Hearty Croissant Crust Quiche pairs well with wine for a satisfying brunch or dinner. We start with day-old pastries.
|Prep time:||30 minutes|
|Cook time:||35 minutes|
|Servings:||8 – 10|
- 6 ounces Bacon or Smoked Ham, cut into lardons
- 1 Leek, whites and soft greens, sliced
- 4 ounces. Mushrooms, sliced and halved
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 5 ounces fresh Spinach, or Spinach & Kale mix, chopped
- 4 oz Gruyere Cheese, grated
- 6 eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup Heavy (Whipping) Cream, room temperature
- 1 cup Milk, room temperature
- 1/4 cup Biscuit & Pancake Mix
- Pinch of Nutmeg
- Pinch of Salt and Ground White Pepper
- 6- 8 sandwich-size Croissants
- If using bacon, begin with browning it in a large skillet over medium heat, then remove bacon from pan to drain on paper towels. If using ham, begin with the next step: Sauté leeks, mushrooms and garlic in olive oil until softened. Add chopped spinach, then add bacon or ham and spinach, toss to combine.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Split croissants in half and, using a rolling pin for baking, flatten them to an even thickness (about 1/2 inch). Line a large deep-dish pie pan or 10-inch oven-safe skillet with halves, crust side down. Spoon meat and veggie mixture evenly over croissants. Top with cheese shreds.
- In a blender, combine eggs, cream and milk and blend on low speed 20 seconds. Add biscuit & pancake mix, nutmeg, salt & white pepper, then blend again 10 to 15 seconds. (Using a blender for the large quantity of eggs and dairy makes quick work of the whipping process.) Carefully pour mixture over crust and filling.
- Bake on middle rack in oven for 30 to 35 minutes. You will need to cover quiche with foil about halfway through cooking or when outer crust begins to brown. (Be careful when working with foil. It can cause those annoying paper-like cuts.) Instead of tearing strips of foil, use this trick to quickly mark the center: fold foil in half and make a cut at the center, then unfold, fold in half again in alternate direction, cut perpendicular across previous cut, unfold and peel back from the “X”. This will cover the edge, but allow center to continue to brown. Quiche is done when center is firm to the touch.
Suggested Wine Pairings
In general, pricing is a guideline as to the style of wine making in red wines.
Less expensive reds are made to enjoy as soon as you uncork. Pour and enjoy!
More expensive reds typically need 20 to 40 minutes to decant (breathe) to enjoy to their fullest.