Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Spinach, Bacon and Blue Cheese Quiche

The sharp tang of blue cheese and salty bite of bacon is what makes or breaks this recipe. I discovered this the hard way. I used packaged crumbled blue cheese and turkey bacon the first time I made it. There was no amount of hot sauce or ketchup that could give it enough flavor to qualify as passable.

I immediately consulted some of my more knowledgeable cheese fiend friends to do some trouble spotting. I thought I needed to use a blend of cheeses to enhance the flavor but could not figure out what would compliment the blue cheese. I’m pleased to report that the delectable Tenaya of Madame Fromage came to my rescue. Turns out the major culprit was the packaged crumbles. Tenaya suggested I pick up a chunk of Maytag blue cheese, create my own crumbles and give the recipe another try.

I suspected that another issue was the lack of fat contained in the turkey bacon. Don’t get me wrong. I love turkey bacon as a side dish or on a sandwich but it gets lost when it is mixed in with other stronger ingredients. I decided to abandon any effort for this recipe to be healthy and switched from turkey bacon to regular bacon.

The two changes completely altered the quiche. It went from forgettable to fantastic. DO NOT SKIMP ON THE CHEESE in this recipe. Also, embrace the salty, fatty joy of saturating this dish with copious amounts of regular bacon.

Adapted from Mr. Breakfast

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Spinach, Bacon and Blue Cheese Quiche

INGREDIENTS:

1 deep dish pre-made pie crust

1/2 pound (approximately 8 slices) bacon – cooked crisp and crumbled

1/2 pound Maytag or other quality blue cheese, crumbled

3 large eggs, beaten

1 cup half and half

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

8 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oven to 425 degrees.

Par-bake the pie crust by placing it in the oven for about 5 minutes until just lightly browned. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees.

Scatter the bacon pieces over the bottom of the pie crust. Sprinkle the cheese crumbles evenly over the bacon.

In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, half and half, spinach and all spices. Stir well to combine.

Slowly, pour the liquid mixture evenly over the ingredients in the pie crust.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let the quiche set for 10 minutes at room temperature. Slice into wedges and serve.

Servings: 6

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33 Responses to “Spinach, Bacon and Blue Cheese Quiche”

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    Alan Cooke — June 22, 2011 @ 10:13 AM

    Yum,Yum,Yum…looks delicious!! You had me at bacon =) but add blue chz & spinach, and I’m ready to eat!!! @alanecooke

    • Wendy replied: — June 22nd, 2011 @ 2:37 PM

      Alan I love bacon. It truly makes everything better. The blue cheese was quite tasty in this too.

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    jen @ one curly fry — June 22, 2011 @ 10:30 AM

    Okay, this looks absolutely amazing!! I just wish my other half liked blue cheese :) Maybe I’ll try it with a really good Sharp Cheddar. Hmmm.

    I’m totally hooked on Smoked Bacon and I think that would be delicious in this!!

    • Wendy replied: — June 22nd, 2011 @ 2:37 PM

      Jen I’ll have to try making this with smoked bacon. Bet it would taste delish. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — June 22, 2011 @ 11:09 AM

    Love this. Great flavors!

    • Wendy replied: — June 22nd, 2011 @ 2:38 PM

      Thanks Lisa!

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    Mike@The Culinary Lens — June 22, 2011 @ 11:40 PM

    On a diet and you are going to make a quiche and you have to choose between good cheese/ good bacon and crumbles and turkey bacon just choose a smaller slice of the good stuff.

    This looks so good

    • Wendy replied: — June 23rd, 2011 @ 6:49 AM

      Mike I agree with you. Having a lot of something that doesn’t taste that great isn’t worth it. A little slice of the good stuff is so much better.

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    January — June 23, 2011 @ 5:39 AM

    your quiche got me drooling.. it looks heavenly!

    • Wendy replied: — June 23rd, 2011 @ 6:50 AM

      Janis it makes me hungry every time I look at the first pic and remember how good it taste on that first bite. Yum.

