This is a Quiche Florentine recipe.
Quiche Florentine is a delightful savoury dish that originates from French cuisine. It is a variation of the classic quiche, which is a baked open-faced pie consisting of a rich egg custard filling and various ingredients.
Quiche Florentine specifically highlights the combination of spinach and cheese, creating a delectable flavour profile.
The star ingredient of Quiche Florentine is undoubtedly the spinach. The vibrant green color of the spinach adds visual appeal to the dish while infusing it with a healthy dose of nutrients. Spinach is known for its high iron and vitamin content, making Quiche Florentine a nutritious choice (remember Popeye?!).
I have also added some crispy bacon to this quiche Florentine Recipe and have used some Swiss cheese. The Swiss cheese melts well and adds a subtly nutty taste to the dish.
Quiche is really a bit like an omelet but cooked in a pie-shaped pastry normally in the oven, rather than in a pan.
The crust can be pre-baked before adding the filling if you prefer, ensuring it remains crisp and golden.
Quiche Florentine Ingredients
The Florentine refers to the spinach used in the recipe. But I find you can always mess around with a recipe a bit to improve it.
Some quiche recipes will use heavy cream but I have just used milk in this quiche recipe.
You could of course also use ham to make a ham and spinach quiche if you prefer or you just happen to have some ham handy.
Alternatively, lardons can also be used for an easy bacon spinach quiche.
Quiche Florentine can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature, making it a versatile dish for any occasion.
It is often served as a brunch or lunch option but can also be a delightful addition to a dinner spread. Its versatility allows it to be served as a main course or as a part of a larger meal with salads, soups, or other side dishes.
Hot or cold Quiche?
What I like about Quiche is that it can be eaten hot or cold. We had some leftovers when I made this one and we ate it reheated the next day (after storing in the fridge overnight) and it was still great.
I prefer mine hot, but it is also great when eaten cold.
Really if you have the time you could make your own pastry and pie shell.
But I just used some ready-made shortcrust pastry and fitted it into my pie dish to make the pie crust.
I suppose you could also buy a ready-made pie crust if you have them locally.
I also used fresh spinach in this recipe, and removed all the stalks before chopping the leaves.
‘Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche’
Well, this one does! And I cook it. I love Quiche. But times change.
Perhaps you remember this book ‘Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche’
from the 1980’s by Bruce Feirstein, which was a satirical view on the battle of the sexes. The funny thing was that at the time even the critics did not get it!
Luckily things have improved in some parts of the world since those days. Unfortunately not all places though.
At least this ex-rugby player is now making his own quiche…….and eating it!
I hope you enjoy making this recipe and if you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!
How to make a Quiche Florentine