Spinach Bacon and Mushroom Quiche
I had my first quiche back in the late 70’s. It was the trendy thing to eat…at least it felt like that to me. Then in 1982 someone penned a book entitled, “Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche”, and quiche became a cliché and passé. I hated that book for that, but I never gave up on quiche. I have to admit however that it is not on my list or regulars even though I am very fond of it. It is easy to throw together and I often have what I need for it on hand. Somewhere along the way I found a recipe in a magazine that worked for me and I have more or less stuck with it over the years. Quiche is one of those recipes that is very amenable to interpretation and improvisation. After starting with the basics of eggs, cream and cheese, you can add, create, and invent all sorts of delicious combinations. Spinach, bacon and mushrooms are my favorite default combination. For years I used the frozen pie crusts that come in foil pie tins; they worked out fine, and it was convenient keeping a couple in the freezer. Then one day I came across some deep French tart tins at a garage sale and the quality of my quiches improved dramatically. I still haven’t learned how to master a homemade pie crust, so I just stick with Miss Pillsbury (the kind you unfurl and drop into the pan). My original recipe called for Swiss cheese, but I like to use pepper jack cheese instead of Swiss for a little extra kick. I also like to sauté my onions in the rendered bacon grease, but you may opt for a healthy option and sauté them in some olive oil. Whatever you decide to put in yours, I hope you enjoy this blast from the not so distant past.