This Mediterranean quiche recipe is a delightful blend of flavors and textures, perfect for a weekend brunch or a light dinner. Loaded with baby spinach, peas, and various fresh herbs, this quiche is healthy and indulgent and sure to impress your guests.
Mediterranean Quiche Ingrdietns
This recipe is designed to yield two hearty and filling Mediterranean Quiches.
- Olive Oil: Olive oil lends a mild fruity and peppery flavor to the quiche. It serves as a rich base for sautéing the shallot and spinach, contributing to the overall Mediterranean taste.
- Shallot: Shallots offer a mild, sweet, and slightly oniony flavor that adds depth to the quiche’s taste profile. They are sautéed to enhance their sweetness and aroma.
- Baby Spinach: Baby spinach provides a fresh and earthy flavor with a slight vegetal note. It contributes to the quiche’s Mediterranean essence and vibrant color.
- Peas: Peas introduce a mild, sweet, and slightly nutty taste that complements the overall flavor profile. They add a touch of sweetness and texture to the quiche.
- Large Eggs: Large eggs bring a rich, creamy, and custard-like quality to the quiche. They provide structure and a luxurious texture when combined with cream and milk.
- Heavy Cream and Whole Milk: A combination of heavy cream and whole milk offers a creamy, slightly sweet, and decadent base for the quiche filling. This duo provides a luscious texture and richness to the dish.
- Gruyere Cheese and Feta Cheese: Gruyere cheese contributes a nutty, slightly sweet, salty flavor with a smooth, creamy texture. Feta cheese adds a tangy and salty taste with a crumbly consistency. Together, they create a harmonious blend of flavors and textures.
- Fresh Dill and Fresh Basil: Fresh dill provides a vibrant, herbaceous flavor with a hint of citrus, while fresh basil brings a sweet, aromatic, and slightly peppery note. Together, they infuse the quiche with Mediterranean freshness and fragrance.
- Salt, Black Pepper, and Freshly Ground Clove (Optional): Salt enhances the flavors and balances the overall taste. Black pepper adds a touch of spiciness and warmth, while freshly ground clove (optional) imparts a subtle, sweet-spicy undertone to elevate the quiche’s complexity.
Combining these ingredients results in a Mediterranean quiche with a harmonious blend of flavors, feturing fresh herbs, creamy cheeses, and a touch of warmth and spice.
Egg-to-Milk Ratio for Perfect Quiche
Achieving the perfect Quiche means getting the egg-to-milk ratio just right. The goal is to create a custard with a desirable consistency. I’ve found that a ratio of 1 large egg to 1/2 cup of dairy does the trick. This balance strikes the sweet spot between richness and structural integrity in the custard. Depending on your preference for richness and flavor, you can choose from options like heavy cream, half-and-half, milk, or a combination of these dairy choices.
Blind Baking vs. Non-Baking
When preparing a quiche or tart, you might encounter the terms “blind baking” and “non-baking” when it comes to the crust. Let’s clarify the difference:
- Blind Baking: In blind baking, the crust is partially or fully baked before adding the filling. The primary purpose is to ensure the crust is fully cooked and crisp. Blind baking also prevents the crust from shrinking or puffing up during baking. It stabilizes the crust, preventing it from becoming soggy when adding the filling.
- Non-Baking: As the name suggests, the crust requires no baking before adding the filling.
Blind baking may take extra time and effort, but it guarantees a perfectly baked quiche or tart crust. For a quick and easy flaky quiche crust recipe and detailed instructions, check out my blog for quiche crust recipes.
Using The Right Pan
Choosing the right pan for your Mediterranean quiche is essential. A pan with a removable bottom is highly recommended for this recipe. It ensures easy removal and a crisp, flaky crust.
A tart pan with a removable bottom, featuring a slightly fluted edge, is ideal. It not only presents your quiche beautifully but also ensures even baking. The removable base simplifies slicing and serving without compromising the crust’s integrity. It’s the preferred choice for this Mediterranean quiche due to its convenience and excellent results.
Alternatively, you can use a standard 9-inch pie dish, a deeper pie dish for larger quiches, or a properly greased and parchment paper-lined springform or cake pan. Choose the pan that suits your needs for a successful quiche.
Quiche is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed anytime, making it suitable for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. The choice of accompaniments for your Quiche can vary depending on the occasion, the time of day, and personal preferences. Consider serving your savory Mediterranean quiche with a side salad, such as a traditional Greek salad for a classic option, or a fresh tomato Panzanella to add a delightful crunch.
For a refreshing and healthy pairing, try serving your Quiche with fresh fruit like mixed berries, sliced melon, or a colorful fruit salad. If you’re serving Quiche for lunch or dinner, complement it with a warm bowl of soup, such as fresh broccoli soup with vibrant flavors or comforting chicken noodle soup. These serving ideas enhance the versatility of your savory Mediterranean quiche, allowing you to tailor your meal to your preferences and the occasion, making your quiche experience genuinely delightful.
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