Our Mushroom, Gruyère, and Spinach Quiche is a 317-calorie slice of heaven that's worthy of a starring role on your spring brunch menu.
5.6 ounces unbleached all-purpose flour (about 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons ice water
3 center-cut bacon slices
1/4 cup chopped shallots
1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
2 cups packed baby spinach
1 cup 1% low-fat milk
1/3 cup half-and-half
3 large eggs
1 large egg white
2 ounces cave-aged Gruyère cheese, grated
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 425°.
Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and baking powder in a food processor; pulse 2 times to combine. Combine oil and 3 tablespoons water. With processor on, slowly add oil mixture through food chute; process until dough comes together. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 1 minute. Press dough into a 5-inch disk; wrap in plastic wrap, and chill 20 minutes.
Roll dough into a 12-inch circle. Fit dough into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate coated with cooking spray. Line dough with foil; arrange pie weights or dried beans on foil. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until edges are golden. Remove weights and foil; bake an additional 2 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Reduce oven temperature to 350°.
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings; crumble. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add shallots to drippings in pan; sauté 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and thyme; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in spinach; cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Drain any excess liquid.
Place milk, half-and-half, eggs, egg white, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a blender; process until smooth.
Arrange half of cheese over bottom of crust; top with spinach mixture and remaining half of cheese. Carefully pour milk mixture over cheese. Sprinkle with bacon. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until filling is set. Let stand 10 minutes.
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I made this but bought frozen deep dish pie crust which was perfect for the amount of filling. GREAT flavor but then I used 1 cup of whipping cream and 1/3 cup of skim milk and 3 ounces of the cheese. I also used 3 eggs and no egg whites, not sure what that would have added. Pretty easy and quick with the store-bought pie crust! This would make a nice brunch dish as well. I served with a salad.
I used my own tried and true pie crust recipe and switched the spinach for Swiss chard [have lots from the garden] and smoked gouda for the gruyère. I had no trouble fitting the liquid ingredients into a standard 9" pie pan and I had no problem with the filling being watery. I agree with some of the other reviewers that the taste combo is very good; an excellent workmanlike recipe.
By the way, dried beans make excellent pie weights and can be reused for years.
After reading some of the other reviews I decided to use a different crust. Also subbed fontina for the gruyere since I had some to use up. The filling was delicious but just so, so watery/runny (not sure why, since the mushrooms and spinach are precooked and drained...). I think if I make this again I'll try making it crustless in the style of CL's Smoked Turkey and Spinach Quiche (June 2008).
The flavors and texture of the filling are so wonderful. I have made this recipe probably 4-5 times to great reviews every time. You gotta love mushrooms—the thyme-mushroom-spinach combo with the light touch of gruyére is amazing. The crust is alittle hard to work with but has a unique flavor with the pepper and olive oil. I have tried whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose and it was too dry to roll out. I had to cut some butter into it to make it workable. So the only reason this doesn't get 5 stars is that the crust requires special handling.
Super recipe! I would use whole wheat flour in the crust,
and would use non fat dry milk and plain low fat Greek
yogurt, for the cream, saving even more calories and fat.
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