Spinach Quiche

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Spinach Quiche

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Made with heavy cream and Gruyère, this rich spinach quiche is classic French.

Spinach & Gruyere Quiche

Photo by Alexandra Grablewski (Chronicle Books, 2018)

Of all the spinach quiches I’ve tried over the years, this classic French version is my favorite. The recipe comes from my childhood friend Trish, who is not only one of the funniest people I know, but also a stunning hostess. When Trish entertains, she goes all out – beautiful table settings, seasonal cocktails, fabulous food, and (best of all) hilarious party games. She once created an entire game of Jeopardy! for our old high school gang, complete with categories like Prom Dates, ’80s Pop Stars, and Senior Superlatives.

This spinach quiche is Trish’s “go-to” brunch dish. The combination of heavy cream and Gruyère makes it rich and flavorful. There’s also a good bit of spinach, which balances out all that richness and makes it just a little bit healthier.

Ingredients For Spinach Quiche

spinach quiche ingredients

To simplify things, I recommend using a store-bought crust. When buying frozen pie crust, be sure to check it carefully at the store for cracks. (If you unpack it and find that it’s cracked, no worries — there’s a fix below.) Also, make sure to buy a deep-dish crust; a regular pie shell is not deep enough to hold all the fillings.

Frozen chopped spinach also makes the recipe easy. It’s important to wring out all the moisture from the spinach before using. I usually gather it into a ball in my hands and squeeze it until dry. It takes a few minutes of squeezing to get all the water out. Be patient; you need the spinach completely dry, otherwise your quiche will be watery.

Gruyère is my first choice for this quiche — I love its nutty flavor — but if you can’t find it, Cheddar may be substituted.

How To Make Spinach Quiche

crust pricked with forkPrick the bottom and sides of the crust all over with a fork.

Bake on center rack until fully cooked and lightly golden, 10 to 15 minutes. If your crust cracks in the oven (or if it was cracked when you opened the package), make a smooth paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of flour with 1 tablespoon of water. Use your fingers to patch up and fill any cracks, then place the crust back in the oven for a minute or so to set. It should be good as new.

golden baked crust

Set the crust aside and turn the oven down to 325°F. Sauté the shallots in a bit of butter over medium-low heat until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Do not brown. Set aside to cool.

cooked shallots

In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, heavy cream, nutmeg, salt and cayenne pepper.

eggs, cream, and seasoning in bowl

Whisk to combine.

whisked egg and cream mixturePlace cooked pie shell on a baking sheet (this makes it easy to move in and out of oven) and spread the shallots over the bottom of the cooked crust.

layering shallots in crustSprinkle the shredded cheese over top.

layering shredded cheese in crustScatter spinach evenly over cheese (breaking up clumps as best you can).

layering spinach in crustThen pour the egg mixture carefully over top.

egg and cream mixture poured into crust

Bake at 325°F degrees for 50 to 55 minutes until custard is set and top is lightly golden. Serve hot or warm.

baked spinach quiche

How To Freeze Spinach Quiche

This spinach quiche freezes beautifully for up to three months. After cooling the quiche, wrap it in a layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of aluminum foil. Remove the quiche from the freezer about 24 hours prior to eating. Remove the plastic wrap and reheat it, covered with foil, in a 300°F oven until hot in the center.

Spinach Quiche

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Spinach Quiche

Made with heavy cream and Gruyère, this rich spinach quiche is classic French.

