Pepper, Spinach and Goat’s Cheese Quiche for #SundaySupper

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in #SundaySupper, Simple Meals | 73 comments

Pepper, Spinach and Goat’s Cheese Quiche for #SundaySupper

The fates must have known that this weekend is a momentous one for me – I’m hosting #SundaySupper for the first time! And instead of welcoming you to join us around the table, I’m inviting you to sit around a picnic blanket for our Picnic #SundaySupper. And, after weeks of cold, grey, drizzly weather, the sun has finally come out! It seems like a good omen to me.

Being British, I have picnicked in every type of weather, including snow (my dad is one of those intrepid types who isn’t put off outdoor eating by a little adverse weather), but it makes for a much more pleasant experience when the sun is shining and you can relax after lunch by lying down on the grass and watching white clouds drift by above you.

Quiche is a favourite picnic dish in my family, because it is like a whole meal in one slice and is just as good cold (if not better) than it is hot. I like how versatile it is: once you have the basic pastry and egg-filling recipe, you can change the other ingredients to whatever takes your fancy, and add as many or as few different things as you like.

Pepper, Spinach and Goat's Cheese Quiche

For the pastry, I used a Michel Roux recipe – his pastry book is one of the most beloved in my collection, because firstly he is a pastry genius and secondly, I have found the way he makes certain pastries works excellently when using gluten-free flour. For this quiche, I made his pâte à foncer, or flan pastry, which turned out to be crisp and light. It was easy to work with and didn’t fall to pieces when I rolled it out – which, as anyone who has worked with gluten-free flour will know, is quite the mark of success. The only ingredient I didn’t add was the caster sugar. Michel suggests it whether the pastry is being used for sweet or savoury dishes, but omitting it didn’t seem to adversely affect my pastry.

Vegetable Quiche

For the filling, I just added my favourite summertime ingredients: roasted pepper, fresh spinach and goat’s cheese. I also couldn’t resist adding some meli-melo baby tomatoes – a combination of yellow, orange and red cherry and plum tomatoes – which made it look like sunshine in a dish.

Pepper, Spinach and Goat's Cheese Quiche
Serves 6
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Total Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr
For the Pastry
  1. 250g plain flour (mine was a gluten-free blend)
  2. 125g butter, cut into cubes and at room temp
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/2 tsp fine salt
  5. 40ml water (with gluten-free flour, you may need up to 70ml)
For the filling
  1. 3 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  2. 200ml double cream
  3. 1 bell pepper
  4. 8-10 baby meli-melo tomatoes
  5. Handful of fresh spinach leaves
  6. 1/2 a red onion, finely chopped
  7. 50g soft goat's cheese, cut into cubes
  8. 2tsp olive oil
  9. Dried herbs, pepper & salt to taste
To make the pastry
  1. Sift the flour and tip onto a clean worktop. Make a well in the centre for the cubes of butter, the egg and the salt. Begin to rub the ingredients between your fingers, gradually drawing in flour until combined and you have a mixture resembling breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the water and bring together to make a ball of dough. Wrap in clingfilm and put in the fridge for at least 30 mins.
  3. Once the pastry is chilled and rested, preheat the oven to 180C and lightly grease a round or fluted flan tin. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface. Place into the tin and use a knife to cut away excess from the edges.
  4. Prick with a fork and blind bake for about 15 minutes.
For the filling
  1. Line a small roasting tin with foil. Cut the pepper into thin strips and halve the tomatoes. Put in the tin and sprinkle with a little olive oil and herbs. Roast for 15-20 mins. (These can go into the oven along with the pastry case).
  2. In a frying pan, heat the rest of the olive oil and cook the onion over a relatively low heat until soft. Add the spinach and cook for a couple more minutes until it has wilted.
  3. Whisk together the eggs and cream and add a little salt and pepper.
  4. Put the vegetables and goat's cheese into the pastry dish and pour over the egg mixture. Bake the quiche for about 40 mins, until the filling has set and is going golden on the top.
  5. Serve warm, with a few salad leaves, or leave to cool and cut into slices to take to your picnic!
Notes
  1. When making the pastry, ensure your hands are cool (run under cold water before making) and handle the pastry as little as possible.
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 vegetarian quiche

I’m so excited about the recipes my fellow #SundaySupper contributors are bringing to the picnic – have a look at what they have created!

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Don’t forget, you can join the picnic discussion on Twitter throughout the day, where we’ll be tweeting and sharing the recipes. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST. To join in, just follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, and remember to include it in your tweets. You can also check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more delicious recipes and photos.

Do you know about the Food & Wine Conference sponsored by Sunday Supper? It is Being held July 19th – 21st in beautiful, sunny Orlando, FL. It’s a must for food bloggers. Find out more here: Food & Wine Conference

73 Comments

  1. Thank you for the reminder on handling pastry, Katy…because I believe sooner rather than later I’ll be making your beautiful blend of goat cheese and spinach…Appreciate the tip too about extra water when baking GF.

    Also, appreciate your hosting this fine Sunday Supper picnic. Although I’m glad it’s virtual and not in the snow!

