This rustic spinach and bacon quiche has a homemade pastry shell with spinach, bacon, onion, eggs, cheese and semi dried tomato filling. This moreish recipe is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Continue reading for pastry tips, money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Pastry is easy to make at home and only takes a little time. Just remember that it does need to rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before baking to get the best results.
As with any baking it is a must that you have the correct measurements of butter and flour. Be careful to add only enough water to form the dough. You don’t want dry pastry but too wet and you will need to add more flour and butter.
Pastry can be easily made in the food processor however it is just as easy to make by hand as long as you don’t mind getting your fingers dirty! It is best to work the flour as little as possible. As soon as the ball forms press together then place in plastic wrap in the fridge.
Rolling Out Pastry
Flour your work surface to prevent the pastry from sticking then roll from the middle out to either side working your way right around in every direction to achieve a circle.
Place the pie dish over the pastry to judge the size then roll the pastry over your rolling pin to transfer to the dish. If the pastry wants to stick to the counter use floured hands to prise it up as you roll.
Use a fork to put holes in the pastry to prevent it from rising then place a piece of baking paper over the top. Place rice or dried beans on the paper to keep the base flat while baking.
It is important to pre cook pastry bases before placing the quiche ingredients in the shell otherwise the pastry will be raw even though it has cooked for a considerable amount of time with the quiche.
Gluten and Dairy Free Options
For gluten free; replace the flour with a gluten free pastry flour blend and check the bacon for gluten. For dairy free; replace the butter with a dairy free spread and replace the milk with lactose free milk. Some people can tolerate hard cheeses like cheddar otherwise replace it with lactose or dairy free cheese.
Consider semi drying excess tomatoes from the garden to use in this recipe. Try this guide on freezing tomatoes which semi dries the tomatoes before freezing.
Buy pantry staples such as flour in bulk buys then store for up to 12 months in airtight containers in a cool, dry place. Salt and pepper are also great for buying in bulk as they have a long shelf life of up to 2 years for pepper and salt doesn’t go off as long as you keep it dry. Use smaller reusable dispensers for ease of use.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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