This recipe was born out of necessity. I needed to make a quick last minute dinner for my husband.
Recently, while on Twitter, I ran across a recipe for quiche that had spinach in it. Apparently, this was still fresh in my mind when I was scanning my refrigerator for ingredients. I was hesitant, though, because my husband is not a big fan of eggs, but will eat them if they are loaded with veggies. As I continued on my search for the perfect ingredients to make quiche an acceptable dinner for him, I spotted them! You can't go wrong with bacon and jalapeno - even if it is turkey bacon! At least not in his book.
I knew I had a pie crust in the freezer, but I didn't have heavy cream on hand. No problem there, because you can make a heavy cream substitute quite easily. I will include this with the recipe for the quiche.
BACON JALAPENO QUICHE
1 1/2 c. heavy cream*
6 slices turkey bacon
1 jalapeno, minced
1 1/2 c. spinach
1 c. mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper
Pie crust, homemade or store bought
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Mince the jalapeno (removing the seeds and veins), chop bacon into small pieces and fry together. Combine the eggs, heavy cream, salt and pepper and whisk. Distribute half of the spinach, bacon and jalapeno, and cheese into pie crust then layer the other half of the ingredients. Pour the egg mixture in the crust and bake for 35-45 minutes until the eggs have set in the middle.
*Heavy cream substitute - Melt 1/2 c. butter and add to 1 c. milk, stir. If you use low-fat milk, add 1 T. flour to the mixture to thicken it.
I used jalapenos from my garden that were end of season jalapenos, so they were small and didn't have much heat. Because of that I used 3, but if I had used a full grown jalapeno I would have only used one to control the heat. My husband did enjoy this dish and since I sent him with half of the quiche he was satisfied! This is definitely something I will make again. I appreciate that it contained jalapeno, because you don't find that in your typical quiche. Typical ingredients usually include spinach or broccoli, but just like an omelet you can add whatever ingredients you desire.
Also, before I forget to mention it, this recipe was made with organic ingredients. I garden organically, and so does our uncle (whom we get a lot of produce from that I freeze, can, or store). We also purchase as many organic ingredients as our wallet allows.
Preparing this for my husband solidified the fact that if I add bacon and/or jalapeno to any recipe he will eat it and he will revel in the flavor. All joking aside, this quiche was a pleasant surprise. I look forward to hearing for you who try it. Happy baking!