One of the recipes that I can vividly recall my mother making that I absolutely love until this day that incorporates one of my favorite veggies is our version of a Spinach Quiche. Quiche is primarily an open-faced pastry filled with savory ingredients like meats, cheeses and vegetables. So think of an open faced pie!
I decided to make a Spinach Quiche the other night because I knew that it would be something pretty easy to make and didn't require a lot of time to prepare and cook. So off to the market I went and once home, I began to cook.
There are tons of recipes on the Internet but here is my version below:
(note: I'm a cook that rarely uses measurements, I use the eyeball and season to taste method)
1 bag of frozen spinach
1 16 oz. bag of sharp cheddar cheese
1 turkey sausage (Eckridge)
2 frozen deep dish pie crusts
approx. 8 bella mushrooms
seasonings of your liking
Pre-heat oven to 350-375 depending on your oven
Slice sausage into bite sized pieces and brown in skillet, once browned, place in a bowl on the side.
Slice mushroom mushrooms, place in skillet and saute, once done place in a bowl on the side.
Cook spinach for a few minutes (approximately 7-10 minutes), drain and place in a large mixing bowl and season (some of my "go to" spices include: lemon pepper, sea salt, garlic and smoked paprika, so add whatever seasonings you like). Be mindful to not add too much salt as the sausage has a fairly good amount of sodium, so easy does it.
Combine spinach, sausage, cheese and mushrooms in the mixing bowl and fold in three eggs (just crack open right into your mixture). Once combined pour mixture into your frozen pie crusts (follow the instructions on your pie crusts, some instruct you to place in the oven prior to adding your mixture to brown a little I purchased Mrs. Smiths Deep Dish Frozen Pie Crusts and it called for me to keep the pies frozen and then add the mixture.
Once your pie crusts are filled, add some aluminum foil along the edges of the pie to ensure that they don't get too browned or burned prior to the entire quiche being done.
Place pies into the oven for about 25-30 minutes. Turn off the oven and remove the foil from the edges. Allow the quiches to cool for about five minutes, slice and enjoy!