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Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomato Quiche

Our first feature from Bowie Patch's newest columnist Chef Danielle. Have a question about cooking? Leave it in the comments!

As a personal chef, cooking instructor and food writer, I make my living coming up with creative and delicious meals for individuals and families alike. Professional experience aside, I’m still a busy working mom who’s often stymied by the age-old question—“What’s for dinner?”

When I get caught in a dinnertime dead zone, I turn to recipes that will please the palates of both my husband, who’ll eat just about anything, and my kid, who can be the pickiest of eaters.

I also strive to satisfy my own tastes for extraordinary food that is as delectable as it is simple. These are the kinds of recipes I’ll share weekly in this column.

I also welcome your questions about cooking, food and recipes.

Quiche is a terrific option for a hearty and flavorful meal that can be customized to suit any tastes. It’s like a culinary blank canvas. This recipe calls for fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and parmigiano reggiano cheese, but you can substitute any cheese, sautéed veggies or cooked chicken, shrimp or crabmeat to create your own perfect quiche.

They’re a great way to incorporate more veggies into my daughter’s diet—if I chop them up and sauté them, she doesn’t even know they’re in there. I serve quiche with a salad for a filling and easy to put together dinner.

Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomato Quiche

Serves: 8

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 frozen 9-inch pie crust (buy the kind already in the aluminum pie tin)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 3 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1¼ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper

Here's how to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Thaw the pie crust until it’s soft enough to prick the bottom and the sides with a fork. (The tiny holes across the surface of the crust will keep the crust from bubbling up when you bake it.) Bake the crust until it starts to brown, about 15 minutes. Remove it from the oven and set it aside.
  3. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Melt the butter in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sprinkle them with a pinch of salt. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until they’re soft and translucent.
  5. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and the spinach and cook until the spinach wilts, about a minute. Take the pan off the heat and set it aside to cool.
  6. Whisk the milk, eggs and cheese together in a medium bowl. Add a tiny pinch of the nutmeg and bigger pinches of the salt and pepper.
  7. Spread the cooled spinach over the pre-baked pie shell. Pour the milk mixture over the spinach.
  8. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the quiche is golden brown and firm in the center.
choosejoy February 17, 2011 at 04:41 PM
I enjoy eating quiche but have never actually made one - this looks like a good quiche to start with! I'll look forward to seeing more of your recipes. :-)
Danielle Turner February 17, 2011 at 07:22 PM
Hi Ann! Quiche are great for all-in-one dinners. This one is meatless, but you could easily add diced cooked chicken or even shrimp to this. Let me know how yours turns out!
Anita Watts Real Estate February 17, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Oooh this looks scrumptious! I love spinach AND tomatoes...can't wait for a slice of this quiche.
Joy Jensen February 19, 2011 at 04:42 AM
I like the part where you trick your daughter into eating healthy...clever mommy chef!
choosejoy February 26, 2011 at 02:11 AM
Finally got a chance to try it out last night. Yummy! I didn't have enough sun-dried tomatoes so I through in some mushrooms. We finished it off in one sitting, even the kids liked it. :-) It was less dense than other quiche dishes I've eaten, more fluffy. So glad we tried it - thanks!
tim nona September 21, 2012 at 04:24 AM
are these dehydrated sun dried tomatoes, or the kind that are packed in oil?

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