Hearty Bacon Spinach Quiche
Quiche is one of those recipes that is tucked away in the back of the recipe box. I often forget about it, but when I do make it, I fall in love all over again. What I love most about quiche is that it can go from breakfast to dinner merely by switching up ingredients. I use to make it regularly but with us cutting down on dairy, it is one of the things that had to go. I have a feeling that may change after making this recipe.
Quiche is the perfect dish to serve during your Easter morning brunch, after all, it is eggs. When I am making it for brunch I like to keep the ingredients simple as they are in this recipe. I loaded it with meaty pieces of bacon, Swiss cheese and fresh spinach. The spinach makes me feel about about over indulging in bacon fat and cream! If, I was going to serve this for dinner, I would add some spice such as sauteed jalapenos and crumbles of goat cheese. Another favorite of quiche at our house is a blue cheese and mushroom version; loaded with flavor and perfect for a winter evening. But, this recipe is a classic and simply served for brunch it is a winner.
A couple key points when making a quiche, you can make your own pie crust or to save time pick one from the frozen food section. Just be sure to pre-bake it (and let it cool) before adding the filling. If, I am serving a hungry brunch crowd, I like to make the quiche a bit thicker but baking it in a pie pan. Otherwise, for dinner, I would use a quiche pan.
As well, I like to layer the filling, by putting the meaty bacon mixture on the bottom and then pouring the egg mixture over the top, this seems to help prevent the crust from getting soggy. If you have the luxury of making this quiche the day before serving, do so. When I have time to do this step, I under bake it by 15 minutes. Then I let it cool on the counter before slipping it into the refrigerator to sit overnight. Then I just warm it up for 15 minutes before serving. The texture firms up a bit more when sitting overnight, and the flavors play around together by creating a more flavorful experience.
Are you planning an holiday brunch this weekend? Why not add quiche to the menu? I have a feeling even the Easter Bunny will be happy that you did.