Friday, May 27, 2011

Spinach Mushroom Quiche

Quiche (pronounced Keesh) is a savoury, delicious egg filling baked in a pie crust. I used to make this very often and would use the store bought pre-made pie crusts which just need to be filled and baked - (Make sure there is no lard in the ingredients if you are vegetarian). But this time, I thought I'd try my hand at making the pie crust myself. It came together very easily I thought - the only mistake I made is that instead of weighing the crust down with some beans (in order to blind bake), I just decided to dock them (prick them) with a fork and that was not a good substitution apparently because it puffed up in some places. Otherwise this is an easy, delicious recipe.

Play around with the stuff you add to the quiche.. i stuck to spinach and mushroom and added a top layer of parmesan crusted tomatoes but you can add whatever floats your boat to get a different version each time.

SPINACH MUSHROOM QUICHE


INGREDIENTS:

For the Pie crust
All purpose flour - 1.25 cups
Cold Butter - 7 tbsp, cubed
Cold water - 2 to 3 tbsp
Salt - half tsp



For the Filling


Spinach - 3 to 4 cups, fresh leaves, chopped (or use frozen)
Fresh White Mushroom - 1 (8oz) pack, cleaned and sliced

Red onion - 1 medium, chopped
Garlic - 4 to 5 cloves, chopped
Red Chilli flakes - 1 tsp
Tomato slices - 5 (optional)
Eggs - 4
Milk - 1 cup (whole milk preferred)
Shredded Cheese - 1.25 cups (I used pepper jack)
Parmesan Cheese - 2 to 3 tbsp (optional)
Salt & Pepper - to taste
Nutmeg powder - 1/4 tsp
Dried Italian herbs - 1/2 tsp
Olive oil - 1 tbsp, divided

Method:
1) For the crust: I used my food processor. Combined the flour and salt. Make sure that the butter is super cold (put them in the freezer for about 10 mins) . Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add water a tablespoon at a time & continue pulsing until it just becomes to come together. Remove from the food processor, bring the dough together gently, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for atleast an hour.

For the filling:

2) Heat half tbsp olive oil in a pan, add garlic flakes and chopped onion with some red chilli flakes and saute till softened. . Add a pinch of salt and the chopped spinach at this time and cook until wilted.


3) Heat the remaining olive oil, add the sliced mushrooms and allow them to cook down without stirring too much. Flip and cook until browned with a bit of salt. Cooking them separately makes them nice and caramelized.


4) Beat the eggs in a bowl and whisk in the milk, nutmeg powder, salt & pepper to taste & dried italian herbs. Stir in the cooled down spinach mixture and the mushroom with about a cup of the shredded cheese.

5) Roll out the refrigerated pie crust to a thickness of 1/4 inch, to a circle slightly bigger than a pie pan. Transfer to the pie pan and crimp the edges... Blind bake this (Cover pie with parchment paper and add uncooked rice or dried beans to about 2/3rds - this will make sure that the crust doesn't puff up too much. Please note that the rice/beans cannot be cooked once used for blind baking, however it can be stored and re-used for blind baking at a later date) at 375 F for about 15 to 20 minutes or until half baked and not moist.



6) Allow to cool a bit and remove the beans or rice used. Now pour the egg-vegetable mixture to nearly the top. I added a layer of sliced tomatoes and sprinkled parmesan cheese on them. Sprinkle the 1/4 cup of remaining shredded cheese uniformly over the quiche.


7) Return this to the preheated oven at 350F and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 15-20 minutes before slicing in.

20 comments:

  1. Yum yum, quiche are always our family fav, lovely toppings..

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  2. super yum and wonderful combo of toppings

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  3. Wow! I love the cheesy-ness! So irresistible!

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  4. Yummy dish.. I love anything with cheese... Very heart warming:)
    Reva

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  5. Loved the combo.
    First time here.
    Do visit mine when time permits.
    Thanks

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  6. Nice combination for the quiche...looks very tempting

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  7. Never tried baking a quiche yet,looks so tempting with those cheese,nice combo of spinach and mushroom in it!

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  8. Looks really delicious..love 2 hv a slice..:)

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  9. Looks really delicious laavanya...Saw this recently in priyas blog too...temptimg me ;)

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  10. Looks delicious Laavanya. This has been in my try list forever. Got to give it a go.

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  11. Making pie crust is as easy as this, i did not know. The quiche looks inviting with the vegetables and cheese topping.

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  12. That would be a filling dinner too, i love quiche :)

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  13. I haven't made quiche in ages :-) Love this combo of spinach and mushroom!

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  14. I'm so glad I found your blog. This look yummy and I knew and have most of the ingredients. Will definitely try this.

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  15. I made this as crustless and simply love the taste. Will try with crust as well, Quiche has always been my fav :)

    Happy to follow u :)

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