Spinach Tarragon Quiche

by Erin on June 9, 2010

Our mom used to make this for us when we were growing up. I always loved it. It was extra special because she didn’t make it that often. I remember requesting this for my birthday dinner when I was younger. It is delicious! Enjoy!

Spinach Tarragon Quiche
submitted by Erin ~ The Sisters Cafe
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1 unbaked 9 or 10-inch pastry shell
1 small pkg cream cheese, softened (I use 8oz)
1 c. half and half
½ c. soft bread cubes, lightly packed
¼ c. shredded parmesan cheese
2 eggs, slightly beaten
about ¾ to 1 lb fresh spinach, finely chopped
4 Tb butter
1 medium to large onion, finely chopped
½ lb mushrooms, finely chopped
½ tsp dried tarragon (I use a scant ½ tsp, but you can add more than ½ tsp if you want)
¾ tsp salt 

 

Preheat oven to 400°. Mash cream cheese with a fork and gradually blend in half and half. Add bread cubes, parmesan cheese, and eggs and beat with a wire whisk to break up the bread pieces. Take three large handfuls of spinach (that’s my measurement for 1 lb fresh :) ) out of the bag and chop it up; set aside. (The original recipe she gave me said that it would be ~1 c. cooked.) Melt the butter in a frying pan and cook the onion and mushrooms until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Stir in the spinach, tarragon, and salt just before the vegetables become soft; leave on heat for a minute (or less) and then remove from heat. Blend the hot vegetables with the cheese mixture and pour into the pastry shell. Bake in a 400° oven for about 25 minutes or until crust is golden and knife inserted into the filling comes out clean. Let stand 10-15 minutes. Cut and serve.

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1 Catherine June 9, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Wow, a child requesting something spinach related for their birthday dinner? This MUST be good! It looks delicious and I can't wait to try it.

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2 Valerie June 9, 2010 at 12:43 pm

This looks like something I would LOVE! I copied it for sure.

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3 Bonnie June 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Oh, this sounds like a wonderful recipe. I think I will use it for a surprise birthday party brunch I am having. I love all your recipes! Your mom sounds like she taught you girls to be good cooks. She seems like someone I would like to be friends with :)My mother was also a GREAT cook and taught me a lot of what I know. Thank you again for sharing!!

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4 Mindy June 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm

That is so funny that you posted this, sis, because I have been totally craving it lately. Maybe I'll make it this week for dinner. Looks SO good!

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5 Mama Bird June 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Sounds delish! And very diff from my standard quiche recipe. Would love you to join my Whatcha Got Cooking Wednesday Recipe Exchange!

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6 Brittany June 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm

I love this quiche! It is delicious – the best quiche recipe I have ever made. It sounds so yummy right now… I'm starving! :)

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7 Kat June 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm

What a great quiche recipe. Thanks so much for posting.

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8 Marnie June 13, 2010 at 3:25 pm

This is a great quiche recipe and one that I have been making for years. Aunt Jan gave it to my mom several years ago and I happened to run across it one day. It has become a family favorite!

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9 Carolyn July 20, 2010 at 9:38 am

This recipe sounds fantastic. I have some spinach that I don't want to waste so this will be perfect. Have you ever put diced chicken in this? What do you think?

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10 Erin August 19, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Hi Cayolyn! sorry to reply so late, I just got back in town, but anyway, I think diced chicken might work out fine in it. I personally don't think it needs it (and I actually would probably say I think it would be better without it), and I've never tried it before, but if you try it out let me know how it goes!

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11 Mindy October 6, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I made this for dinner tonight. It is one of my favorite indulgent dinners. :) I thought I would mention that the recipe that our Mom uses actually calls for 1 tsp (not 1/2 tsp) Tarragon. I have made it both ways and far prefer more Tarragon. But Tarragon does have a strong flavor, so if you don't particulary like it, then use 1/2 tsp as listed and it will be a subtle flavor.

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12 Anonymous March 21, 2011 at 9:25 am

Is it fresh tarragon or is the measurement for dried tarragon?

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13 Erin March 21, 2011 at 9:30 am

It is 1/2 tsp dried tarragon. But you can substitute 1/2 Tablespoon fresh tarragon if you desire. Enjoy!

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14 Jan December 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm

This is my favorite quiche recipe (by far) – it’s unusual and always a hit.

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