Christmas Quiche! A Gift to You to Celebrate St. Nicholas Day!

Christmas Quiche

A Christmas gift on St. Nicholas Day? Certainly! To make your Christmas morning food preparation a breeze and free you up to spend your time sitting with family around the tree I am sharing my very own recipe for super delicious and incredibly rich Quiche!

I love quiche. A GOOD quiche. But, in my opinion far too many of them are not that great. So I decided to create my own! I went through many, many recipes and selected only the rich, high fat content ingredients and put them together in one lovely quiche!! Then I threw in part of the ingredient mix I use in my delicious wild rice stuffing! And the result - a thoroughly satisfying and delicious quiche. Flavorful, very moist and - best of all - a great "keeper"!

And probably a quiche that should be saved for only special occasions. We only indulge once a year!!! It is high in fat and calories but as far as I am concerned, diet friendly quiche is not worth the trouble.

I believe it is the cream cheese and whipping cream that make it possible to whip this up a day or two before Christmas and know that it will be just as delicious as it was when freshly baked. Simply warm it up - piece by piece if you like - whenever anyone is ready for breakfast. It is so rich and satisfying that usually one slice is all anyone can eat. Serve with a lovely cranberry/orange/seltzer juice and perhaps sliced fruit and you will be free from Christmas morning kitchen duty.

Added 12/17/13:  This quiche freezes beautifully!  So, if you like, you can actually make it a month ahead and defrost overnight in the fridge and warm in the oven or micro when ready to eat! (One slice in micro - about 1 minute!)

So without another word - here is the recipe!

Christmas Quiche

Pamela's Christmas Quiche

Ingredients: (don't faint - I warned you already it is very rich. Lots of fat. Lots of calories.

One pie crust shell - 9" deep dish

1/2 to 3/4 pound bacon

1/2 cup onion minced

1 package frozen chopped spinach

3 eggs

3 egg yolks

1 1/2 cup whipping cream

4 oz cream cheese (cold)

1/4 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg

dash or two of cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp salt

2 T. flour

2 T. pimento (or chopped fire roasted red pepper)

1 1/4 cup Monterey Jack Cheese grated

1 1/4 cup Chedder cheese grated

 

To make the Quiche

1. Set the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Line the pie crust shell with foil and place about 1 cup of dried beans on top of the foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, remove beans and foil.

3. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.

4. Cut bacon into small pieces - 1/2" x 1/2". Heat a large skillet and fry the bacon until well cooked but not crisp. Remove from skillet and pour off all but 1 tablespoon of grease.

5. Mince the onion and saute until soft in the bacon fat.

6. In the meantime, defrost the spinach (I use the microwave) and drain well. When the onion is soft, add the spinach and saute a minute or two to warm. Add bacon and mix. Set aside.

7. In a large mixing bowl beat the three whole eggs and three egg yolks. Add the whipping cream, nutmeg, salt, cayenne, flour, pimento and stir well.

8. Add in the grated cheeses and the bacon/spinach mixture and stir well to mix.

9. Cut the cold cream cheese into 1/2 x 1/2 inch (or smaller) pieces and stir into the mixture.

10. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie shell.

11. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes. The middle should no longer jiggle or feel soft.

12. Remove quiche from oven and cool on a wire rack.

13. Once the quiche is cool, wrap with plastic wrap or foil and store in the fridge. As long as it is kept cold, the quiche should be good to eat for at least three days.

If you are not going to eat the whole thing, it can be frozen for another time.

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