- Recipe is from http://www.recipegoldmine.com
- Spinach tends to be infested with aphids, thrips and other insects. Please see “Kashrut Instructions” below for instructions on checking spinach for insect infestation.
- 1 (17.5 oz.) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 1 cup fresh spinach, cleaned and stemmed
- ½ cup diced red bell pepper
- 4 Tablespoons water
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 onion
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tomatoes
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a quiche dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Line the quiche dish with puff pastry, press the pastry firmly in place, and trim away any excess pastry. Bake for 10 minutes.
- In a large skillet, place spinach and 4 Tablespoons water. Heat the mixture over medium and cover the skillet. Cook until the spinach is done, approximately 2 minutes then drain well.
- Add nutmeg to the spinach and puree the mixture.
- Chop onion, dice red pepper, and cut tomato into thin slices; set tomatoes aside.
- In a large skillet, saute the onions and red pepper with butter or margarine to taste. Saute until the onions are soft and transparent.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, beat eggs. Stir in the cottage cheese, spinach, and 1/2 cup of cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
- Arrange onions and peppers along the bottom of the pastry-lined quiche dish. Arrange the tomatoes over the onions. Pour the egg-mixture over the onions and tomatoes, and top entire concoction with the remaining cheese.
- Bake at 350°F for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the quiche has set in the middle.
SPINACH & ARUGULA:
Please note: Only flat leaf spinach is recommended because its flat surface lends itself to efficient washing. Curly leaf spinach is difficult to clean and check. It is therefore not recommended.
INFESTATION: Spinach and arugula tend to be highly infested throughout the year. Light green thrips are often found in the small curls of the leaves. Occasionally, worms may be found in burrows within the body of the leaf. Look for a narrow (1/8_) translucent burrow speckled with black dots breaking up the deep green color of the leaf. These burrows will often trap the worm within the leaf. To rid the leaf of these worms, carefully slit the bumpy part within the burrow with a sharp knife and remove the worm.
- Soak leaves in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
- Separate the spinach leaves and agitate them in the soapy solution.
- Using a heavy stream of water or a power hose, remove all foreign matter and soap from the leaf surface. Alternatively, a vegetable brush may be used on both sides of the leaf.
- Several leaves should be checked over a light box or under strong overhead light to verify that the washing procedure has been effective. Both sides of the leaf must be checked.
- If it is practical, it is best to check each leaf.