Bacon & Spinach Quiche
May turned out to be an insanely busy month. There was our annual spring ballet and all of the preparation, a new floor installed in the studio, my birthday, and finally an exciting unexpected delivery to our house.
I tried to keep up with everything: taking care of the kitties, keeping the house clean, occasionally interacting with my boyfriend, and blogging. I tried to cook and write posts, I really did….but I failed and was not able to finish anything. I’m pretty sure there was an entire week without cooking, AT ALL (Blasphemy for a food blogger). But summer is now underway and I can yet again attempt to settle back into a regular cooking and writing schedule.
When my schedule becomes that hectic, I try to fall back on cooking meals that are second nature and will last for several days. One of my favorites is quiche. I find it very versatile; it can be served at any temperature for any meal without feeling forced (like leftover pizza). It isn’t fussy and really only requires eggs, pie crust, and some sort of milk/cream. The filling is totally whatever you’re in the mood for (and/or what’s in the refrigerator).
I really like quiche for entertaining guests as well as for my personal enjoyment. I think over the past five years quiche is by far the most commonly served item we have company for breakfast/brunch. I know of at least one co-worker who is a huge fan. If I tell her I’m bringing in leftover quiche, she walks into work with fork in hand.
The quiche recipe takes about an hour from start to finish. As I’ve stated earlier, the filling possibilities are numerous and up to the cook. I have included my most often used filling for this recipe. I believe this is a classic combination. I think its Chris’s favorite combo as well (though I’m sure he’d be happy with no green stuff whatsoever). I am sure Roz and Tchai could join Chris and forgo the green ingredients.
Bacon and Spinach Quiche
Makes one 9-inch deep dish quiche
1 – 9 inch Deep Dish Pie Crust
3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
4 Slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled
a Pinch of Salt
20 Grinds Black Pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
4 Ounces Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup Frozen Spinach, defrosted and the Water squeezed out
Pre-heat the oven to 400 Degrees. Place the pie crust in the pre-heated oven and partially bake for 7 minutes. While the crust is baking, whisk the eggs, cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg together. Pull the pie crust from the oven and let cool for a minute or two. Layer the bacon, spinach, and half the cheese on the bottom of the crust. Pour egg mixture over bacon, spinach, and cheese mixture. Top the quiche with the remaining cheddar. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 45 minutes until the quiche is settled.