May 20th, 2008
What’s a quiche, hmmm.. it is a variation of a pie. It uses a pie crust (similar to the one used in apple pies, etc) and other ingredients. Its salty; not sweet like a pie. So its not a dessert, actually its quite the opposite. One big piece of this quiche, and you dont need anything else. Its excellent for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner! How versatile.
I am not sure if all Southeast Asians (from India and surrounding countries) will like this recipe the first time, because, salmon has a very specific taste, and this is not spicy! Over the years, my food choices have changed, and I no longer can eat extremely spicy Indian food (even if I want to). I like bland foods, where I can get the flavor of the ingredients, rather than the spices.
This is just that kind of recipe! You will get the rich taste of salmon, and the unique taste of spinach, their flavors blend so well together. A little bit of Thyme (that is the only herb used in this recipe) enhances the overall taste. I love it.
Oops, I forgot to mention, this is one of Mrs. Vanards recipes.
1 Pie Crust, unbaked (Pillsbury brand, in the frozen section, or you can make your own)
1 – 8 oz salmon crumbled,
3 oz cream cheese,
1 box frozen chopped spinach, (or you can use fresh too, I think about packed 2 cups)
8 oz Monterey Jack cheese (grated)
1/2 -3/4 tsp Thyme
1/2 tsp salt,
1/2 grated onion (optional)
4 eggs mixed with a cup of milk
First bake the pie crust at 375 deg F for 10 minutes. While its baking, mix together, softened cream cheese, grated Monterey jack cheese, spinach, thyme, onion, and salt. Keep this ready.
When the pie crust is baked half way, let it cool for a couple minutes, then crumble the salmon on it. Then put the spinach cheeses mixture, then finally pour the egg-milk mixture all over.
Bake this at 375 deg F for about 45 minutes, till the eggs are firm.
Cut a slice, and serve immediately!
To store, cool it completely, then lay over a wax paper. Refrigerate.
Note: Another variation try chicken and mushrooms. I think that would be delicious. I must try that myself!
Update: If you dont have a round baking pie tray, then use a 8 X 11 inch tray. That will be fine!