Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mediterranean Quiche

Quiche... when's the last time you had some? Many tend to think of quiche of a brunch dish  but it shouldn't be limited to only that time of day. It's great for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Another reason why I happen to be a quiche fan is that it allows for some delicious creativity. You can incorporate a slew of flavors with a good quiche base and its easy to do too. I recently made this Mediterranean Quiche that's full of spinach, sun dried tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese and dotted with sliced black olives. The combination of ingredients was a nod to popular ingredients often found in Mediterranean cuisine...


For this quiche, I used frozen spinach which was thawed and squeezed of any moisture. This is key so that the bottom crust doesn't get soggy. The easiest way to this is to place the thawed spinach in a piece of cheesecloth, gather up the ends and wring it completely. You can use either sun dried tomatoes that are dry or packed in oil. Just be sure to blot any excess oil if using those packed in oil. Lastly, if you wanted to add more protein, I suggestion chopped chicken breast which pairs well with these ingredients.


Mediterranean Quiche
recipe adapted from AllRecipes

1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
1 10oz package frozen spinach, squeezed of all moisture
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, finely chopped
4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk (any kind will do - whole, 2%, 1%, skim)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup sliced black olives


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Prepare a pie plate with the pie crust.

Place the sun dried tomatoes and spinach into the prepared pie plate. Sprinkle 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese over the spinach mixture. Season with salt and pepper.


In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into the pie crust over the spinach mixture. 

Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle top with the olives and bake an additional 15 minutes, until set in center. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.