Ham Spinach and Gruyére Quiche

in Breakfast, Dinner

I arrived in Florida (where my parents live) exactly two days ago, on a red eye flight. I was sitting next to the most adorable baby in a onesie. We said hi, we smiled…we became friends.

And then she totally betrayed me. An hour into the flight, she started bawling her eyes out. And didn’t stop…for the. next. four. hours. Right then and there our friendship ended, obviously. Her poor mother…she was doing everything she could. Nothing worked.

So, instead of sleeping with my eyes closed, I tried to sleep with my eyes open. You know…where you just stare REALLY hard and try to take your brain to a newprettybetter world, like, immediately?

I thought about Christmas morning…oh Christmas morning. Does a cozier more lovely place even exist? I think not…

This year I have nothing to do with Christmas dinner. I bowed out since I cooked all of Thanksgiving dinner.

Instead, I’m on the sidelines mixing cocktails, making playlists, drinking cocktails…

I did, however, agree to get down on Christmas morning.

Last year I made this eggs benedict, PW’s cinnamon rolls and some spice hot chocolate.

In a couple days, I’m gonna make Joy’s pull apart bread (have you made this?!?!), some more spice hot chocolate, an apple cheese danish…and this quiche.

This quiche is so dreamy.

Sure there’s a bit of flour and butter mixing, and water mixing, and rolling out.

BUT you can do all of that the night before. Yes, that’s right. The pie crust can be made the day before, rolled out, put into its pie crust or tart shell..so it’s all ready for the next day. You can even mix up the filling if you like.

This way all you have to do is wake up, shuffle into the kitchen in your pjs, do a little pre-heat action and stick the thing in the oven.

An hour later, you’ll be met with this beautiful cheese, ham and spinach filled quiche.

I can’t think of a better breakfast to share with a bunch of people on Christmas morning.

I’m wishing you all a beautiful peace-filled Christmas.

Merry merry!

xo

Adrianna

Ham Spinach and Gruyére Quiche

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Crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), cold and cubed
1/4 cup cold water

Egg Filling:
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 handfuls of spinach
4 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup cubed ham (sliced to a 1/4-inch thickness)
1/2 cup cubed Gruyére

1. In a medium bowl, mix the flour and salt together. Working quickly, and using your fingers, add the cubed butter to the flour mixture and break up until butter is in pea-size bits. Make a well in the center of the mixture, pour in 1/4 cup cold water, and incorporate it into the mixture it’s moistened and comes together forming a ball. Note: If you find it to be too dry, add a tablespoon at a time until it comes together. Wrap the disc of dough in plastic and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the handfuls of spinach and cook until wilted. Drain in a colander (or on a handful or paper towels) and set aside.

3. Pre-heat oven to 350F. In a medium bowl beat eggs together with cream, milk, salt and pepper.

4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to a 12-inch circle (or just a bit bigger than your tart shell–mine was 9.5 inches). Fold the dough in half, place in a pie pan, and unfold to fit the pan. Gently press the inside bottom edges of the dough against the sides of the tart pan to eliminate any air bubbles. Roll the rolling pin across the top surface of the tart shell to cut off the crusts’ edges.

5. To the bottom of the tart shell, add the wilted spinach, cubed cheese and ham. Pour 3/4 of the egg mixture over top and transfer to a baking sheet. Place in oven on rack and top off with the remaining egg mixture (this way it won’t spill over!).

6. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour. The top of the quiche will be puffed and golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly until serving. It’s delicious warm or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from this Jacques Pepin video

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Katrina December 23, 2011 at 4:34 am

Mmm perfect for Christmas morning!

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Natashia@foodonpaper December 23, 2011 at 5:18 am

Beautiful photos! This look so yummy :)

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CouponClippingCook December 23, 2011 at 6:04 am

Love your photos of this quiche. Sounds so good with Gruyere. I feel for you on that flight with your neighbor in a onesie. Sleeping with your eyes open with the crying going on made for a very long flight I’m sure. Have a great Holiday and New Year too!

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Jessica @ How Sweet December 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

How pretty is this? I want.

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Heather (Heather's Dish) December 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

the photos in this are so beautiful! not to mention i want more quiche in my life. gimme gimme gimme, i need i need!

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Bev Weidner December 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Dear God this looks amazing.

Merry to you!!

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Nanna December 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Lovely! I have made Joy’s cinnamon-pull-apart-bread and it is beyond wonderful!

Gleðileg Jól! (Happy Christmas!)

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Sue/the view from great island December 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Looks wonderful, the make ahead aspect is really perfect for the holidays. Enjoy Florida, we’re heading down this spring and I can’t wait.

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Megan December 23, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Whoa. I love gruyere and ham together. Those two should totally get married already.

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HoneyFor Jam December 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I love quiche, this will be perfect for boxing day using the left over ham.

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Eri December 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm

made it for breakfast this morning, everyone loved it.

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Adrianna December 26, 2011 at 1:08 am

Hi. Yes!!

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Sandrine December 26, 2011 at 9:37 am

I gonna make this for lunch with a bowl of crunchy salad!

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Agata December 26, 2011 at 10:26 pm

This looks really awesome! I have to try this on my new tarta form :D

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jas December 28, 2011 at 7:04 am

oh you poor thing, I always feel for the parents when the little ones won’t settle on a plane! Whereas I feel for the poor bubs when their ears won’t pop on the way down – it’s a horrid feeling, one that’s made me cry in the past. This quiche on the other hand looks and sounds deeelicious – I’m definitely making it (once I clear some space in the fridge for some ingredients – hehehehe)

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Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! December 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm

See…that’s why babies kind of suck. They’re all cute and cuddly up until the point when they’re screaming bloody murder for no apparant reason, and due to social norms and mores, you can’t do anything about it but sit there and take it. #notawesome. Now I love me some quiche, but I have to admit, I use the frozen pie crusts all the time. #badfoodblogger, I think it’s time I put on my big girl apron and do this the right way, and make my own pie crust.

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Tess @ Smagriculture December 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

UGH, I had the most epic fail with quiche last year (way too watery) and I haven’t been able to bring myself to make it again since. This may be the kick in the pants I needed…or maybe I just need to keep buying it from the local bakery. #burnedbyfailure

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Kori December 31, 2011 at 1:56 am

Yes! The quiche looks so good and I’m so excited to see an easy recipe for the crust itself. This is a lovely Christmas breakfast! Yum!

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Elle of Chellbellz December 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm

My mother loves quiches…I think I may try and make this for her! She will love it!

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Stella January 2, 2012 at 7:03 pm

This was so good, I made it twice during this holiday week. Even my little guy ate his whole portion without complaining about it having spinach. Thanks for sharing! :)

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Adrianna January 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm

YAY! This makes me happy.

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Lyssa January 15, 2012 at 2:31 am

I have 3 children…. The magic tip for planes is arranging flight for a time when they are feeling sleepy (I’ve been known to keep them up all night, pmsl) and as the plane takes off and lands they need to be drinking… Either breast or bottle or a cup of water will do and this stops the pressure building in their ears and distracts them. Mine usually just sleep until the meal/drinks cart comes… Tho OTHER peoples kids annoy the hell out of me.. Last time a mother couldn’t control her 5ish yr old son… Told to put his seatbelt on “i can’t…. He won’t let me…”

But mummy looking quiche… Will have to give it a go for my mum- the quiche obsessive!

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