Thinly sliced cappocola (spicy cured pork) from the deli counter adds colourful curls to the top of this spinach-and-red-pepper quiche. In a pinch, you can use chopped prosciutto instead.
- Portion size 8 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2006
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cold butter cubed
- 1/4 cup lard or cold butter cubed
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 pkg spinach
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 sweet red pepper finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup 5 or 6% cream
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 3/4 cups crumbled feta cheese
- 8 thin slices cappocola halved
MethodIn large bowl, whisk flour with salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter and lard until mixture resembles fine crumbs with a few larger pieces. In glass measure, whisk egg yolk with vinegar; add enough ice water to make 1/3 cup (75 mL). Drizzle over dry ingredients, stirring briskly with fork until pastry clumps together. Press into disc. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Or overwrap in heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before rolling.)
On floured surface, roll out pastry to scant 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Fit into 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate. Trim edge to 1-inch (2.5 cm) overhang; fold under rim and flute. Prick all over with fork. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Line pie shell with foil; fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake in bottom third of 400°F (200°C) oven until rim is light golden, about 20 minutes. Remove weights and foil; let cool on rack.
Filling: Meanwhile, discard any coarse stems from spinach. Rinse spinach; shake off excess water. In large Dutch oven, cover and cook spinach, with just the water clinging to leaves, over medium heat until wilted, about 6 minutes. Drain in sieve; let cool. Squeeze out liquid; chop.
In large skillet, melt butter over medium heat; fry onion, red pepper, pepper, thyme and salt, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add spinach; cook, stirring, until spinach is dry, about 4 minutes. Let cool slightly. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and cream; add spinach mixture.
Brush mustard over base of pastry shell. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the feta; pour in egg mixture. Arrange 2 pieces cappocola on each of the 8 servings. Sprinkle remaining feta between cappocola.
Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven until knife inserted in centre comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool on rack for 10 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Or overwrap in heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks. Reheat in 350°F/180°F oven for about 20 minutes.)
Nutritional facts Per serving: about
- Sodium 664 mg
- Protein 12 g
- Calories 361.0
- Total fat 24 g
- Cholesterol 171 mg
- Saturated fat 12 g
- Total carbohydrate 25 g
- Iron 26.0
- Folate 66.0
- Calcium 19.0
- Vitamin A 72.0
- Vitamin C 50.0