Thursday, May 23, 2013

Spinach, Goat Cheese and Tomato Quiche - from the pantry


I'm feeling rebellious. I've been meaning to make a quiche for a few days but have no intention of following a recipe or making a trip to the grocery store before I start cooking.  Surely I should be able to fill a tart shell with what I have in the house and to make it sublime.  I need my taste buds to sing with pantry staples. Isn't that the way it ought to be? I think great cooking is all about being creative, inventive and using what you have and not being tied to a certain method or recipe. I don't want to be told what flavors work together, I want to look in my fridge and pantry and put them together my way and you should put them together your way - because from all the blogs I read I bet they'll be fantastic - here's my way!



Spinach, Goat's Cheese and Tomato Quiche.

For the pastry;

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of white wholewheat flour
Pinch of salt
8 oz of butter, cut into cubes
1 egg yolk
Up to 1 cup of cold water
A couple of sprigs of fresh thyme

OR:

use a ready made packaged pie crust

For the filling;

8 eggs
1 1/3 cups heavy cream
1/3 cup goats cheese crumbles
1 - 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
2 cups of baby spinach, roughly chopped
3-4 tomatoes, depending on size, cut into discs
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oven to 425F

To make the pastry, combine the flour, salt and thyme in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse a few times until combined.

Add the cubes of butter and pulse until you have the texture of coarse breadcrumbs.

Beat together the egg yolk and the water and add gradually while the processor is running until the dough just comes together, go slowly, you may not need all the liquid.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and bring together with a light knead.

Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.  I have left it overnight and it works fine the next day.

Roll out the pastry and line a 13 inch pie dish.  Spray a piece of aluminum foil with baking spray and place on top of the pastry (greased surface down) pour baking beans onto the foil, place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven, carefully remove the baking beans and foil.

Turn the oven down to 350F

To make the filling whisk together the eggs, cream, salt, pepper and fresh thyme.  Add the goats cheese and spinach and stir gently.  

Slice the tomatoes into discs and place in the bottom of the tart shell.  Carefully pour the egg mixture over the top.  Sprinkle a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese and a grinding of black pepper over the top.

Place the tart dish on a baking tray and put into the oven for 1 hour.  When ready the quiche will be beautifully golden and risen.

35 comments:

  1. Looks like I would love to eat dinner at you home. Quiche is my favorite food.
    Last night we had a clean out the fridge omelet--it couldn't have been better with a recipe. The fresh salsa made it!

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  2. I'm always looking out for new quiche fillings and although I'm not a fan of spinach as a side dish, I like it when added to a quiche - a great combination I imagine with the goats cheese.

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  3. Wow, now that looks amazing! Delicious!!

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  4. I love those refrigerator/pantry dishes! Your's is certainly a winner.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  5. Lovely quiche and I like all the ingredients in it!

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  6. aah! Mary this quiche look perfect and delicious, I love quiches!!

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  7. It's beautiful and sounds so tasty! I'm with you! I love to try to cook from the pantry instead of always running to the grocery! It feels creative and frugal, too!

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  8. Wonderful! These are some ingredients I know I would LOVE in my quiche!

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  9. That's a very beautiful savoury tart! Goat cheese and spinach...a wonderful flavour combo.

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  10. Ohh Mary se ve muy tentador esta quiche muy sabroso,abrazos y abrazos.

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  11. that's a fantastic looking quiche! nice flavours too, i wished sometimes i can be as creative as you :)

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  12. I absolutely love meals like this! I love how you created it with things you had on hand. I love spinach too.

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  13. I love quiche! Yours looks beautifully golden and so delicious! A great idea to clear some of the ingredients from the pantry! Love it!

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  14. There is nothing like a good quiche. I adore goat cheese, so I have no doubt that this would go quickly in my house. Thank you for sharing! I'll be making this soon!

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  15. Looks delicious. SPinach and goats cheese is my kind of combo

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  16. I love when you can open the fridge or pantry and come up with something so unexpectedly delicious! This looks and sounds fabulous, Mary. Although I am a sucker for anything with goat cheese!!

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  17. Goodness....Goodness....that sure looks delicious! Sure wish I had a mind like your's when it comes to cooking. You certainly do a great job of cleaning out the fridg and coming up with the best looking dishes ever... Yummmmmmy!
    shug

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  18. Bravo to you! It looks fantastic Mary. I love how golden and pretty it is on top with just a peek of the filling showing through. Let's have lunch!!! I'll bring dessert!

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  19. Hello! I have never prepared quiche. It looks like delicious. One the these days, I´m going to do it.
    Regards! A kiss!

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  20. Mmmm, quiche (read in Homer Simpson's voice)

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  21. I love making recipes from what I have on hand. This quiche looks excellent!

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  22. These flavors marry so well together. I love quiche and used to eat it all the time back in the 70s. I made one this past year and lived it. I think I will try your version soon, it sounds sensational and looks beautiful.

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  23. A delicious way if using your store cupboard ingredients :-) x

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  24. How cheesey and delicious looking!

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  25. Mary, you speak from my heart! Love that you did this quiche "your way"! And, yes, it does sound delcious with the addition of tomatoes, spinach and goat cheese! My kind of food!
    Have a fabulous long weekend with lots of food prepared "your way"!

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  26. Perfect looking quiche there Mary and those classic flavours are my favourite.

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  27. That is DEFINITELY the way it should be. Your quiche looks so beautifully puffed and inviting. And perfect ingredients...yum.

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  28. Now this is my idea of a quiche! Looks heavenly...

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  29. Keep up this rebellious attitude of yours!It leads you to fantastic results like this delicious quiche!
    Kisses,dear Mary!

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  30. I love using quiches and fritattas to use up whatever I have in teh fridge! Great pantry meal!

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  31. These flavors work for me! I love goat cheese and it's perfect in a quiche. :)

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  32. Finally got it. I was pressing the wrong button. Anyway, I wanted to show off your recipes to my tutor. Liked the putanesa (sp)....xx Rita

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  33. I love all these flavors together especially tucked inside a quiche! So delicious! Some of my pantry meals have been the best ever. I love cooking that way.

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  34. This is one of my favorite all time quiches! Wonderful recipe and thanks for the reminder to make this one soon!

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  35. Mary, this quiche is simply luscious looking! I am bookmarking it for a luncheon I will be doing the end of the month. Thanks for sharing!

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