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The Ease of Quiche

Spinach Use 300x186 The Ease of Quiche recipe of the week Marinella Pollo Mangiamo  photoAs grandparents anxiously wait to embrace their grandchildren on Christmas morning (and parents frantically fight traffic to safely deliver the kids to their eager destinations) I am leisurely waking up with my cup of joe, and comfortably planning and awaiting my turn to entertain and enjoy gift giving with family. Why my lax attitude, you ask? The ease of quiche!

I pop a couple different variations in the oven while I prepare my side dishes (our traditional meal also includes grilled chicken sausage and pineapple skewers with fresh fruit and bagels—the kids discovered the delight of mascarpone cheese on their bagels this year, as well); and when ready, my quiche is just as delicious out of the oven, as it is a couple hours later at room temperature. If the kids are running late—no problem!

The jolly man in the red suit parked the sleigh, and kicked off his boots for this year, but come 2014, you’ll thank me when you find this Spinach and Feta Quiche entrée option in your recipe box.

Ingredients (Serves 6):
1 frozen pastry shell (thawed and prepared according to directions)
2 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 small white onion, finely chopped
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 (6 ounce) container crumbled feta with Mediterranean herbs
¼ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
4 eggs, beaten
½ cup milk
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Melt butter in a medium skillet over a medium-low flame, then sauté garlic and onion until golden brown.  Add the mushrooms, increasing the flame to medium, and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.  Stir in spinach, feta, and Cheddar cheese; remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk; season with salt and pepper to taste. Evenly spoon spinach mixture into pastry shell.  Pour egg mixture into pastry shell allowing both mixtures to thoroughly combine.

Bake for 55 minutes, or until set in center.

 

Relax, and wait for company to arrive!

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You can find more of Marinella and her recipes at her blog, PiazzaPress.blogspot.com.

Explore and learn about her cookbook You Never Grow Old at the Dinner Table at SpadaBooks.com.

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