Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cheesy Sausage and Spinach Crustless Quiche

There's a secret to this crustless quiche that makes it different from others I've made in the past. The main ingredients are actually blended together in a food processor before being poured into your casserole dish. This technique evenly disperses all of the components throughout the dish so that each forkful gives you a taste of everything. And boy is each taste delicious!
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It might look like my house was visited by a green monster casserole, but no...what you are feasting your eyes on is a delicious spinach crustless quiche with cheese and sausage.

Hosting brunch can be tricky. You kind of have to cater to different palates and different tastes. And when kids are involved, that can make it even harder.

I knew I wanted to make an egg casserole of some sort and after much hemming and hawing, I decided to go for something that I though everyone would like.

I started with some eggs, spinach, half & half, and cheese. I blended them up all together in the food processor so the mixture was an even green color with little pieces of spinach throughout. It was really quite pretty.

As for the crust, I have nothing against a traditional quiche with a pastry crust, however, I had already made a couple other pastry items to serve at this brunch, so wanted this egg dish to be mostly egg and filling.

I had some leftover filling from some calzones I had just made that included ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, and Italian sausage. I added this filling to the food processor and pulsed just a couple of times to mix everything up. I poured it up in a buttered casserole dish, and I was ready to bake.

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This crustless quiche turned out amazing! It was light and fluffy, similar to a soufflĂ©, but hearty enough to serve as a main dish. 
As we were cleaning up, I was secretly hoping to see some leftovers in the bottom of the dish, but I was sorely disappointed. Nada! Surprisingly enough, this green dish was inhaled by the adults and kids alike.
I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this quiche find it's way to your dinner table. That is, if your anything like me and absolutely adore having breakfast for dinner.

Cheesy Sausage and Spinach Crustless Quiche
Serves 6

4 large eggs
1 (10 oz) box frozen spinach, thawed and liquid squeezed out
4 oz white cheddar cheese, grated and divided
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups half & half
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cup Calzone Filling

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 2 quart baking dish.
In the bowl of a food processor, add eggs, spinach, half of cheese, flour, half & half, salt, and pepper. Blend until mixture turns green and spinach is chopped into small pieces.
Add the calzone filling and pulse two or three times, just until filling is blended in.
Pour egg mixture into baking dish and place in preheated oven. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven (quiche will be wet and jiggly in the middle) and sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Place back in the oven and bake for 15 more minutes or until quiche is mostly set.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Quiche will continue to set as it cools.


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