April 3, 2009

Ham, Cheese, Spinach and Caramelized Onion Quiche

I've never stressed enough how much I wanted spring/summer to come. However, to my frustration, it came another snow and cold wind instead.

It's April, man!!!!!!! Please give me warm weather!!!!!

Finally I made a summer dish to comfort myself.

(makes one 9" quiche)
1 short crust pastry
2 tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, sliced
Pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 cup ham, chopped or sliced
1 1/2 cup old-aged cheddar cheese
3 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

Roll out pastry dough. Fit into a 9" round tart pan. Transfer to freezer to chill for at least an hour (It helps dough from shrinking when being baked).

Heat olive oil in a sautee pan on medium heat. Add the onions with salt and pepper. Cook until onions are softened, about 10 mins. Stir occasionally.  Reduce heat to medium low and cook for an additional 20 mins, until the onions are browned, but not burned. Add balsamic vinegar and cook for 10 mins more, until onions are completely caramelized. Remove from heat.

In the same pan, raise the heat. Add ham and sautee for about 10 mins. Remove from heat and mix with onions. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350F. Place tart pan onto baking sheet to catch any spilling.

Sprinkle half of the cheese on the bottom of the tart shell. Evenly spread out ham and onion mixture over the cheese. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

Mix eggs, milk and spinach, and pour mixture over the cheese. 

Transfer to oven, and bake for about 30 mins until the center is set.

Let cool for 5 mins. Serve warm with greens.


Kristen said...

Perfect timing - I've been pouring through quiche recipes trying to find the perfect one for Easter. This looks fantastic!

penny aka jeroxie said...

I hope you get warm weather soon :)

Belinda @zomppa said...

Carmelized onions make it all the better!

Debbie said...

Bravo, this looks great, what recipe do you use for the crust? Thanks for the tip about the freezer, I will have to try that next time!

Noelle said...

This looks tasty!

FitMamaEats said...

Thank you! I've been looking for a good quiche recipe and will be sure to try this!

Lisa said...

Nothing better than a great quiche - yours looks divine!

Judy said...

This looks so delicious!!!! I love quiche but haven't made it in YEARS. Now, I must definitely make your quiche. Thank you for sharing!

Jessie said...

I love all these flavors... together would be a greattttttt idea! Looks great


brandon said...

this was awesome. i let cheese be the top layer on mine, but yours looks much prettier ><

next time.... :)