I didn't want to buy a clover shaped pan, since I knew it'd get very little use and take up a lot of space. Instead, I did some brainstorming and came up with two different ways to make 4-leaf clover shaped quiches. Both involve disposable aluminum pans, one a muffin pan and one a pot pie dish. So pick and choose depending on which method you like better. The great thing about this quiche recipe is that it's pretty adaptable in terms of ingredients. Overall, these would make a great treat at any springtime party.
Lucky Spinach Quicheadapted from Smitten Kitchen
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/3 cup half-and-half (or milk or cream)
1/2 cup grated gruyere or cheddar
1/4 cup grated parmesan
3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup diced onion (white, red, or green onions)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 recipe pâte brisée (recipe below)
Preheat oven to 425ºF. Mix the cream cheese with the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the half-and-half, salt, and pepper. Then add the rest of the ingredients: spinach, gruyere, parmesan, and onions. Mix. Shape the pâte brisée in either of the two methods described below. After the shape crusts are filled, place the aluminum tins on a baking sheet and bake the quiches for about 20 minutes. Cool for a few minutes.
Carefully remove the quiches from the aluminum tins, line the baking sheet with parchment paper, and place the quiches on the lined sheet. Place the quiches back in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the crust sides crisp up a bit. Let cool for 10 minutes, then serve.
Makes 3 quiches or 12 mini quiches
Pâte Briséeadapted from Martha Stewart
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 cup ice water
Mix the flour with the salt. Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter or your fingers until it resembles coarse meal. Add the ice water, a little at a time, while gently mixing until the dough sticks together. Split the dough in two. Place each half on a piece of plastic wrap and flatten each into a disc. Wrap the dough in the plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour, until ready to use.
Makes 2 9-inch pie crusts
Shaping the CrustsMethod 1 (3 quiches)
3 aluminum pot pie pans
Method 2 (12 mini quiches)
2 aluminum 6-muffin tins