Spinach and Pancetta Quiche
Healthy spinach and crispy pancetta make this quiche absolutely amazing
pie plate, tart pan or quiche pan, pie weights or similar
of fresh spinach
about 2 small bags. If you use frozen spinach, just thaw 1 box of spinach and proceed to the step about draining your spinach below.
shredded parmesan cheese, gruyere, or cheddar cheese.
I prefer Parmsan!
diced pancetta cooked well until crispy
Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees
Prepare your dough
If you are making your own pie crust
this is my no fail recipe
. It makes 4 crusts so you can half the recipe and get just two and freeze one for a later time.
Roll out your dough so that it is big enough to fit in your quiche pan and up the sides.
Gently lift the pie crust into your pan and press lightly in and crimp your edges, trimming any excess dough off.
Line the top of your dough with parchment paper or aluminum foil and top that with pie weights, dried beans or rice.
Place this in your pre-heated oven for 30 minutes to pre-bake.
After 30 minutes, remove from the oven and lift out your paper and pie weights carefully and let cool completely (about 20- 30 minutes.)
In a large saute pan, heat your olive oil over medium heat
add your pancetta and cook until crispy
After the pancetta is crisped up, remove from the pan and set aside.
In the same pan, add your fresh spinach and cook just until the spinach starts to wilt
Once it has wilted remove from the heat and place in a strainer.
With your spinach in a strainer, lightly press it down and let sit over a bowl to drain out any excess liquids and cool
While the spinach is draining and cooling, add your eggs, cream, milk, salt and pepper to a large bowl and mix well
Now add your cheese and reserved crispy pancetta to the egg mixture and mix it all in
Once your spinach is drained and cooled spread this mixture over your pre-baked pie crust evenly.
Now carefully pour your custard mixture over the top of your spinach in the pan.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until it starts to puff up a bit and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
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