My absolute favorite quiche recipe! This deep dish quiche has a tender, flaky crust and a fluffy egg center filled with sautéed leeks and spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and creamy goat cheese. So flavorful and delicious!!
My inspiration for this amazing Leek, Sun-Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Quiche came from my love for French Meadow Bakery & Cafe in Minneapolis. They serve the most delicious deep-dish quiche, and it’s literally the only thing I’ve ever ordered off of their menu because it’s that good. So I knew I had to recreate it at home, and I'm equally as obsessed. It's a must make!!
Besides their bomb food, what I also really love about French Meadow Bakery is that they source food locally and support organic farmers. Does it get any better? If you’ve never been to French Meadow, and live in the Twin Cities area, add it your list. They also have a location in St. Paul and at the MSP airport - if you’re a passerby.
When it comes to making quiche at home, I always like to make deep dish quiche. One slice of deep dish quiche and you're satisfied! I also need lots of vegetable filling and a thick, flakey crust. This quiche is just that! I make this quiche on repeat and I typically eat the entire quiche myself lol but over the course of a week. I'll eat it for breakfast every single day - it's that good.
This Leek, Sun-Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Quiche is loaded with so much deliciousness. The leeks are sautéed to tender perfection, and the spinach and sun-dried tomatoes add so much texture and flavor. Also, let’s not forget about the goat cheese. It’s just so creamy, rich and perfect in quiche because it’s not overpowering, it melts right into the fluffy egg center. If you’ve never had goat cheese, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Not be shy. But, if you insist that you're not a fan of goat cheese, I suggest either using Feta or Gruyere cheese.
Deep Dish Crust.
Flour. All-purpose flour is all you need.
Salt. Table salt is fine.
Shortening. Shortening makes the pie crust a little easier to roll out because of its high melting point, and it also helps the crust hold its shape while baking. I like to use butter flavored shortening, but regular shortening will also work. Alternatively, you can replace the shortening with more butter.
Butter. I always use salted butter, but unsalted butter will also work.
Vinegar. Vinegar helps to create a flakier dough that is easier to work with because it slightly inhibits gluten development. All you need is a little distilled white vinegar. If you don't have vinegar on hand, you can replace the vinegar with more cold water.
Cold water. Always use cold water when making pie to prevent the crust from getting warm. Warm pie crust is likely to tear when you're transferring it to the pie pan.
Leek, Sun-Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Quiche Filling.
Leeks. Leeks can be found in the produce section of the grocery store next to fresh vegetables and herbs. If you aren't familiar with how to cut leeks, here is great article on How to Cut Leeks.
Butter. Again, I always use salted butter, but feel free to use unsalted butter.
Spinach. Just baby spinach.
Sun-dried tomatoes. I like to use the julienne cut sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil.
Goat cheese. NEVER buy goat cheese that is pre-crumbled. It's dry and has a weird taste. You want to buy a goat cheese log - it's soft, moist and has great flavor.
Salt. Table salt is fine.
Do You Need To Pre-Bake the Crust?
Nope! This recipe does not require you to pre-bake the crust, which I absolutely love! Pre-baking pie crust is just one extra step that I like to avoid when possible.
The reason most quiche or pie recipes call for pre-baking the crust is to prevent the filling from creating a soggy crust while baking. Well, with this crust recipe, I have never had that issue! There is no pre-baking required and the crust still comes out so flakey, buttery and tender and never soggy!
What I also love about this crust is that it’s nice and thick, so it pairs well with the deep dish egg filling.
How Deep is a Deep Dish Quiche?
Most quiche recipes are made in a shallow tart pan, but I prefer to make deep dish quiche so that one hearty slice of quiche is enough to satisfy your appetite.
I use a deep-dish tart pan that creates a quiche that is about 2 inches deep. You can also use a deep dish pie pan or springform pan.
If you want to make the quiche in a 1-inch shallow tart pan, you certainly can! Just cut the recipe in half and reduce the baking time by close to half, as well.
What are Leeks?
If you've never cooked with leeks before, don't be intimated. They're part of the onion family, and they're really tasty. They have a more mild flavor compared to bulb onions.
