Winter Blogfest: Helen C. Johannes

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Christmas Quiche by Helen C. Johannes

Want to use up some of that leftover holiday ham and make a dish that looks as festive as the season? My family’s spinach quiche is a year-round favorite, but the colors, flavors, and warm-the-tummy satisfaction especially suit the season.

Crust: Buy a plain pastry crust or use this recipe to make one from scratch.

1 cup flour

¼ tsp. salt

4 tablespoons shortening (plain or butter flavored)

¼ cup cold water, plus more by teaspoon as needed

Blend the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in the shortening until mixture is crumbly. Add water and blend until mixture can be formed into a ball. Roll out into a circle and press into a 9-inch pie pan, fluting the rim. Set aside.


2-3 cups chopped fresh spinach, microwaved 1 ½ minute with 1//2 cup water and drained and set aside

1 small can of mushrooms, drained and chopped

1/3-1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped

1/3 cup chopped ham (or more if desired)

1 8 oz. (2 cups) shredded cheese (I prefer 6-cheese Italian, but any tasty blend will work)

2 tablespoons flour

½ tsp. salt

Dash pepper

3 eggs

1 cup milk

Combine cheese and flour in a medium bowl. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Whisk in milk and seasonings. Stir in tomatoes, mushrooms, ham, and spinach. Using a fork, blend in cheese/flour mixture. Pour everything into pie shell. Bake at 360 degrees F for 1 hour. Let stand a couple of minutes before cutting and serving. Makes 8 generous pieces of green and red and golden deliciousness.


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Helen C. Johannes writes award-winning fantasy romance inspired by the fairy tales she grew up reading and the amazing historical places she’s visited in England, Ireland, Scotland and Germany. She writes tales of adventure and romance in fully realized worlds sprung from pure imagination and a lifelong interest in history, culture, and literature. Warriors on horseback, women who refuse to sit idly at home, and passion that cannot be denied or outrun—that’s what readers will find in her books.


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  1. Sounds like an intriguing book for my TBR pile and love the quiche recipe. I’m saving it to make Christmas morning!!

  2. This sounds fabulous and much better than my old fall back idea! I’d take a box of Betty Crocker Au Gratin potatoes, cook them, and then throw the leftover ham into the mix. Not very fancy, but my husband loved it. 😀

  3. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Helen! I love quiche!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer. I think of this as a journeyman’s recipe, but it looks so pretty when it comes out of the oven. Enjoy the Holidays!

  4. Quiche is one of my favorites. Your recipe sounds yummy and not complicated to make…which is good because no one ever confused me with Julia Child! LOL
    Thanks for sharing your family recipe and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Susie Black

  5. Quiche is one of my favorites. Your recipe sounds yummy and not complicated to make…which is good because no one ever confused me with Julia Child! LOL
    Susie Black

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