I know it’s Christmas time in a minute but that’s not an excuse to eat huge, festive cuts of meat for the whole December. Not for me anyway, since I’m not the biggest meat eater. So this is my idea for a rather cheap, easy to make dish, while our poor stomachs are getting ready for the holiday abuse.
I first learnt about quiche when I moved to Ireland many years ago but quiche actually comes from France. It’s a very light milk, cheese and egg concoction, usually in a form of an open faced pie. The crust is not supposed to be made out of potato but I never have time or patience for making crust, so sometimes I make my quiche completely crustless and now also with potato. Quiche can be made with many ingredients and this recipe is only one, simple way to make it. Google it and you’ll find a whole world of quiche if you don’t already know it. This is my take on it, anyway, with only a little meat and a lot of spinach – just how I like it.
1 large baking potato or two medium ones
1 3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 cups or 2 handfuls of chopped spinach
1 compressed cup of grated cheese
a couple of broccoli florets
3 slices of ham, chopped
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
a pinch of nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 220C/425F.
Slice the potato thinly and use the slices to create a ‘crust’ inside the baking dish.
Spray with cooking oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 20 minutes while preparing the rest of the dish.
In a bowl, with a hand whisk blend milk and flour. Add eggs and use an electric whisk or a hand whisk if you’re the patient kind to foam and aerate the mixture. I had a very good result after 2 minutes with an electric mixer.
With a spatula, gently fold in the cheese, spinach, ham, herbs and spices.
Take the potatoes out of the oven and turn the oven down to 180C/350F.
Pour the mixture into the crust and top with broccoli florets. Push them into the quiche so that they cook rather than burn in the oven.
Bake for an hour or until springy to the touch.
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