    =)

    • Thank you :) Not snowing today though, so even a non-virtual picnic would be ok!

  2. Thanks so much for hosting, Katy! Your quiche is picture perfect…I know it tastes marvelous, too :)
    Liz recently posted..Cocoa Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream #SundaySupper #MemorialDay #PicnicMy Profile

  3. Ha we are the same way, rain or shine we BBQ and picnic. I think you sort of have to have that kind of attitude when you live here. :) Thank goodness this bank holiday weekend has turned out beautiful so we can enjoy this quiche with the sun.
    Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite recently posted..Caprese Spinach Salad #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Definitely need that mindset in this country! But 2 May bank holiday weekends with sunshine? We must have done something good to get this!

  4. Thank you for hosting this week! Awesome Job!! And, your quiche looks amazing. I love the flavors you used. Can’t go wrong with spinach and goat cheese in my book :)
    Shannon @VillageGirlBlog recently posted..Spaghetti Salad for a #SundaySupper PicnicMy Profile

    • Thank you! Spinach and goat cheese is just a good combo, isn’t it?

  5. looks beautiful and simply delicious!
    Angie | Big Bear’s Wife recently posted..Mini Chicken Salad, Avocado and Cheese Subs #SundaySupperMy Profile

  6. Oh my……this looks delish! I love quiche and I love this combo! Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting such an awesome event!! :)

    • Thank you very much, Tammi!

  7. Now THIS is my kinda quiche!!!! Thank you so much for being a fabulous hostess today!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted..Bacon Ranch Potato Salad ~ Picnic #SundaySupper!My Profile

  8. I, too, love quiche because it is so versatile! Once upon a time, I made up a chart with possible quiche combinations. First column is cheeses, the second is meats and the third is cooked and raw vegetables. Choose one or more from each and bake. :) It always inspires me to mix things up! Goats’ cheese and spinach is one of my favorite combos. Your quiche looks colorful and delicious! Thanks so much for hosting this fun theme!
    Stacy recently posted..Texas Sheet Cake with Pecan Frosting for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • That is such a good idea! I may have to do a chart of my own!

  9. I love quiche, and goat cheese and michel roux´s recipes. This is a great recipe Katy! Thanks for hosting today, and enjoy the sun!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes recently posted..Loaded Butterscotch Bars #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Paula! Michel Roux’s recipes are just brilliant, aren’t they?

  10. Quiche is such a great take-along dish for a picnic! I love that you used goat cheese (my fave) in yours. Great looking recipe! Thanks for hosting!
    Martin D. Redmond recently posted..Top 10 Wines For Picnic #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • It’s one of my favourite cheeses too! I love the wine you chose to go with it, by the way!

  11. Thank you so much for hosting! Quiche is perfect at the brunch table or at a picnic. Love it!

  12. Yum! When I use a gluten free crust, I always leave it in the refrigerator a little bit longer but hadn’t thought of running my hands under cool water before handling – I’m going to try that. Love the fillings in this quiche too.
    Amanda @ Marocmama recently posted..Moroccan Fried Chicken for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Yep, I tend to leave mine in the fridge for at least an hour or so, and just try to keep everything cool. Thank you!

  13. What a gorgeous quiche – I love its height! And I agree with you that it is the perfect dish…a meal in a slice. Thanks so much for being our hostess this week, Katy. :)
    Heather @girlichef recently posted..Fresh Limeade w/ Chia Seeds {#SundaySupper: Picnic}My Profile

    • Haha! I like a BIG piece of quiche! I think I got overexcited with the meli-melo tomatoes – I needed a lot of filling to take all the roasted veg!

  14. Thank you so much for hosting this event and you have done it wonderfully! What a great theme and recipes including your tasty quiche.
    Renee recently posted..Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Tomato Sandwich for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! It was a daunting but brilliant first time hosting! I’m looking forward to the chat later :)

  15. I love quiche and it is great for a picnic! That crust looks amazing. Thank you so much for hosting this week.
    Susan recently posted..German Potato Salad #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you so much, Susan!

  16. Ooh I love Quiche and yours look absolutely delicious and an enjoyable picnic food!The flavors sound amazing and thank you so much for hosting this week :)
    Soni recently posted..Indian Spiced Chicken Drumsticks #SundaySupperMy Profile

  17. What a pretty looking savoury pie! Goat cheese…my top favourite!
    Angie@Angie’s Recipes recently posted..Black Olive Sesame Spelt BreadMy Profile

    • Thank you! I think it’s my favourite cheese too!

  18. Thanks so much for doing such a fabulous job hosting us this week!! and I LOVE your quiche. Quiche is just the best meal for picnics, or just hanging around the house.
    The Wimpy Vegetarian recently posted..#SundaySupper: Smoked Trout Deviled EggsMy Profile

    • Thank you! I love that quiche can be eaten anytime, anywhere, hot or cold!

  19. Hi Katy!
    Thanks so much for hosting today! You picked a great one! what great recipes! I absolutely LOVE quiche!!! and yours looks beautiful. . I will definitely be trying this one! yum!
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom recently posted..Kale Pasta Salad for a Picnic #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • The recipes are great this week, aren’t they?! Thank you!