Servings: 4-6
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 9-inch deep dish frozen pie crust
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1¼ cups heavy cream
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup (4 oz) finely shredded Gruyère, packed
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and wrung free of water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and set a rack in the middle position. Remove the pie crust from freezer and thaw until just soft enough to easily prick with a fork, about 10 minutes. Prick the bottom and sides all over with a fork (pricking about an inch apart). Bake until fully cooked and lightly golden, 10 to 15 minutes. (Keep an eye on it...if it puffs up while cooking, gently prick it with a fork so it will deflate.) Don't worry if the crust cracks while baking; see my note below on how to fix it before proceeding. Set aside and turn oven down to 325°F.
  2. Heat the butter in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the shallots until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Do not brown. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, heavy cream, nutmeg, salt and cayenne pepper.
  4. Place the cooked pie crust on a baking sheet (this makes it easy to move in and out of oven). Spread the shallots over the bottom of the cooked crust, then sprinkle the shredded Gruyere over top. Scatter the spinach evenly over cheese, breaking up the clumps as best you can. Pour the egg and cream mixture over top.
  5. Bake at 325°F degrees for 50 to 55 minutes until the custard is set and top is lightly golden. Serve hot or warm.
  6. Note: I usually defrost the frozen spinach quickly by placing it in a fine mesh strainer and running hot water over it. I then gather the spinach into a ball and squeeze it dry. It takes a few minutes of squeezing and re-squeezing to get all the water out. Be patient...you need the spinach completely dry, otherwise your quiche will be watery.
  7. Note: Don't panic if your crust cracks -- you can easily fix it. Make a smooth paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of flour with 1 tablespoon of water. Use your fingers to patch up and fill any cracks, then place the crust back in the oven for a minute or so to set. It should be good as new.
  8. Make ahead: This quiche can be made up to a day ahead of time and refrigerated. To reheat: Cover the quiche with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 300°F oven for 35 to 45 minutes, or until hot in the center.
  9. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cooked quiche can be frozen for up to 3 months. Remove the quiche from the freezer about 24 hours prior to eating and reheat it, covered with foil, in a 300°F oven until hot in the center.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 504
  • Fat: 39 g
  • Saturated fat: 21 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Sodium: 472 mg
  • Cholesterol: 218 mg

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Comments

  • This is a great recipe–perfect proportions, light, silky, and truly custardy rather than eggy. Last night i didn’t have heavy cream and made it with all 2% milk and it was *still* rich and delicious.

    • — Laura on June 15, 2022
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  • I only have regular crusts – not deep dish. How would you recommend I modify the recipe? the package came with two regular pie crusts – can i make two by slightly increasing each thing?
    thank you!

    • — Sybil on June 14, 2022
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    • Sure, Sybil, that should work. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 15, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn, I have half and half on hand. Can I substitute? I’ve made this numerous times before with heavy cream and it was delicious! I don’t want to ruin it if half and half won’t work.

    • — Lisa C on June 13, 2022
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    • Yes, you can get away with half and half (and glad you like it)!

      • — Jenn on June 13, 2022
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  • So good! It came out perfect

    • — Lmar on June 13, 2022
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  • Made this quiche last night for dinner using a homemade crust. It turned out excellent and got rave reviews. Can’t wait to try some more of your recipes.

    • — Rebecca Harvey on June 9, 2022
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  • This recipe is excellent, absolutely no less than five stars! My domestic partner loves it and will always remind me to make more quiche if there is none left in the freezer. Thank you so very much.

    • — Carol Walker on June 5, 2022
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  • Can you use half & half instead of cream? Same amount?

    • — Rae on May 28, 2022
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    • Hi Rae, 1/2 & 1/2 will work here — you’ll need the same amount. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 31, 2022
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  • Can I use half and half instead of cream? Same amount?

    • — Rae on May 22, 2022
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    • Yes, you can get away with half and half (and you’d need the same amount). Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 23, 2022
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  • If you have a potato ricer, use it to squeeze the water out of spinach. Thank you for this delicious recipe.

    • — Carrie on May 8, 2022
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  • I’ve made this recipe several times now and it’s great. I used fresh spinach instead of frozen. I just wilted it in a skillet with some olive oil. I just think fresh is better.

    • — Darlene on May 2, 2022
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  • I’ve made this 4 times and all to rave reviews. I learned a two things along the way: I use the pie crust that comes in a roll. First, I make it slightly bigger and thinner with a rolling pin (not critical) and then after shaping it in the pan, I put it in the fridge for 15 min before blind baking with pie weights. I then removed the pie weights and bake for an additional 3 min. The one time I did not do that, one side slipped down a bit making me have to create a pie crust dam to keep the filling in. Also, I agree that mixing up the spinach onion and cheese a bit works best.

    • — Jackie on May 2, 2022
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  • This was the best part of Easter brunch!