Being that leeks grow primary underground, there can be sand and dirt lodged inside. So, it's important to clean them well before cooking. Start by cutting off and discarding the dark green top and the root, then thinly slice the white and light green part. Place the sliced leeks in a bowl filled with cold water, and use your hands to clean and dislodge any dirt. Strain from the water and you're good to go. If you need it, here is a link to a more thorough article on cleaning leeks.
What are Sun-Dried Tomatoes?
Sun-dried tomatoes are dehydrated tomatoes, shrinking up and losing all of their water content. They are sweet, tangy, chewy and super flavorful. They're great in quiche, salad, pasta, and more.
If desired, you can save the olive oil that the sun-dried tomatoes come in and use if for cooking in place of regular olive oil. It's super flavorful!
As a note, fresh tomatoes can not be used in place of sun-dried tomatoes. The water content in fresh tomatoes will create a soupy, soggy quiche.
Tips & Substitutions.
What can you substitute for leeks? Leeks have a mild onion flavor, so a great substitute would be shallots.
How to tell if quiche is done baking. When removing quiche from the oven, the edges should be set, but the center should be a little jiggly. To check for doneness, insert a knife into the egg filling about an inch or two from the center of quiche - if it comes out clean, then the quiche is done cooking. Let the quiche rest for at least an hour before slicing - it will finish baking through to the center as it sits.
How long should quiche rest after baking? Deep dish quiche should rest for at least one hour to fully set through to the center before slicing. But, I personally like to let quiche rest until it's about at room temperature - it slices nicer, and I think quiche tastes best just slightly warm.
What pan to use for deep dish quiche. Use a pan that is 9-10 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep. I use a deep dish tart pan, but you can also use a deep dish pie pan or a springform pan. Keep in mind that springform pans are typically deeper, about 3 inches, so the crust won't need to come to the top of the springform pan, only about 2 inches up the sides.
More of my favorite brunch recipes!
- Homemade Biscuits and Country Sausage Gravy
- Hot Buttered Rum French Toast Bake
- Extra Cheesy Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole
- Farmers Breakfast Casserole
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Leek, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Goat Cheese Deep Dish Quiche
Thick deep dish pie crust (so flaky!)
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup shortening
- ½ cup cold butter, diced
- ½ tablespoon white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 2 leeks, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2-3 ounces fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped (about half a bag)
- 4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped (about half a jar of julienne cut in oil)
- 4-5 ounce package of soft goat cheese, broken into crumbles (avoid buying pre-crumbled goat cheese - it's dry and doesn't taste as good)
- 8 eggs
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
Thick deep dish pie crust
- In a food processor or large bowl, pulse or mix together flour and salt. Add the shortening and butter. Pulse 8-12 times or use a pastry cutter to work shortening and butter into flour until it resembles a coarse meal. If using a pastry cutter, it'll take a few minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, vinegar, and cold water and pour into the food processor with the flour mixture and pulse until dough begins to form a ball. If using a bowl, use forks or a pastry cutter to work together until dough starts to combine, then use your hands to finish working into a ball. If the dough seems dry, add up to another ½ tablespoon cold water.
- Roll dough into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before rolling out. Use this time to make the filling.
- In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add leeks and sauté for 5-7 minutes until leeks become soft. Add spinach to the pan and cook an additional 1-2 minutes until spinach is wilted.
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, heavy cream, salt, and pepper. Stir in the cooked leeks and spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and half of the goat cheese.
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Roll out pie dough on a well-floured surface to about a 13-14 inch circle. Transfer to a 9 or 10 inch deep dish tart pan, deep dish pie pan or springform pan, and press dough into bottom and up the sides of the pan. Pour in the egg mixture and sprinkle with remaining crumbled goat cheese.
- Place the quiche onto a parchement lined baking sheet. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the edges are lighly golden brown, then loosely cover with tinfoil and continue baking for another 30-45 minutes until the quiche is set around the edges and slightly jiggly in the center. To check if the quiche is done, insert a knife halfway between the side and center of the filling - it will come out clean if it's done.
- Remove from oven and let rest for at least 1 hour before serving. Slice and enjoy!