Mushroom & Spinach Quiche with Olive Oil Crust

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Yield: 1, 9×9 quiche

For the Olive Oil Crust:

-1 cup flour

-1/2 tsp salt

-1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

-1/4 cup olive oil

-1/4 cup ice water (you can use refrigerated water or put 1/4 cup water in the freezer for a few minutes)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together the ice water and olive oil until well blended. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and ground pepper. Gradually add in the wet ingredients and mix until it forms a dough-like consistency. In a 9×9 greased baking pan, mold the dough into the pan and about 1 inch up the sides. Add with quiche filling below prior to baking.

For the filling:

-4 slices provolone cheese

-2 cups fresh spinach

-1.5 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced (or 1, 4 oz can mushrooms)

-5 large eggs, beaten

-1/3 cup milk

-1/2 tsp garlic powder

-1/2 tsp onion powder

-salt and pepper to taste

-1/2 tablespoon  butter

-Parmesan cheese to garnish; optional

In a pan, add the butter and fresh mushrooms. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then add the spinach until all vegetables are cooked well. Let cool just slightly before adding to the egg mixture. Beat the 5 eggs and add the milk, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt & pepper.

Top the uncooked Olive Oil Crust with the slices of provolone cheese so that the cheese covers the bottom of the crust. Top with the quiche filling and put in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until the middle of the quiche is cooked. Top with parmesan if you’d like!

Shakshuka (Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce)

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This recipe may seem odd to some of you. When I first heard about it from a friend living in Israel, I was a little bit hesitant. A few months later, I visited her in Israel and got to eat this at a beautiful restaurant in Tel Aviv. I fell in love with Shakshuka for a breakfast/brunch recipe. I do not like my eggs runny and gooey, so I tend to cook mine a little longer, but the flavor of this dish is so delicious. The eggs are creamy, the sauce is bright and acidic, and the peppers & onions add some nice texture. I encourage you to try this dish out for a brunch & see how surprised you are by how much your loved ones like it! 🙂

Serves: 4

-5 large eggs

-1, 24 oz can of crushed tomatoes

-1/2 cup water

-1 red bell pepper, diced

-1 yellow bell pepper, diced

-1 large onion, diced

-2 cloves garlic, minced

-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

-1 and 1/2 tsps salt

-1 tsp paprika

-1 tsp pepper

-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (for garnish)

-1/2 tsp dried oregano (for garnish)

-1/2 cup fontina or feta cheese for the top

In a fairly large skillet, heat your olive oil on medium heat. Cook the diced onions for about 10 minutes until translucent, then add the peppers and garlic. Cook for another 10 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes, water, salt, paprika, and pepper. Stir well.

When the sauce begins to bubble on the sides of the pan, make indentations in the tomato sauce & gently crack your egg into each of these “holes.” Evenly distributing them around the dish. I like to crack four eggs around the sides of the pan and then one in the middle. This will look kind of weird, as the eggs are still raw and gooey, but they will poach & firm up in the tomato sauce. Cover your pan with a tight fitting lid, turn the heat to medium, and cook for about 20 minutes. I prefer my eggs to be cooked through, but if you’d like to be a little bit runny, take the pan off the heat at about 15-16 minutes.

Garnish with red pepper flakes, dried oregano, and cheese (if you’d prefer). The cheese will get nice and melted and gooey on top. Serve with a hearty bread & enjoy!