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spinach and gruyere quiche with a hashbrown crust

Spinach and Gruyere Cheese Quiche with a Hash Brown Crust


  • Author: Debi

Description

This exquisite quiche is for those who appreciate the savory combination of a quiche filling with the crispy goodness of a hash brown crust.


Ingredients

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For the Hash Brown Crust:

  • 3 Cups Frozen Hash browns, thawed and excess moisture squeezed out
  • 3 Tbsp. Melted Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper

For the Quiche Filling:

  • 34 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled ( or diced ham)
  • 6 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Bell peppers (both red and green)
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Pkg. (about 6 ounces) Baby Spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of nutmeg (optional)

Instructions

1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

2. Prepare the Hash Brown Crust:

  • Grease a 9-inch springform pan or pie dish. Line it with parchment paper cut to size, including the sides. Grease it again, lightly.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the thawed hash browns, melted butter, egg, salt, and pepper.
  • Press the hash brown mixture evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan to form a crust.
  • Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until it becomes golden brown and slightly crispy.

3. Prepare the Quiche Filling:

  • Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and nutmeg, if desired in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a skillet, sauté the diced bell peppers, onion, and minced garlic until they soften, about 6-8 minutes. Add the baby spinach and cook until it wilts, then remove from heat.
  • Remove the quiche from the oven. Sprinkle half of the shredded Gruyere cheese evenly over the baked hash brown crust.
  • Add the crumbled bacon (or ham) evenly over the cheese. Add the sauteed peppers and onions.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables and bacon.
  • Sprinkle the remaining Gruyere cheese on top.

4. Bake the Quiche:

  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (175°C).
  • Place the springform pan on a baking sheet (to catch any potential spills) and bake the quiche for 35-40 minutes, or until the center is set and the top is golden brown. You can check for doneness by inserting a knife or toothpick into the center – it should come out clean.

5. Cool and Serve:

  • Allow the quiche to cool before removing it from the pan.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or chives, sour cream, salsa, avocado slices, crumbled feta if desired.

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