    • — Wendy Condon on April 20, 2022
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  • What a crowd pleaser on easter – followed the recipe to a T except used fresh duck eggs. Harder to find but made for an incredible texture.

    First time making quiche and this was a huge success.

    • — Aaron on April 19, 2022
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  • I thought a cup was 8oz, not 4!

    • — Kathy on April 19, 2022
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    • Hi Kathy, I think you must be referring to the Gruyère? If so, the cup refers to the volume of cheese (so a dry measuring cup) and the 4 ounces (in the case of this recipe) is what it would weigh. Hope that clarifies!

      • — Jenn on April 19, 2022
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      • I made this yesterday for a bridal shower. It was well received. However, it took 1 1/2 hours to bake. (Temperature in oven is right on) Anyone else have this problem?

        • — Carol Lee on May 22, 2022
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  • Made 2 for Easter brunch and everyone was amazed by how delicious and flavorful they were! I had sautéed fresh spinach — want to try the frozen since that would be easier!

    • — Danielle on April 19, 2022
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  • I have been making this dish for years, and it is by far the best quiche I have ever had! I’ve shared this recipe with my friends and family, who’ve been stunned by its deliciousness. Of course, I always add more veggies than it calls for, usually mushrooms, kale, and tomato. Although you must saute the water out when you add more veggies, it also gives you a chance to add a little spice to the veggies. On top of adding more veggies, I also had a different variety of cheese on top of the gruyere, typically cheddar. Last night, we sprinkled fresh thyme on top of the pies. I love the original recipe and also appreciate being able to improvise and tweak it here and there! Thank you!

    • — McKinzi Speights on April 18, 2022
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  • Great recipe! Worked so well and tasted delicious. I made this for my friends for an Easter brunch and everyone loved it.

    • — Sabrina on April 17, 2022
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  • Love it.
    Instead of heavy cream I added ricotta😋

    • — Sandra on April 17, 2022
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  • How do the proportions change if I only have traditional pie crusts? I don’t want to overdo the fillings and not have space for the custard!

    • — Erica on April 16, 2022
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    • Hi Erica, I’m not sure how much the proportions would need to change for a traditional pie crust. I’d just use the recipe; – you’ll likely have a bit of custard leftover; just fill the shell as high as possible. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 18, 2022
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  • Stumbled onto this via Pinterest search for spinach quiche – I seriously think this is the best quiche I’ve ever had, let alone made. I think it’s the particular cheese and the heavy cream that make the difference, as I’ve made plenty of spinach quiches before. You’re spot on in calling it a ‘custard’ filling – so light and fluffy!! I did a test run last weekend and am looking forward to making another for Easter, thanks for sharing!

    • — Kathleen on April 15, 2022
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  • This is the most delicious quiche!! I copied the suggestion from the comments to add some chopped roasted peppers on top and it was sooo soooo delicious!

    • — Cheryl Cadigan on April 12, 2022
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    • I always add fresh spinach, but otherwise follow exactly, and this is an absolutely delicious recipe! Have made this multiple times for different occasions, it always comes out the same, and everyone always wants the recipe. Thank you!!

      • — Judy on June 23, 2022
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  • So delicious. I ended up using the Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust that you roll out because it is much bigger than the frozen deep dish crust. I added mushrooms and sautéed fresh spinach. So easy. Nothing left to freeze! I am excited to have found out about your recipes and plan on trying others. Thank you

    • — Karen Stump on April 5, 2022
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  • I plan to make this for Easter brunch and will make it ahead and freeze it. Do I defrost it at room temperature or in the refrigerator 24 hours ahead of serving? Will the spinach get watery as it defrosts and create a soggy crust? Thank you!

    • — Jen from Newburyport, MA on April 2, 2022
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    • Hi Jen, I’d defrost it in the fridge. And, no, thawing it shouldn’t make the crust soggy. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 2, 2022
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      • This is the best spinach quiche I’ve had! It was a hit at our Easter brunch and I got several requests for the recipe. It came out perfect making ahead, freezing and defrosting. This is a keeper!

