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Bacon Spinach Quiche Recipe: Easy Guide for a Savory Brunch Favorite

I’ve always found quiche to be a perfect meal for any occasion. Whether it’s a laid-back brunch, a side dish at a family gathering, or a comforting dinner option, it’s versatile and can be prepared ahead of time. The combination of creamy eggs and cheese with the savory addition of bacon and the freshness of spinach creates a delicious harmony that’s hard to resist.

Bacon Spinach Quiche

Making a bacon spinach quiche starts with a sturdy yet flaky pie crust as the base. My experience has led me to a blend of techniques and ingredients that ensures the crust is just right—buttery and golden without overshadowing the filling. The filling itself is straightforward: eggs whisked with cream, crisp bacon pieces, a generous helping of cheese, and spinach for that pop of color and nutrients. It’s a simple mix, but the result is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

Care must be taken though, in balancing the flavors. The right amount of seasoning brings out the best in the bacon and spinach without overwhelming the delicate nature of the quiche. It’s my go-to dish when I’m looking for something reliable yet impressive; a culinary staple that, once mastered, opens up endless possibilities for variation.

Ingredients

In creating a delectable bacon spinach quiche, fresh and high-quality ingredients are vital to achieve a balance of flavors and textures. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll need.

Main Ingredients

  • Pie crust: 1, pre-made or homemade, 9-inch size
  • Bacon: 8 slices, cooked and chopped
  • Spinach: 1 cup, fresh and sautéed until wilted
  • Onion: 1 small, finely diced and sautéed
  • Cheese: 1 cup, shredded (Cheddar, Swiss, or a blend of your choice)
  • Eggs: 4 large, well-beaten
  • Half and half: 1 cup, can substitute with whole milk or heavy cream

Seasonings and Spices

  • Salt: ½ teaspoon, or to taste
  • Black pepper: ¼ teaspoon
  • Garlic powder: ½ teaspoon (optional)
  • Onion powder: ½ teaspoon (optional)
  • Nutmeg: A pinch for added depth (optional)

Substitutes and Variations

  • Pie crust: Gluten-free or whole-wheat crust for dietary preferences
  • Bacon: Ham, sausage, or a vegetarian alternative like smoked tofu
  • Spinach: Kale or Swiss chard as a nutrient-rich green
  • Cheese: Feta, Gouda, or Goat cheese for different flavor profiles
  • Eggs: Egg whites or a liquid egg substitute
  • Dairy: Non-dairy milk or cream options for lactose intolerance

Preparation

To start my bacon spinach quiche, I focus on pre-cooking ingredients properly and assembling them for a smooth cooking process. Let’s dive into the specific steps and tips for easy preparation.

Preparation Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) — a crucial step to ensure even cooking.
  2. Bake the pie crust in the preheated oven for 8 minutes — this will help avoid a soggy quiche bottom.
  3. Cook bacon until crisp, then place on a paper towel to drain and chop once cool.
  4. Sauté spinach and diced onion in a skillet with a bit of the bacon grease until the spinach is wilted and onion is soft.

Cooking Process

  • Whisk together eggs, cream, salt, and pepper in a bowl or blender until well combined.
  • Layer the cooked spinach, bacon, and shredded cheese in the bottom of the pre-baked pie crust.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the spinach, bacon, and cheese in the crust, allowing it to seep into the layers.

Serving Suggestions

  • Allow the baked quiche to cool for a few minutes before slicing — it helps the pieces hold their shape.
  • Cut into even wedges and provide additional toppings like chopped chives, sour cream, or hot sauce on the side for guests to choose from.
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Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.