Tomato Florentine Quiche is a delicious one-pan meal that’s full of cheesy goodness. It’s a perfect dish for brunch, lunch or a light dinner. Leftovers, if any can be reheated and are just as good the next day.
Make Your Own Versus Store-Bought Crust
The first time that I made this awesome quiche, I used a store-bought frozen deep dish pie crust. The crust itself was good. However, the crust cracked horribly while it was cooking which made serving the quiche difficult. The Master Taste Tester thought that the actual quiche was outstanding.
The next time I made the quiche, I tried using puff pastry for the crust. That worked fine in terms of the presentation. However, the crust was somewhat tough and not as good as I thought that it should be.
As maybe you can tell, I was trying to keep things simple. But after two attempts, I decided to make my own crust which really doesn’t take that much effort. I used the food processor to actually make the dough, and then press the dough into the quiche pan as opposed to rolling it out. The Master Taste Tester proclaimed the quiche perfect with my own crust!
A key ingredient in this quiche is frozen chopped spinach. You might think that there is little or no variation in one frozen chopped spinach as opposed to another. I can tell you that’s not the case.
The first time that I made this quiche, I used a 10 ounce package of frozen chopped spinach. The quantity was right. However, spinach was roughly chopped as opposed to a finer chop. The larger pieces of the spinach tended to dominate the dish more than I would have liked.
The next time that I made the quiche, I tried a different brand of frozen chopped spinach. All I could find was a 12-ounce package. Again, the spinach was roughly chopped. In addition, I decided to add all of the spinach rather than scaling it back to 10-ounces. The rough chop was all wrong, and the extra spinach totally dominated the taste of the quiche.
Finally, I was able to find 10-ounce frozen chopped spinach that was finely chopped – the way that I’m used by buying frozen spinach! This worked perfectly.
Ingredients for Tomato Florentine Quiche
As maybe you can tell, I did a bit of experimenting with different combinations to produce what I think is the perfect Tomato Florentine Quiche.
I used the following ingredients for the crust: All-purpose flour, granulated sugar, Kosher salt, unsalted butter, Crisco shortening and ice water. I could have used all butter rather than the combination of butter and Crisco. However, I think that the Crisco contributes to the flakiness of the crust.
For the actual quiche, I used canned petit diced tomatoes, Italian bread crumbs, eggs, half and half, Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, dried basil, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, shredded Cheddar cheese, frozen chopped spinach and crumbled bacon. I had previously tried Mozzarella cheese in place of the Monterey Jack cheese, but thought that the Monterey Jack cheese worked better.
Making the Crust
This crust is my go-to crust for savory quiches and tarts. The reason is that the crust is perfect every time. The dough takes less than a minute in the food processor. Also, I don’t have to roll out the dough. More about this in a minute!
I started by adding the flour, sugar and salt to my food processor fitted with a steel blade. Then, I pulse processed the ingredients 4 or 5 times to ensure that everything was well incorporated. Next, I added the butter and Crisco that I had cut into small pieces. I pulse processed the ingredients 8 or 9 times until the mixture resembled a coarse meal. After that, I added the ice water and pulsed the mixture several times until it came together.
After that, I dumped the dough into a 9-inch quiche pan with a removable bottom. Then, I pinched off a piece, rolled it into a cylinder and pressed it against the sides. I repeated this all the way around the sides of the quiche pan. Once I had gone all the way around the quiche pan, I gently pressed the remainder of the dough onto the bottom of the quiche pan and used a straight-sided measuring cup to smooth it out. I find pressing the dough into the quiche pan so much easier than rolling the dough out!
I covered the crust with a piece of plastic wrap and put it into the freezer for about 30 minutes. The reason that I freeze the crust before baking it is to minimize the sides shrinking.
After 30 minutes I removed the crust from the freezer. I used a fork to pierce the frozen crust all over. Then, I placed a crumpled piece of parchment paper over the crust and pressed the parchment paper to conform to the shape. Next, I filled the parchment paper with dried beans. I learned this trick from a Martha Stewart episode some time back!
I popped the prepared crust into a preheated 400° F oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, I removed the crust rom the oven and removed the parchment paper and dried beans.
Making the Filling for the Tomato Florentine Quiche
While the crust was baking, I made the filling for the quiche.
I started by combining the tomatoes which I had drained and the bread crumbs. I set the tomato mixture aside and whisked the eggs and half and half together in another bowl. Next, I added the salt, pepper, basil, cheeses, spinach and bacon to the egg mixture. After stirring everything together, I folded in the tomato mixture.
I poured the Tomato Florentine Quiche mixture into the prepared crust and smoothed it out with a spoon.
Then, I baked the quiche in a preheated 375°F oven for 40 minutes until it was perfectly set. I removed the quiche from the oven, and placed it on top of a small inverted bowl. This allowed the sides of the quiche pan to drop away.
I let the quiche cool for about 20 minutes before serving it. It was awesome! The flavors perfectly complimented each other. Yum!
Tomato Florentine Quiche
- 1 1/2 cups (7.5 ounces, 213 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 5 Tablespoons (2.5 ounces, 71 grams) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
- 5 Tablespoons (2.5 ounces, 71 grams) vegetable shortening, cold and cut into small pieces (See Tip 1)
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces, 56 grams) ice water
- 14.5 ounce can Petit Diced Tomatoes, drained
- 2 Tablespoons Italian bread crumbs
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup half and half
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces, 56 grams) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces, 56 grams) extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (See Tips 2 and 3)
- 1/4 cup crumbled bacon (4 to 5 slices)
- Add flour, sugar and salt to bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade. Pulse 4 or 5 times to combine. Add butter and Crisco; pulse to combine until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 8 or 9 pulses. Add water. Pulse 3 or 4 times, just until mixture comes together.
- Empty dough mixture into a 9-inch quiche pan with removable bottom. Gently press the dough into the quiche pan and up the sides to create the crust. Smooth out using a straight-sided measuring cup. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Pierce crust all over with a fork. Line with parchment paper and fill pan with dried beans or other pie weights. Bake at 400°F for 30 minutes. Remove parchment paper and dried beans.
Tomato Florentine Quiche
- Reduce oven temperature to 375°F.
- Combine drained Petit Diced Tomatoes and Italian bread crumbs in small bowl; set aside.
- Whisk together the eggs and half and half. Add salt, pepper, basil, cheeses, spinach and bacon. Stir to combine. Fold in tomato/bread crumb mixture.
- Pour into prepared quiche crust. Bake at 375°F for 40 minutes. Remove from oven. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before servings.
- Yield: 6 servings. (See Tip 4)
Chula's Expert Tips
- May use unsalted butter in place of the Crisco.
- I start by squeezing the spinach with my hands to remove excess liquid. Then, I place the spinach in doubled paper towels and continue squeezing to remove the liquid. You want to be sure that all of the liquid has been squeezed out.
- The best chopped spinach for this quiche is finely chopped. Roughly chopped spinach tends to dominate the flavor of the quiche.
- Leftovers, if any can be reheated in a 350°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes.