From Arugula to Ziti: Three-Cheese & Spinach Quiche

Any holiday-time host inevitably ends up spending an incredible amount of time, energy and brain power on one or two big meals. I mean, so much goes into a seated family holiday meal that it's understandable; you could spend weeks just figuring out how you want to dress your turkey! The thing is, most of us also end up serving more than just that one big meal during the holidays. So today I thought I'd try and help fill in the gaps.

Around Christmas there always seems to be a big brunch, and one of my favorite things to serve (and one of the easiest) is a quiche or breakfast casserole. You can throw almost anything imaginable into a quiche, and the warm dish will be a much needed reprieve from pastries and bagels.

I'm usually a stickler for making my own doughs and pie crusts, but over the summer my step mom did something that I thought was genius. My whole family was in North Carolina for my wedding, which meant a lot of people, about half of which were hungry boys. So she made a lot of snack-type breakfast and lunch things to tide everyone over (and keep them out of the food meant for dinner). One of the things she did was a miniature cupcake pan with crescent rolls filled with a quiche mixture. Then she froze them and we microwaved (or toasted) them as we were hungry!

So this holiday season, when the big meal is over and your guests are still expecting, you know, breakfast, throw together a quiche. This is my spinach and three-cheese recipe, but feel free to experiment. Anything from leftover Christmas ham to those Brussel sprouts that didn't quite get eaten is given an amazing second life! Just cover in eggs and impress.

Three-Cheese & Spinach Quiche

½ cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup white cheddar cheese
¼ cup parmesan cheese
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup fresh spinach
Salt & pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 pie crust

Press your pie crust into a pie dish. Shred your cheese.

At the bottom of your dish, spread the spinach out evenly. Top with cheese.

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and spices. Pour over spinach and cheese.

Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until cooked all the way through.

Elena Rosemond-Hoerr is a writer and photographer and can be found on her own website,
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