One of my favorite meals to deliver to a family is quiche. I am reminded that “real men don’t eat quiche” but I haven’t met a man yet who won’t at least try it. It’s just eggs in a pie! Now, mix in some sausage and spice and I get a better review from men than when it’s just vegetables. But quiche is fun because you can mix in whatever you have ~ be creative!
I’ve always just used a Pillsbury pie crust for my quiche. This week I decided to make an almond crust by inspiration from a friend. Then I was digging around and discovered that instead of heavy cream mixed with my eggs I could use Greek yogurt – less fat, more protein!
The basic idea with quiche is eggs, cream, cheese, and goodies. For this one, we’re going to use what’s in the fridge. I bought a bag of onions at Costco this month. Great value, but there are about 10 HUGE onions, so I keep looking for reasons to use them 🙂 I caramelized about 1/4 cup sliced onions. I cooked down a cup of spinach and diced 10oz ham.
But use what you have – sausage, asparagus, broccoli, chicken, etc. Saute most vegetabls so they don’t remain too watery in the eggs. Then when it comes to cheese, classic quiche is usually with Swiss or Gruyere, but I prefer monterey jack, cheddar and this time, I used an herb goat cheese (from Trader Joes). So on with the recipe.
Spinach, Onion, Ham Quiche with Goat Cheese
1/2 large onion, finely sliced and cut again into about 1″ pieces
1 cup spinach, chopped
1 Tablespoon olive oil
10 oz ham, diced
Pie crust (see Almond crust)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
4 oz herb goat cheese
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp pepper
2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 tsp smoked paprika
Prepare all of the pieces in advance if you need to so all you’re doing is mixing and cooking. Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Saute onions until they darken, soften and begin to caramelize. Chop spinach and mix in with the onions until it reduces to about 1/2 cup vegetables. Set aside. Dice ham. Set aside.
Prepare crust and press into pan. Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes until it is slightly darkened. Turn oven down to 350. Stir together 1/2 cup Greek yogurt and eggs with some salt and pepper. Mix in 4 oz goat cheese until crumbled and combined.
Sprinkle 1/4 cup shredded cheddar in bottom of pie crust. Top with “goodies” and pour in egg mixture. Carefully move to oven and bake in a preheated oven (350) for 35 minutes. If it is especially full, you may bake it on a cookie sheet, just in case it overflows! After 35 minutes, pull out the quiche and sprinkle Parmesan cheese and smoked paprika. Bake another 10-15 minutes until eggs are set in the middle.
Let cool about 10-15 minutes. Serve. Enjoy.
Printable Recipe: Spinach, Onion and Ham Quiche