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Spinach and Goat Cheese Upside Down Quiche

Topped with a flaky whole wheat olive oil crust, this is quiche that looks like pie. Goat cheese and spinach sautéed with onion and fresh herbs amid a rich custard, you could call it savory spinach flan. With pastry on top of the filling, let’s call it spinach and goat cheese upside down quiche!

cut slice on plate of Spinach and Goat Cheese Upsde Down Quiche

Custards are easy to make and greens and eggs go well together, so quiche is a good call when you have both on hand. Instead of baking your quiche inside a pie crust, pour the filling into a pie pan and casually arrange wedges of pastry on top!


sautéed spinach and garlic scapes in pan for Spinach and Goat Cheese Upside Down Quiche

Real men don’t eat quiche. Yeah, right. Where did that come from? Men, women, grownups, children, and in-be-tweens love this quiche that looks like a pie. Serve it for brunch. Or a light afternoon lunch. For dinner last night I ate 2 wedges cold!

All you do is sauté onions and garlic, adding whatever chopped herbs you have, and wilt in the spinach. Rub a bit of oil in the bottom of a pan and spread the seasoned spinach around. Next sprinkle on some sort of cheese, in this case goat cheese. Finally whisk eggs and milk or cream, and pour over the spinach and cheese. Pastry on top of the whole assemblage turns it upside-down!

When you cook a mixture of greens, cheese and custard stove top in a skillet, it’s a frittata. If the savory combo is baked in a pastry shell, you’ve got quiche. When the crust goes on top, in my book, it’s upside down quiche.

collage of quiche ready for crust, and crust ready to top the custard for Spinach and Goat Cheese Upside Down Quiche

About the milk or cream. There are enough eggs and cheese in this recipe to set the custard. For the milk, you can use non-dairy milk, like almond, soy, cashew milks, or whole milk, low-fat milk, or half and half cream.

ready to bake Spinach and Goat Cheese Upside Down Quiche

This wholesome whole wheat olive oil dough comes together in 5 minutes and you can roll it out immediately. Besides the ease of making this pastry, the beauty is you don’t have to worry about rolling it perfectly or getting into the pan with grace. You just roll out the dough, cut it into wedges and arrange almost haphazardly on top. The custard seeps through in the baking, molding everything together.

hot from the oven Spinach and Goat Cheese Upside Down Quiche

This recipe is adapted from Deborah Madison’s Spinach and Goat Cheese Pie in The Greens Cookbook. (Affiliate link)

You might also want to try this spinach custard with feta cheese, almond milk and fresh herbs.

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5 from 2 votes
cut slice on plate of Spinach and Goat Cheese Upsde Down Quiche
Spinach and Goat Cheese Upside Down Quiche
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins

This filling is a basic vegetable custard recipe. Feel free to substitute any greens, such as chard or kale, and your choice of herbs. The crust is a winner with rustic olive oil and whole wheat flavors, and just enough saltiness to keep you wanting another bite, and another. Makes one 10-inch quiche.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Keyword: goat cheese, quiche spinach
Servings: 8 servings.
Calories: 328 kcal
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion , chopped, about ¾ cup
  • 1 garlic clove , minced or ¾ cup chopped garlic scapes (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 8 ounces spinach , stems removed, and leaves torn into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon plus ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk or cream (see note)
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onions and garlic, or scapes, if using, and cook a few minutes, until the onion is translucent. If you are using fresh garlic, let the onion cook several minutes before stirring in the garlic. Stir in the chopped herbs. (see note)

  2. Add as much of the spinach as the skillet will hold, stir a minute until it wilts and then add the rest, stirring until all the spinach has wilted. Season with the 1/8 teaspoon of salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly oil a 10-inch quiche mold.
  4. Distribute the spinach mixture over the bottom of the mold. Sprinkle with about half the cheese.
  5. Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Whisk in the other half of the cheese. Stir in the milk and the remaining ¼ teaspoon of salt and the cayenne.
  6. Pour over the spinach and cheese.
  7. Make the crust:
  8. Pre-heat the oven to 375° F.
  9. Stir the flour and salt together in a bowl.
  10. In another bowl, whisk the oil and water until it is thick and creamy. Pour over the flour, all at once. Mix with your fingers until blended, and then form into a flattened ball.
  11. Roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment or waxed paper to about 1/8-inch thick. Gently remove the top paper. Cut into rough wedges. Arrange on top of custard.
  12. Bake 35 to 45 minutes, until the custard is set and beginning to show brown color on top.
  13. Serve warm, after letting the custard rest 5 minutes. The quiche is also delicious at room temperature or cold.
Recipe Notes
  • If it is early season, and they are available, use garlic scapes.
  • Use fresh herbs of your choice--from your garden, or herbs you find in your CSA box or at the Farmer’s Market.
  • You can use dairy milk or dairy-free milk. Half and half cream or heavy cream will make this upside-down quiche good and rich. 
Nutrition Facts
Spinach and Goat Cheese Upside Down Quiche
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 400mg17%
Potassium 375mg11%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 3060IU61%
Vitamin C 9.1mg11%
Calcium 145mg15%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • I’ve never seen an upside down quiche before. Looks quite interesting and very clever I might add. 🙂 Of course the spinach and goat cheese filling is awesome! Love this! Reply · 10 July, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks for writing MJ! Reply · 15 July, 2014

  • Savvy

    I’m grateful that I found you @ Deer Valley many seasons ago, then met you @ WS while you were doing a class. Your Snowball is a favorite…sitting on my shelf just waiting for my next cooking day. In the meantime, kale’s on the menu for making the quiche for dinner. Yum!! Reply · 28 November, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Savvy! I keep Chocolate Snowball on my cookbook shelf too! Reply · 29 November, 2014

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  • Adrienne

    This is great! I’m having a brunch tomorrow for Thanksgiving and my daughter recently found out she has CMPA. I’m always looking for new recipes that don’t include cow’s milk! Reply · 23 November, 2016

    • Thanks Adrienne! How did the tart come out for you? Reply · 26 November, 2016

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