Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Spinach, Mushroom, Turkey Bacon, Feta Quiche

I’ve been wanting to make a quiche for quite some time, and I’ve had an extra whole wheat pie shell in my freezer for too long. A quiche is a great meal because it’s really adaptable to what you have on hand. I couldn’t really find one specific recipe I wanted to follow, so I used this Health magazine recipe as a guide. If you check out that recipe you can see I didn’t follow it too closely! I’m not one that’s big on making up my own recipes, because so often I’d rather follow one, and have a little more confidence that it will turn out right. But I’m really glad I went for it with this recipe. If you’re like me, and timid with your skills, a quiche is a great dish to experiment with. Step out of your comfort zone, and try it! Or, if you’re not ready for that just yet, follow this recipe, because I can assure you, I wouldn’t change a thing about it! This one’s a keeper.

The flavors in this went very well together. Feta has a great salty flavor, and the spinach and mushroom have an almost savory sweet taste. Both The Boy & I love turkey bacon, and it’s all we eat now. I wasn’t sure how well the flavor would stand up in this dish, but I think it was pretty pronounced. A perfect combo. YUM!


(PS. I think it’s really funny that the Health magazine recipe calls for Wholly Wholesome pie shell, that’s the exact kind I had. They’re made without artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or additives, hydrogenated fats, oils or trans fatty acids, refined sugars or synthetic sweeteners, bleached or bromated flour. And I really like that. Plus, they taste awesome! I always use them in my Caramel Apple Crumb Pie.)

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Spinach, Mushroom, Turkey Bacon, Feta Quiche

Ingredients:

1 store-bought frozen pastry shell, such as Wholly Wholesome brand
5 slices turkey bacon
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cups chopped spinach
1 cup chopped mushrooms
2 eggs
3 egg whites
2/3 cup half & half
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°. Bake pastry shell for 8-10 minutes or until browned. Remove shell from oven, and set aside. Leave oven on.

Chop turkey bacon and saute in a skillet over medium high heat until slightly crispy. Remove from pan and set aside.

Heat oil over medium to medium high heat. Add onion, saute 2-3 minutes until tender. Add mushrooms & spinach. Saute 4-5 minutes until spinach is soft. (Mine got a little watery, so I kept it on heat until most of the moisture had cooked out.) Add turkey bacon back to the pan and stir to combine well.

In a bowl beat eggs, egg whites, and half & half (I did this in my Magic Bullet Blender, and then poured it in the bowl). Season with salt & pepper. Add in veggie/bacon mixture and stir to combine. Add feta, stir to combine, and pour into pie shell.

Bake 20-30 minutes or until completely set, and slightly golden & crispy on top.

Inspired by: Health Magazine

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*PS. Leftovers smell and taste DELICIOUS!*

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9 Responses to “Spinach, Mushroom, Turkey Bacon, Feta Quiche”

  1. 1
    themilkmanswife — June 10, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

    Oh yum! I've been wanting to try a quiche for a while too. This looks soooo good!

  2. 2
    Kerstin — June 10, 2009 @ 4:50 pm

    How funny – I just made a quiche with spinach, mushrooms, feta, and turkey bacon for Mother's Day! I know it's delicious 🙂

  3. 3
    elly — June 10, 2009 @ 7:39 pm

    This looks great. I've never seen that pie crust before but I'll have to try and find it!

  4. 4
    Erin — June 10, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

    This looks delicious! I love that combination of flavors.

  5. 5
    Kristen — June 11, 2009 @ 8:58 am

    mmmm I've been wanting to make a quiche too! I think i'll have to try this one! I'm getting tired of my scrambled eggs, or my breakfast sandwiches (although they are delicious)…and ever since we had the quiche at Jamie's I've been wanting to try it out for myself. I'll let you know how mine turns out when i make it!

  6. 6
    Amanda — June 11, 2009 @ 7:51 pm

    I am a big fan of quiche. I am sooooo making this tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. 7
    Colleen — June 12, 2009 @ 10:16 am

    This looks delicious – great flavors for a quiche!

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