Deep Dish Spinach and Prosciutto Quiche with Toasted Sesame Crust.
I know it’s Wednesday and all, but let’s talk about Monday.
Wow, my Monday was eventful. Or really I should say that my mom’s Monday was eventful. Remember how I told you that she is the general contractor on the barn? And how she hates it? Well, Monday made her hate it even more.
We are down to wire, which means basically way too much is happening all at once. This is both good and bad. Good because things are getting done and the barn is looking way more move in ready everyday. But bad because it just means complete chaos. So much went down on Monday that I couldn’t even think to relieve it again yesterday, which is why you are hearing about it today.
I do not even know where to start, but let’s just say it seemed like one thing after the next was going wrong. My mom, being the awesome women (and mom) that she is, problem solved like no other. Also, big shout out to my awesome neighbor Vern who totally saved the day and got my very expensive and VERY BIG appliances into the barn. YEAH.
Without Vern’s fork lift, those appliances would never even have gotten unloaded off the truck and would have been sent straight back to Denver, which surely would have left me in tears. My appliances are my most favorite thing. Love them.
For some reason the giant commercial size truck that delivered the appliances had ZERO ways of getting the appliances off the truck and into the barn. Why you ask? Well, we have no idea since they told us they would be able to unload them… don’t you think we should get some money back money back? Right.
Anyway, my neighbor just so happens to have a yard full of giant machines. Thankfully one was a fork lift, and thankfully he was willing to help us. I think it’s cause I fed him such a good Thanksgiving dinner. Food wins everyone’s hearts. Always.
There are a number of other “issues” that occurred, but probably best for all involved not to air them publicly. Besides, going through it all again sounds tiring. The good new is that the appliances were installed yesterday, the painting is done, the bathroom is looking…well, it’s looking better and my doors are half installed. The counter tops go in today… Getting close.
I just have to give a big public THANK YOU to everyone who has been working so fricking hard on this barn, but especially my mom. She’s lost way too much sleep over this thing, but she is doing a kick ass job. No one could do it better than her.
Oh but, I also found out she is probably clinically insane as well on Monday. Like seriously so. But that is a story for another day.
In an effort to make my tired Mom happy, I made her a Christmas Quiche.
Every Christmas Eve back in Cleveland my mom would host my dad’s side of the family. The food was pretty simple. Steak, mashes, salad and my Mimi’s quiche. Now if I am being honest, there is not a ton of food that my Mimi makes that we love. And I am not trying to be mean in any way, we love her, but it’s the truth. Her Christmas Eve quiche however was always a hit and my mom especially loved it.
So now I always make a quiche on Christmas Eve, but I change-up the fillings every year. This year I decided to go with a deep dish spinach and prosciutto quiche and do a sesame crust just like my Mimi. It’s awesome.
Mimi always made her crusts with sesame crackers, but I went with a flakier crust instead. Loved it.
For the filling, I kept things pretty simple with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, but I think mushrooms would be delicious as well! Oh, and I of course added a lot of cheese. But hey, there is a whole two cups of greek yogurt in this quiche, thus certifying it with the “healthy” stamp of approval.
You can make this ahead of time and then just bake before dinner, or you can bake the quiche fully and then gently warm in the oven before serving. It’s good for brunch or also as a dinner side.
Most everyone goes crazy for the prosciutto, it’s a nice switch up from the typical bacon, and let’s be real, everyone gets excited for crispy prosciutto.
OK and finally, it’s kind of a pretty dish to serve.
I love the colors and the whole deep dish thing makes everyone go WOW… in a good way!
Deep Dish Spinach and Prosciutto Quiche with Toasted Sesame Crust
Toasted Sesame Crust
- 2 cups all-purpose flour use a gluten free blend if needed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons unsalted cold butter diced, 1 stick
- 1 egg beaten
- 1/4 cup cold buttermilk or water
- 1/4 sesame seeds toasted
- 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
- 1 small onion finely diced
- 1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes sliced
- 12 ounces fresh or frozen spinach defrosted and squeezed dry if frozen
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 cup havarti cheese shredded
- 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup gruyere cheese shredded
- 6 eggs
- 2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 cup milk
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3-4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
- fresh thyme and flakey sea salt for garnish
- To make the crust, whisk together the flour, 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds and salt in a medium size bowl. Toss in the cold, cubed butter and then, using your fingers or a dough cutter, work the butter into the flour mixture. Try to work quickly and break the butter down into the flour mixture.
- Whisk together the egg and buttermilk (or water). Create a well in the butter and flour mixture and pour in the cold buttermilk/egg mixture. Use a fork to bring the dough together. On a lightly floured work surface, dump out the dough mixture. It will be moist and shaggy. Gently knead the dough into round, flat disks.
- Grease a 9 or 10 inch spring form pan with cooking spray, sprinkle the bottom and sides of the pan with toasted sesame seeds. Roll the dough out on a lightly flour surface to a 15-inch circle. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan and up the sides. Line the dough with tin foil, pushing the foil down onto the dough and up and around the sides, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. After 30 minutes, place the pan in the oven and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is just set. Remove from the oven and remove the foil. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
- Meanwhile, make the filling. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Once melted, add the onion and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes or until caramelized. Stir in the spinach and sun-dried, cook until the spinach is wilted. Add the dried thyme and dill. Season with salt and pepper. Make sure all the moisture has cooked out of the spinach and then remove from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool 5-10 minutes and then stir in the havarti cheese, cheddar cheese and gruyere cheese. Spoon the spinach mixture into the bottom of the pre-baked pie crust.
- Add the eggs, greek yogurt, milk and nutmeg to a blender and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Season with a little salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the spinach.
- Bake for 15 minutes and then remove from the oven and add the torn prosciutto. Continue to bake another hour. Allow the quiche to sit 20 minutes before cutting and then sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and flakey sea salt.
Um that slice? It’s perfect, right? YUMMERS.