Thursday, 20 September 2012

Spinach, Red Pepper and Goat's Cheese Quiche

The name of this recipe has given me a headache, as I'm a bit of a stickler for apostrophes being in the right place. Should I use goat's cheese, goats' cheese or just plain old goats cheese in this quiche? I came to the conclusion that goats' cheese was correct, as the milk making the cheese must come from more than one goat, however after googling and reading this amusing article, I've gone for goat's cheese. Please do leave me a comment, if you object to this and think I should have gone for goats' cheese after all!

Easy Pastry
  • 200g/8oz plain flour
  • 100g/4oz cold block butter, cut into cubes
  • cold water 
Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs (or blitz in the food processor for a few seconds. Add just enough cold water to bring the mixture together into quite a firm dough (I used 4 tbsp).
Wrap in cling-film and chill for at least an hour.

Pre-heat the oven to 190 C/180 C Fan/ Gas 5/375 F
Roll out the pastry on a floured board and line a greased 20cm/8" sandwich cake tin or flan tin.
Bake blind for 12-15 minutes or until it's just starting to colour.
Remove from the oven and reduce the heat to 170 C/160 C Fan/ Gas 3/325 F

Filling
  • 1 red onion, cut in half and sliced finely
  • 1 large red bell pepper, de-seeded and sliced finely
  • 75g/3oz washed baby spinach
  • 75g/3oz soft or hard goat's cheese (chopped or grated)
  • 150ml/5 fl oz double cream
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • ½ tsp ground fennel seeds
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan. Add the fennel seeds, black pepper, onion and red pepper and saute until the vegetables are soft and just starting to colour. Then add the spinach leaves and chopped dill and allow to wilt for a minute or two. Remove from the heat.

Mix the eggs, cream and cheese together.

Spoon the vegetables into the pastry case.
Pour the egg mixture over.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the filling is golden brown and set firmly.
Serve hot, warm or cold with sautéed new potatoes and salad.

Suitable for freezing.

Alternatives: You could use almost any combination of vegetables in this quiche.
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3 comments:

  1. It looks delish. Satisfyingly food of veg. I would put it after the s.

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