Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
Made for RSC Contest Numer 11, January 2008. This Spinach Quiche has an extra dimension to it... Wine ! It's a Grown Up sophisticated version that has oodles of flavour with simple ingredients and, allows the hostess to appear to have worked for hours, when in reality, it throws itself together so easily, that it could almost be embarrasing if anyone cottened on. With this recipe and it's French influences you can take your fork, close your eyes and imagine yourself in sunny Provence what ever the weather where you are today.
- 1⁄2 cup white wine (Sauvignon Blanc)
- 4 large shallots (peeled and sliced)
- 1 1⁄2 lbs fresh spinach (700grams)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper (freshly ground)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3 cups gouda cheese (shredded)
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 5 eggs (beaten)
- 1⁄4 cup sun-dried tomato (very finely diced)
- 1⁄4 cup pine nuts (un-toasted)
- Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C).
- Pour the white wine into a very large saucepan, or soup pot. Add the peeled and sliced shallots, salt and pepper, and gently saute until they begin to soften.
- Add handfuls of the fresh spinach and keep turning it over as it cooks, you want to gently wilt it and have it reduce to about half it's volume, but NOT to be cooked down to mush. This should only take about 2-3 minutes for all of the spinach.
- Pour all of the spinach/shallot mixture into a large mixing bowl, and let cool a little. (You will have some wine left in the bottom of the pan, and yes, it goes into the mixing bowl too).
- While the spinach is cooling, beat the five eggs in a seperate bowl.
- The add the flour to the spinach mixture and mix it in well, then add the Gouda cheese, milk, the finely diced sundried tomatos, and finially the beaten eggs. Mix well.
- Pour the mixture into a shallow quiche dish approx: 11 inches x 1 1/2 inches deep (27 cm x 4 cm deep) that has been sprayed with a small amount of baking spray.
- Sprinkle the un-toasted pine nuts on the top of the quiche and bake at 375 F (190 C) for between 45-55 minutes. To test that it is cooked, a wooden skewer should come out clean and the top will be a little puffed up and golden brown.
- Serve warm and enjoy the sublety of the wine flavours as they compliment the rest of the spinach quiche.
I scaled the recipe down by two thirds, and made it in a smaller, glass dish. The result seemed to be a kind of baked omelette which was really rather nice. The dish I used was about 2cm deep so the quiche took 30 minutes to cook, although I did grill it at the end to finish cooking the top. I served it with some steamed vegetables. Edited to add: It's possibly even more delicious served cold the next day!
Considering all of the changes I made, this was an amazing quiche. It was so simple to put together since it required not crust! I used egg beaters, skim milk, and grape juice instead of wine, and frozen then thawed spinach. I made these in mini muffin cups since I was only cooking for two tonight. I froze the extras so I can have a quick and tasty breakfast in minutes after a quick nuke in the microwave.
Very tasty quiche! I used egg beaters and half gouda/half fat-free cheddar cheese to reduce fat and calories in this dish, other than that I didn't make any changes. I must say that it took me closer to 25 minutes to prep everything for this dish. I enjoyed the sun-dried tomatoes in this recipe and think they were a fine addition to this cheesy spinach quiche. Oh, and next time I'd only use 2 tablespoons pine nuts, they seemed a little too overpowering to me. Made for Please Review my Recipe game.