup of broccoli. Hmmm ... sounds yummy!
For this recipe, however, I just used spinach. What I did though, however, to make it a wee bit healthier, was substitute the high fat cream and milk with soy milk. You could also use almond milk.
While in a side-by-side comparison to the high fat version the change might be obvious, I don't really notice much difference. It might be a little thinner or take a little longer to firm up in the center, but other than that, an easy and flavorful substitution.
Like I said earlier, this was a quick supper, so I used a pre-made frozen pie shell. If I had more time, I would have definitely made a crust from scratch.
Oh, and if you've ever heard the saying "Real men don't eat quiche," I'm here to tell you that's definitely not true! My husband loves it.
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
1 cup milk
1 1/2 to 1 cups Swiss cheese, grated
2 tablespoons flour
1 frozen pie shell (or a homemade one if you prefer)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Drain spinach and squeeze out excess water. Sauté chopped onion. Mix grated cheese with two tablespoons of flour.
Beat eggs, add milk, a dash of salt and a dash of pepper. Add cheese and onions and mix well. Stir in spinach. Pour into a pie shell. Jiggle to distribute evenly.
Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 15-20 minutes; turn down the heat to 350 degrees, and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Total baking time should be 30-40 minutes.
Quiche is done when no liquid is showing in the middle and the center is puffed up and firm.