A couple of years ago, my friend Sarah took me to a charity lunch and they served a deep dish quiche that was both beautiful and delicious. I wanted to make my own deep dish quiche, so I combined a Martha Stewart filling recipe with a pie crust recipe that has never let me down. I also used a springform pan rather than a shallow quiche pan. If you want to make a quiche in a regular quiche pan, this recipe makes two quiches.
Quiche can be eaten warm or at room temperature. I live on the edge, so I leave my quiche on the counter for up to a day but the USDA recommends refrigerating your quiche within two hours of baking.
If you want to crisp up the crust after the quiche has cooled, put it in the oven and let it warm for a few minutes. Here is my recipe.
Recipe: Spinach and Gruyere Quiche Filling
1 T. butter
3 Minced shallots
2 Handfuls of baby spinach leaves (stems removed, spinach leaves chopped)
8 oz. Gruyere cheese (grated)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Basic pie dough
8 Large eggs
3 C. half-and-half
1/8 t. ground nutmeg
Directions: (Quiche Filling)
Melt butter in a large skillet and saute minced shallots for a couple of minutes. Add a couple of large handfuls of chopped spinach to the pan with the shallots and continue to cook until spinach is wilted. Salt and pepper the spinach as it cooks. Using a colander, drain spinach and shallot mixture and squeeze to remove as much liquid as you can from the spinach. Set aside to cool.
Whisk eggs, half-and-half, nutmeg, 1 t. salt and 1 t. pepper together in a large bowl.
Here is the link to the original quiche filling recipe from Martha Stewart:
Here is a recipe for the quiche dough.
Recipe: Pie Dough
2 C. all-purpose flour
1 t. salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, frozen and cut into 6 pieces
1/3 C. very cold water
Directions: (Quiche Crust)
Use the knife blade in your food processor. Add flour, salt and butter to processor bowl. Process until particles resemble coarse crumbs (about 15 seconds). Add cold water to bowl all at once. Process dough until it begins to clump and forms a ball in the processor bowl (about 20-30 seconds). If your dough does not form a ball (I’ve never had this happen!) , remove from processor and form a ball of dough with your hands. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes in your refrigerator. After the dough is chilled, remove from refrigerator and roll out on a floured surface (sprinkle some flour on top of your dough to keep it from sticking.). Drape dough on your springform pan and, using your fingers, gently fit the dough to the pan. If you have extra dough sticking up above the side of the pan, use a paring knife to cut the overhang off. You need to blind bake the crust before adding the filling. Line your dough with parchment paper and pour pie weights or dry beans onto the parchment paper. Bake in a preheated 475 degree F. oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and remove parchment and weights. (Note: Dried beans can be reused as pie weights. Don’t throw them away.)
Directions: Baking the Quiche
Set your springform pan on a large flat tray and fill your crust with a layer of the spinach and top the spinach with a layer of grated gruyere. Next, pour egg and half-and-half quiche filling into the crust on top of the spinach and grated cheese. Setting the filled quiche pan on the flat tray keeps the filling from leaking out onto the floor of your oven. Believe me, this is a good thing. Bake quiche for 55-60 minutes at 350 degrees F. until center of filling is just set. Let quiche stand for at least 15 minutes before serving.