Saturday, October 13, 2007

Spinach Artichoke Crustless Quiche

Today I hosted a girls brunch and spent a very enjoyable day talking (and talking) about everything we could think of, sipping mimosas and eating a low-key (but delicious) menu.

I served a platter full of a trio of green, red and black grapes, pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins and this quiche. Add mimosas and its a party! Best of all, it's so easy that I get to enjoy the party too.

Thanks Mo, Chrissy, Mel, Julie, Kathryn and Lorene (hope I spelled that right!) for coming!

Spinach Artichoke Crustless Quiche:
(makes one 8-inch pie pan of quiche, can be doubled or tripled)

1 6 oz package frozen, chopped spinach (thawed and drained)
1 can artichoke hearts (approx 13 oz), drained and chopped
3 eggs
1/2 c heavy cream
4 oz (or slightly more) grated cheese (whatever you prefer, I used an Italian blend and sharp cheddar)
1/4 c sour cream (I used light)
Salt and white pepper to taste
Sliced Roma tomatoes for garnish
Grated Parmesan cheese (for top)

Scald cream, then remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted. Let stand 2-3 minutes. Add other ingredients, then mix in eggs 1 at a time. Stir well to incorporate. Spray a pie pan with olive oil (or rub with oil) to prevent sticking, then pour in quiche mixture. Top with tomatoes, then sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Bake at 350 for approximately 30-45 minutes or until set in the center and slightly browning on top. Let stand 10 minutes or so before serving. Can be served warm, at room temperature or chilled.


Geggie said...

I love brunch! It's my fave meal, there are no rules and it always involves champagne. That's can't be bad!

Peabody said...

Yum, it is like spinach artichoke dip in a quiche! that you baked muffins.

Mo said...

It was all so delicious! I'm already looking for an occasion to make this quiche!
Thanks for a fun party!

Terry B said...

Kirsten--this sounds great! Spinach, artichokes, cheese... Yesterday Marion and I had quiche for lunch at Chicago's fabulous, always buttery-smelling Sweet Thang. I said then that I would like to try making quiche. I don't bake a lot, so crust is kind of daunting. This would certainly be a simpler alternative.

One question: You add the eggs one at a time--I'm assuming you beat them first, yes?

Kirsten said...

Hi Geggie, I know! How fun is brunch? :)

Peabody...thought you would be pleased that I baked!

Thanks Mo!! So glad you could make it.

Hi Terry, I know re: crust and baking, which is why I adore this recipe and have been using it for years. Honestly, it is so forgiving that you can just dump the eggs in (one at a time or all together) and stir up and be done with it. I tripled the recipe for my brunch and put 9 (NINE!) eggs in all at once (not beaten!) and stirred and it still turned out great. It's very hard to screw up, which is perfect for entertaining and for brunch.

Chris said...

I love brunch as well and this quiche is a perfect guest!

Christine said...

This quiche was SO great! And the muffins were yummy too - I loved the combination of the pumpkin with the chocolate chips. I'm afraid Mo and I most of the black grapes before the other guests got there - they were so good! Thanks for a great brunch and wonderful kickoff to the weekend! :)

Melanie said...

Great food and conversation...a perfect way to start the weekend!


Patricia Scarpin said...

Yummy, Kirsten!
I love quiches and haven't tried a crustless version yet.

Kelly-Jane said...

A lovely menu for a girls lunch :)

Both the quiche and muffins look great!

Kristen said...

What a tasty quiche!

Hey...about our trip to AZ. I so thought about getting a hold of you but I honestly didn't know what our itenerary would be like and with one car among the six of us, I wasn't sure how it would work out to head out to see you!

I do have to say...we ate some GREAT food. One place that I crave here is Zipps bar and grill. They had the best fries ever! We also ate at Dos Hombres and I had a yummy dish there, as well as a few tasty margaritas!
We went up to Sedona and had some yummy food there as well! I really liked AZ...could see us going back very soon! Then, I will call :)