1 T butter
3 shallots, minced
16-18 oz spinach (I use the prewashed spinach in the bag)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
8 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated
2 pie crusts, fitted into two 9-inch pie plates
8 large eggs
3 c half-and-half
1/8 t ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks set in upper and lower thirds. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium. Add shallots, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add as much spinach to skillet as will fit; season with salt and pepper, and toss, adding more spinach as room becomes available, until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.
Transfer spinach mixture to a colander. Press firmly with the back of a spoon to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Divide spinach mixture and cheese between prepared crusts. Place each crust on a separate rimmed baking sheet.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Dividing evenly, pour egg mixture into crusts.
Arrange baking sheets on racks, and bake until center of each quiche is just set, 55 to 60 minutes, rotating sheets from top to bottom halfway through. Let quiches stand 15 minutes before serving. (Or cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate up to 1 day. Reheat at 350 degrees until warm in the center, 30 to 40 minutes.)
Time: 90 minutes Serves: 12
We love gruyere cheese. This makes a great brunch meal.