  20. Wow! What a great recipe, Katy. Even the pastry recipe looks so easy to follow. My mom would love this, she is a big fan of quiche. Thanks for hosting this!
    Linda | The Urban Mrs recently posted..#SundaySupper: An Anniversary with Japa DogMy Profile

    • For a world class pastry chef, Michel Roux’s recipes are incredibly easy to follow, which is why I love them! And a homemade crust is the only option when making it gluten-free, so I am so glad to have his book!

  21. Thank you so much for hosting this week!

    Quiche is the perfect food and it sounds absolutely lovely for a picnic.
    bea recently posted..Fruit Salad for #SundaySupper {Memorial Day #Picnic}My Profile

    • Quiche is such a good, versatile food isn’t it?!

  22. Thanks for hosting! I love this theme. :) This looks like such a great, hearty quiche. My mom has to be gluten free so I’m thrilled to find a recipe she can enjoy as well!

    • I’m so glad that it will be helpful for your mom – this is one of the best pastry recipes I have found so I hope she enjoys it!

  23. So pretty, Katy. This quiche looks delicious. Thanks for hosting our picnic!
    Cindys Recipes and Writings recently posted..PA Dutch Pepper Cabbage for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  24. Funny, we grill out year round too… snow or no snow ;-) And what a lovely quiche, the filling and crust look amazing! Thanks for hosting our picnic this week!!! ;-)

    • It’s a good attitude to have :) Thank you!

  25. That quiche looks lovely! It is so nice that the filling can be changed up depending on what you have or like.
    Laura Dembowski recently posted..Apricot Oat Nut Bars #SundaySupperMy Profile

  26. Thanks for hosting, Katy! And I’m truly sorry you ever had to picnic in the snow! :-)
    Camille recently posted..Pineapple Sangria Recipe #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • It was one of those ‘character-building’ experiences, I guess!

  27. Hello Quiche! I love spinach and goat cheese!!
    Megan recently posted..Skinny Pineapple Slaw for #SundaySupper PicnicMy Profile

  28. Okay, totally drooling. I am starving now, tummy grumbling!! Thanks so much for hosting this #SundaySupper!!!
    Tara recently posted..Picnic Basket Buttermilk Fried Chicken for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  29. A very delicious and good looking plate, thank you for sharing.
    kathia Rodriguez recently posted..Herbs-Garlic and Parmesan Croissants #SundaySupperMy Profile

  30. Picnic in the snow?! Now that’s crazy! Love how this quiche sounds!
    Carla recently posted..Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treat Truffles #SundaySupper #MemorialDayMy Profile

  31. goat cheese is perfect in quiche! great meal
    Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) recently posted..Nathan’s Cookies for a #SundaySupper PicnicMy Profile

  32. These are my favorite quiche ingredients too! Such a great combo. I’ve never thought to make quiche for a picnic, but you’re right – it’s a meal in a slice! Perfect!!
    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons recently posted..grilled chicken sandwiches with green goddess sauce #sundaysupperMy Profile

    • Peppers goat cheese and spinach are just good together, aren’t they?!

  33. Also, thanks for posting SS!
    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons recently posted..grilled chicken sandwiches with green goddess sauce #sundaysupperMy Profile

  34. What a gorgeous post Katy! Haha… I’m a British ex-pat, now living in Australia (positively one of the least rainy places in the world!) and it’s fabulous to be able to picnic in the sunshine in Winter! On the flip side, we have hot Christmases (grumble) but that’s another story ;) Love this quiche recipe. Definitely agree that they’re beautifully versatile for picnics in any season! I also adore goats cheese with spinach. Winning combination. Happy to have found you via Sunday Supper! Thanks for the recipe xx
    laurasmess recently posted..Happy Blogiversary (to me!)My Profile

    • Thank you for stopping by and commenting – enjoy your winter picnic!

  35. mmm, I just love quiche especially when it contains GOAT CHEESe. Seriously, I am obsessed! So darn good. And it’s just PERFECT with peppers. Great recipe!
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  36. Thanks for being a fabulous host this week, Katy! I love the theme and your beauful quiche (which DOES look like its bursting with sunshine) is the perfect picnic food. I hope you get more sun than rain this summer ( crossing my fingers for Vancouver too – we’re not called Raincouver for nothing)!
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked recently posted..To spike or not to spike – Strawberry Lemonade for a #SundaySupper PicnicMy Profile

  37. Thanks for hosting such a wonderful event. I love this quiche…especially the addition of goat cheese. Yum!

  38. Man, I love quiche so much and this is just gorgeous. Yum! Thank you so much for hosting this week – it was a GREAT theme and fun event!
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  39. Thank you so much for hosting this week, Katy! Your quiche looks great, and I love the addition of goat cheese.
    Family Foodie recently posted..Family Friendly Summer Vacation in Florida | South Seas Island ResortMy Profile

  40. The colors and components in this quiche are so so gorgeous! I know I’d have a hard time sharing it with others – anything with goat cheese has my name written allllll over it!
    Katie recently posted..A tour of the gardenMy Profile

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