        • — Jen from Newburyport, MA on April 23, 2022
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  • I made this recipe last night and it was fantastic. The only variation from your recipe was that I prepared a homemade crust. My parents, my husband, and I loved it. I do have a quick question, I would like to branch out and add different meats… Have you ever added chicken and pecans to this base? Most recipes I found online with chicken and pecans have sour cream and different sorts of ingredients that I would prefer not to add. I would like to add them to your base if possible? Any help/suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you! Lori Kfoury

    • — Lori Kfoury on April 1, 2022
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    • Hi Lori, I haven’t but don’t see any reason it wouldn’t work; the recipe is very flexible. Please LMK how it turns out if you try it. 🙂

      • — Jenn on April 1, 2022
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  • Delicious spinach quiche!! I followed the recipe except I used pie weights instead of pricking with a fork. I find the pie weights works better. I also added 2oz of pancetta and only added 1/4 t of salt. It was rich and delightful! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    • — S cancook on March 26, 2022
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  • Planning to make this tomorrow and am wondering why you prick the crust instead of using pie weight. Don’t the holes end up letting the the liquid seep through?

    • — Jackie H on March 24, 2022
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    • Hi Jackie, The pre-made frozen crusts don’t shrink the same way a homemade one does, so the pie weights aren’t necessary; it’s easier to just prick the crust. The holes mostly close up during the blind baking process, so you don’t have to worry about the filling seeping through. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on March 26, 2022
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  • Loved it! Used half and half instead of cream. I think I’ll try it crustless next time. Thanks for a great recipe:) My picky 14 year-old gobbled it down so it’s a double win!

    • — Julie on March 24, 2022
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  • I volunteered to make spinach quiche for a church potluck. I had never made spinach quiche before, but I came across your recipe and decided to try it. I made 3 for the event and 1 for us since the pie crusts were 2 to a package. I used a mixture of gruyere and British white cheddar. My husband and I thought we’d better try it before serving it to others, so we had some for breakfast the day of the event. He is a picky eater and wrinkled his nose when I said we should have some. He said it was really good! I loved it!

    • — Elsa on March 18, 2022
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  • This is soooo creamy and delicious! I made ahead and then reheated it. I’m wondering if I reheated using the microwave whether it saves time or does it ruin its creamy custard?

    • — Terri on March 15, 2022
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    • Glad you like it! I’d only use the microwave if you’re reheating individual pieces. If you are, it reheats it nicely.

      • — Jenn on March 16, 2022
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  • I’ve made this recipe countless times and it’s always a hit. My niece was visiting this past weekend and she has celiac disease (allergy to gluten). I wanted to make this but didn’t want to just make it crustless, so I experimented with a crust made from frozen hash browns (about 4 cups). I thawed the hash browns, added 2 tablespoons of melted butter, some salt and pepper, pressed it into a pie plate and baked it at 400 for about 25 minutes until it started to crisp up. Then continued with your basic egg/gruyere/spinach recipe and baked it for another 40 minutes. It was a huge hit and it’s a great alternative for anyone watching their gluten intake. The best part was that I didn’t have to feel like I was missing a pie crust.

    • — JoAnne A. on March 13, 2022
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  • So easy to make and absolutely delicious. No more store bought quiche for me as I can throw this together in no time. It also reheats very well and tasted as good as the day it was made.

    • — Christine Peters on March 13, 2022
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  • I have made this twice, both times for company at brunch. It is super simple and delicious. The second time, I substituted Jarlsberg Swiss cheese as it is not as costly as Gruyère. It was still excellent. The crust crack trick is genius. Definitely my go-to spinach quiche recipe!

    • — Marcie on March 13, 2022
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  • This quiche is delicious and directions easy to follow. The only change I made is adding some chopped cooked bacon (3 slices). I baked the day before, refrigerated overnight and reheated in 325 oven for about 45 minutes the next morning. It was perfectly silky and received praise from our house guests.

    • — Jude on March 12, 2022
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  • This is delicious!

    • — Debra on March 11, 2022
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  • This quiche was so tasty! I took it to work and have been asked 3 more times to bring it again! I replace the cheese you suggested with fresh parmesan but otherwise I cooked it to your specifications and it was absolutely the best one I have ever made! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

    • — Treva London on March 7, 2022
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  • Best quiche recipe ever!! Thank you.