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    Carolyn — June 23, 2011 @ 6:26 AM

    I love quiche, it makes such an easy meal, and the flavours in this sound amazing!

    • Wendy replied: — June 23rd, 2011 @ 6:50 AM

      Carolyn the flavors really worked well together. Bacon makes everything better:)

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    JenniferA — June 23, 2011 @ 8:10 AM

    Oh. Oh my. I am sooooo hungry right now reading this! Very interesting on the good cheese making such a big difference. Good to know!

    • Wendy replied: — June 23rd, 2011 @ 9:55 AM

      Jen it’s amazing how much switching out the cheese altered the taste. I love cheese crumbles and use them all the time but I don’t think that they have a strong enough flavor for a dish like this.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 23, 2011 @ 10:54 AM

    I’m not usually a big quiche lover but this looks delicious! I love the combo of blue cheese and bacon:-)

    • Wendy replied: — June 23rd, 2011 @ 11:48 AM

      Lauren the blue cheese and bacon really kick this up a notch. Bacon is magical as far as I’m concerned.

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    Chef Dennis — June 23, 2011 @ 11:29 AM

    what a gorgeous quiche! Blue cheese and bacon, just count me in, I love that combination!!

    Would love to get together for lunch sometime and say hello, have you had any more meetups?

    Dennis

    • Wendy replied: — June 23rd, 2011 @ 11:57 AM

      Dennis I would love to get together. Just sent you an email with some info. Hope you can make it!

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    RavieNomNoms — June 23, 2011 @ 3:33 PM

    That is a beautiful looking quiche!

    • Wendy replied: — June 24th, 2011 @ 6:08 PM

      Thanks!

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    Peggy — June 24, 2011 @ 10:51 AM

    So glad that this recipe went from drab to fab! Can’t wait to try it out =)

    • Wendy replied: — June 24th, 2011 @ 6:09 PM

      Peggy let me know how it turns out. Embrace the cheese and fatty goodness of the bacon!

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    Veronica Gantley — June 24, 2011 @ 12:44 PM

    I love your pictures and your quiche. If I remove or substitute the bacon, it would make a great lent meal.

    • Wendy replied: — June 24th, 2011 @ 6:10 PM

      Veronica you can substitute the bacon with shiitake bacon. Tastes amazing.

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    Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos — June 24, 2011 @ 2:00 PM

    Looks amazing! I might have to try this recipe this weekend. Wendy – I can’t even begin to tell you how stellar these photographs are!

    • Wendy replied: — June 24th, 2011 @ 6:11 PM

      Thanks so much Aly!

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    Liz — June 24, 2011 @ 8:25 PM

    Wow, that’s one incredible quiche! Love these flavors…mmmmm.

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    Carrie — June 25, 2011 @ 8:04 PM

    Made this for a birthday breakfast this morning, and it was INCREDIBLE!!! Thanks for the posting.

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    patsyk — June 27, 2011 @ 9:41 PM

    There are definitely times when you don’t want to skimp on ingredients or try to make something healthier. This sounds like an amazing quiche and worth a splurge!

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    Eliana — June 30, 2011 @ 3:06 PM

    Gorgeous!!! I adore quiches and the blue cheese in this one sounds divine!

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    Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshAir — July 7, 2011 @ 7:51 AM

    Beautiful! I might exclude the bacon and have to give this a try. Great photos.

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    Emma — January 3, 2012 @ 5:59 PM

    Looks so yummy that i googled the recipe bits i didn’t understand, Aus and NZ: oven temps are 210o then down to 190o (approx) about 200g of blue cheese size 7 eggs and ‘half and half’ (which i initially thought was a typo) is half whole milk and half single cream. wish me luck :)

    • Wendy replied: — January 3rd, 2012 @ 6:01 PM

      Good luck Emma! Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions or have problems converting anything else.

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