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I’ve never been a beer girl. Although there are some kinds I tolerate more than others, its a rare day when I crave a cold one. But there are times and places when no other drink is as appropriate as a brewsky. It just wouldn’t look right swirling a glass of red wine at a frat party, baseball game or concert. Since fraternity parties weren’t really my thing, and the baseball games and concerts I attend are few and far between, you can at least count on me to crack one in the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day, the ultimate beer celebration. So before I leave to eat green bagels and throw a few back with my friends, I wanted to share a festive recipe in honor of the holiday.

This Spinach and Gruyere Quiche was so incredible with the flaky crust, leafy greens and fluffy eggs. The dish was quick and easy to throw together and is perfect for weekend brunches. And it was even better leftover! I love the versatility of quiche because you’re free to toss in whatever veggies or cheese you have on hand, and it turns out fabulously each time.

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Green bagels

Spinach and Gruyere Quiche

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6-8 slices

What You Need

  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 bunches of baby spinach, thick stems removed and leaves roughly chopped
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces shredded Gruyere cheese, about 1 cup
  • 1 home-made or store-bought pie crust (I used Trader Joe's), fitted into a 9-inch pie dish (trim sides if necessary)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half

What To Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add shallots, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add spinach to skillet, season with salt and pepper, and toss until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Transfer spinach mixture to a colander. Press firmly with the back of a spoon to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Place spinach mixture and cheese in prepared pie dish with crust.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Pour egg mixture into crusts.
  5. Bake until center of quiche is just set 55 to 60 minutes. Let quiche stand 15 minutes before serving.


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