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Monday, February 16, 2009

Spinach Quiche

In the Philippines, anything with meat and veggies that we cook with eggs that look like pancake, we called omelet. When I came here to the US and started browsing the net and magazines for recipes, I realized that this comes closest to "quiche" although that would have been baked and would have a crust. Well, this does not use crust nor an oven. I still fried it in oil, but covered to cook on medium low heat until the top is set. Another way for me to use leftovers - baby spinach, ground beef, and shredded cheese.

Oil for frying (I used probably about 1/2 cup)
5 eggs
1 cup uncooked baby spinach
1 medium onion
1/4 cup cooked ground beef
1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded cheese
some garlic powder
salt and pepper
dash of ground basil

Heat the saucepan under medium heat (#6). Meanwhile, chop baby spinach in a chopper. Do the same with onion. Beat the eggs. Mix the chopped veggies in; season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and ground basil.
Pour oil into the pan. When hot enough (after about 5 minutes or so), pour the mixture. Cover, lower heat to #3 and cook until jus starting to set (about 7 minutes). Sprinkle ground beef on top and cook further until completely set. Remove from pan and transfer to a plate. Sprinkle cheese on top and cover for several minutes more until cheese is melted some.

My kids liked it. We ate that with fried dinaing na bangus, atsarang papaya, and rice.


  1. Would this also be considered 'torta'? Whatever the name, this looks so good!

    BTW, I forgot to mention in an earlier comment that I'm really looking forward to hearing about your hopia! I've always wanted to make some myself.

  2. TN,
    yap, torta in Filipino.

    I made the hopia quite successfully but it was lots of work. Maybe I should take it easy on wrapping the filling with the dough. :) I will post maybe later tonight or tomorrow...gotta go skiing first! (gonna be my first time!)

  3. ahh torta pala ang close relative ng quiche

    pero pansin ko mas makapal ang quiche, parang pie sa kapal

    my entry is here

    magandang araw ka-lasa-ista :)
    Salamat sa pagbisita :)

  4. Wow! sarap naman. I will try this recipe.

    BTW, Manang, tangalin mo yung nakalagay na "pls. click on ..." pinag-babawal ng Google yun.

  5. Jay,
    parang pie talaga ang quiche. Dapat nga me crust and baked; mas gusto ko lang style pinoy.
    Me karinderia nun, madalas kong bilhan ng tortang giniling, ganito rin kakapal, siguro inoven.

    Thanks sa tip! Tinanggal ko na. :)


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