This is what my family will be waking up to this morning. Breaking with my usual way of doing things, I will post this recipe in traditional format. Just don’t get used to it. However, as usual, feel free to play around with ingredients and amounts. Baking quiche is simple and very adaptable. A pie crust, 4 eggs, some cheese, some milk or cream, and an oven is all that is required. The rest is up to your imagination. This just happens to be how I made it this morning.
5 thin slices of ham
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups half and half
1/2 teaspoon smoked salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 large minced shallot
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
1 cup shredded Mozzerella
2 sliced cherry tomatoes
5 or 6 large basil leaves cut into chiffonades
1 (9 inch) deep dish pie crust
A pinch of the following: ground thyme, dried basil, smoked paprika
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Add a little butter to a small saute pan and sweat the shallots until just barely tender.
3. In a bowl, whip together eggs and half and half. Mix in the cheese, salt and pepper.
4. Rip the ham into bite sized pieces and use 1/3 to layer the bottom of the pie crust. Cover with a layer of the spinach, then evenly distribute the shallots. Add another layer of ham and spinach.
5. Pour the egg mixture over the top.
6. Top with remaining spinach and ham. Sprinkle remaining items (thyme, paprika, etc.) over the top, and arrange tomato slices around the top.
7. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees F for about 35 minutes until lightly browned. Let the quiche stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.
There are many ways to create variations on this quiche. Add some mushrooms, substitute bacon or pancetta for the ham. Instead of using smoked salt and smoked paprika, use regular salt and a pinch of nutmeg. That works especially well with swiss cheese. Just have fun adding your own favorite flavor combinations.