Don’t you just love Quiche? It makes a great picnic lunch, delicious dinner, can be eaten warm or cold, it’s an all in one meal, and can be a mini appetizer or a full meal ,how perfect is that. Roast Butternut and Spinach Quiche with olives will make an amazingly delicious addition to your recipe book…it is really good.
I really love the flavors in this quiche. The sweetness of the butternut balance perfectly with the earthy flavour of spinach and thyme and then you bite into a tangy olive….WOW it is amazing.
A little story about how this quiche came to live happily ever after in the pages of my recipe book
This was actually one of the first quiche recipes I made , say about 15 years ago, and was still learning a lot about cooking and baking and really loved it, but was still a bit shaky and nervous about trying out new recipes. Soo this was the one that set the pace. I sat nervously staring into the oven,? ( for the entire time that it baked) hoping that the quiche would set and not burn. And boy was I chuffed when I removed this from the oven….it was beautiful. And it tasted divine. Everybody loved it. Now years later I am using the same recipe, it always bakes to the same perfection, so I can truly say that this is a flop proof recipe and I love it. This will make a great recipe for you if you are just beginning to find your way around cooking and baking, because like I said, it is really simple and will make quite an impressive meal.
Making the Roast Butternut and Spinach Quiche with olives
The part I love the most about this recipe, is roasting the butternut in the oven with the thyme , onions and garlic…it smells absolutely heavenly. The butternut is roasted until tender and the onions and garlic are softened and caramelized. The spinach is chopped and tossed in a pan with a little oil and salt for about 5 minutes. After the butternut and spinach are cooked they are folded into the cottage cheese and egg mixture and poured into the pastry. The pastry is super easy to make as well. Prepare the pastry while the butternut is roasting.
Quick and easy pastry
The pastry is made by rubbing the butter into the dry ingredients, adding an egg yolk and iced water . And all you do gather the dough together, and form a ball with the pastry. no kneading is necessary. Chill the pastry for 10 minutes in the fridge, and then press it out into a quiche pan and fill with the cooked roast butternut and spinach. Top with a bit of grated cheese if you like and bake for 20- 25 minutes.
I know that you will want to dive into this quiche as it comes out the oven( been there…done that) but It is a good idea to let the quiche cool and settle slightly before cutting .
Remember this quiche disappears fast so save a piece for yourself before sharing…again been there, done that…and learnt my lesson.
- FOR THE FILLING
- 60 ml oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 5 sprigs of thyme, use just the leaves
- 250g butternut, roughly cubed
- ½ red bell pepper or tomato chopped
- 6 eggs
- 230 g tub cottage cheese
- 8-10 leaves of spinach, cooked and chopped
- 10 olives, seeds removed and chopped
- FOR THE PASTRY
- 500ml / 2 cups all purpose or cake flour
- 5ml / 1 teaspoon salt
- 5 ml / 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 55 g margarine or butter
- 125 ml / ½ cup cheddar cheese ( optional)
- 2 egg yolks
- 90 ml iced water
- Pre heat the oven to 180°C
- Mix the oil, onions,garlic, thyme, butternut,and pepper or tomato together in an ovenproof dish and roast for about 20 minutes until the butternut is cooked through and tender.
- While it is roasting toss the chopped spinach in a pan with 5ml oil for 5 to 8 minutes until cooked.
- Make the pastry by sifting the flour,salt and baking powder together.
- Rub the margarine into the flour mixture and mix in the grated cheese if using.
- Mix in the egg yolk and iced water and stir into the mixture.
- Mix gently until the you can form a ball with the dough. Do not handle the dough too much.
- Chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- Press out into a quiche tin.
- Whisk eggs, cottage cheese and seasoning together
- Add the roasted butternut mixture,cooked spinach and olives to the egg mixture and pour into the pressed dough.
- Bake at 180°C for 25 to 30 minutes until set and firm to the touch.
- You can cover it loosely with foil if you find that it is browning too quickly before it is baked.
- Cool slightly before cutting.