    • — Jessica on March 7, 2022
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  • Can you use fresh spinach?

    • — allison on March 2, 2022
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    • Sure – just make sure to cook and squeeze out any liquid before incorporating into the recipe. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on March 3, 2022
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  • This quiche was fabulous! Tasting the layers of shallots, Gruyere then spinach was so yummy! I used Trader Joe’s frozen pie crust, shaped the edges in my pie plate and followed your directions to pre-bake and it came out beautiful and tasted outstanding! My kids love eating this for breakfast. I’ve made it many times and it always comes out perfect! Do you think half + half would work too? Thank you!

    • — Tammy G. on March 1, 2022
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    • Glad you enjoyed it! Half & half will work here – the quiche just won’t be quite as creamy.

      • — Jenn on March 2, 2022
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  • I made the quiche last night with a homemade crust from your site (best crust I had ever made). The quiche tasted very good but in the future, I will premix half of the onions, cheese, and liquid mixture with the spinach in order to half a more homogenous taste, then add the remaining liquid on top. In certain spots, I was tasting just the spinach that’s the only downside. Otherwise fantastic receipe.

    • — ICH on March 1, 2022
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  • Brilliant brilliant brilliant 👍😊

    • — Rubina on February 28, 2022
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  • Love it ! I cut it in wedges before freezing and then microwaved the slices when I wanted to eat it.I wanted a slice every day ! I added bacon bits that made it even better.

    • — Nancy Swanson on February 21, 2022
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    • 5 stars!! My husband doesn’t usually like quiche but loved this one. I’ve made it for two separate parties and received so many compliments on it. I followed the recipe exactly.
      I would love to double it and freeze it…do you think it’ll turn out the same?

      • — Brook on March 20, 2022
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      • So glad it was a hit (especially with your husband)! Yes, it’s perfectly fine to freeze it. See the freezer-friendly instructions at the bottom of the recipe.

        • — Jenn on March 21, 2022
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  • Delicious!!

    • — Dot on February 19, 2022
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  • I have made this many many times. It’s a great recipe. I have changed it a bit this time for broccoli and turkey bacon but same ratio of liquids. I do add a tiny bit of baking powder to my quiches, it gives them more lift! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes.

    • — Marti M on February 18, 2022
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  • Why do you ask us to pre cook the crust mine always shrinks? Other recipes don’t ask to pre cook crust.
    Just curious
    By the way it’s a great recipe

    • — Susan Adkison on February 16, 2022
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    • Hi Susan, pre-cooking/blind baking the crust is important because it ensures that the crust gets baked all the way through, and doesn’t come out soggy because of the wet ingredients you’re putting in it. If you haven’t used a store-bought crust for this, I recommend it as it’s a great shortcut. If you want to make your own crust, I have one here that you can check out.

      • — Jenn on February 17, 2022
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      • Great recipe. Came out very creamy and delicious. I did use fresh spinach that I wilted with the onions. I usually do blind bake my quiche crusts to avoid the dreaded soggy bottom. Used my own homemade crust.

        • — Kathleen Kindred on February 19, 2022
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    • Instead of precooking the crust, I just bake with my quiche dish on top of a pizza stone, which prevents the crust from getting soggy.

      • — Cheryl on April 2, 2022
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  • Can you make this crustless?

    • — Meghan on January 30, 2022
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    • Hi Meghan, You can definitely make this crustless. Alternatively, if you want to make it a bit thicker (since it won’t have the crust), you can use the cream/egg/cheese proportions of my crustless broccoli quiche. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on January 31, 2022
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  • Very good. I used fresh spinach and baked it in my homemade flour and ground oatmeal crust. Thanks for the recipe.

    • — Jim on January 22, 2022
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  • Changed it up a little to use what I had at home and it turned out awesome

    • — Johanna Semple on January 22, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn
    This looks amazing and I am looking for something to take on a trip for an easy breakfast the next morning, Could I add bacon inside as well as spinach or will that not work? Thank you so much.

    • — Melissa on January 19, 2022
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    • Sure, Melissa, you can add bacon here. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 19, 2022
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