Saturday, November 26, 2011

Bacon, Mushroom and Spinach Quiche with a Cheddar Cheese Crust

I hope that all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving are having a wonderful holiday weekend! We've had a great one so far... feeding the homeless in Philadelphia, a great Thanksgiving dinner with my husband's aunt and uncle and family, watching Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, getting out early in the morning on Black Friday to get a start on Christmas shopping, decorating the Christmas tree and getting the house ready for the holidays, and eating all those wonderful Thanksgiving leftovers, of course!

Are you craving something a little lighter after all that holiday food?! If so, a slice of this quiche with a side of some salad is a good option!

BACON, MUSHROOM AND SPINACH QUICHE
WITH CHEDDAR CHEESE CRUST

YOU WILL NEED:

QUICHE CRUST
4 1/2 oz all purpose flour
4 oz (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 - 2 tbs ice water

QUICHE FILLING
1 1/2 cups milk
3 eggs
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tbs grated parmesan cheese
6 slices bacon, cut into chunks
1 heaping cup fresh baby spinach
5 oz mushrooms

DIRECTIONS:

1. Start by preparing your crust. Combine flour, cheddar cheese and butter until well mixed. While mixing, add 1 - 2 tbs ice water to bring your dough together. Once you have your dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, prepare your filling. Cut the bacon into chunks, and cook it in a pan (you don't need to spray the pan as the bacon has enough fat of its own!) until it gets nice color, then place it onto some kitchen paper towels so you get rid of some of the grease. Slice your mushrooms, and saute them in the same pan. Once they are done, place them on a paper towel to get rid of the fat too. Saute the spinach in the pan for a couple seconds (just until it wilts slightly) and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together 3 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk, and salt, thyme and parmesan cheese. Set aside.

4. Take out your dough, and roll it out between two sheets of plastic wrap so that it's large enough to fit into a 9-inch pie dish. Spray the dish with cooking spray, then transfer the dough into it, folding in any overlapping pieces. Prick with a fork, then chill for a couple more minutes. Preheat your oven to 350 deg F.

5. Spoon the bacon, mushrooms and spinach onto the crust, then pour the egg/milk mixture over it. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes. Serve with salad, or add to your brunch table!

HAPPY COOKING, EVERYONE!

How many of you put your Christmas tree up already? We decorated ours yesterday, and now I'm trying to finish decorating the rest of the apartment! I can't believe this coming Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent! Hope you are all enjoying this holiday season!

Decorating the Christmas tree...

This is our third Christmas as a married couple! Can't believe how fast time flies!

Have a great rest of your weekend, Everyone!

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1 comment:

  1. Your quiche looks soooo good! Got my tree about half decorated, hope to get all of it done by tomorrow.

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