I originally started this blog as a place to store tried and true recipes for my family. It didn't take long to discover how supportive and fun the blog community was and I became hooked! I rarely create my own recipes, but I still hope you'll enjoy the recipes that I find and tweak a bit.
After a lot of contemplation, my husband and I have concluded that we eat enough eggs in this house to make it worth owning a few chickens. Seriously, if the end of days were to come, we will have to be sure to have a cellar packed with nothing but eggs, and perhaps a bit of chocolate, and we would be just fine. Every single morning all of us enjoy eggs, cooked a variety of different ways. My son relies on them so much that if for whatever reason he misses them in the morning, he will insist on eating them for lunch.
So when I sat this savory pie in front of them and told them it was "egg pie," there was rejoicing around the table, and everyone ate happily ever after.
The flavors in this are just lovely, slightly smoky, and ever so creamy with the smoked Gouda. The spinach gives it a perfect pop of color and texture that really brings it all together. I served this with a salad and sauteed veggies for a delicious meatless meal.
Spinach and Smoked Gouda Quiche
From The New Way to Cook Light
(Be sure to either start the crust early in the day so it can chill, or make the night before)
6 tablespoons butter softened
2 tablespoons 1% milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
3 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup 1% low-fat milk
3/4 cup grated smoked Gouda cheese
3/4 teaspoon salt
dash of grated nutmeg
3 large eggs
1. To prepare crust, place butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Combine 2 tablespoons milk, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and egg yolk in a small bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add milk mixture to butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add flour to milk mixture; beat just until combined. Press mixture into a 4-inch circle on plastic wrap cover. Chill for 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 350°.
3. Unwrap and place chilled dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough into a 10-inch circle. Fit dough into a 9-inch pie plate. Freeze 15 minutes. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.
4. To prepare filling, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onions; saute 5 minutes or until tender. Add spinach, saute 2 minutes.
5. Combine 1 cup milk and next 4 ingredients (through eggs) in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in spinach mixture. Pour filling into crust. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes.