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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!

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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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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.

10 comments

  • 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

  • […] might also like this Spinach and Goat Cheese Upside Down Quiche–it has the same whole wheat olive oil crust, except it goes on top of the […] Reply · 7 June, 2016

  • […] I’ll start out by rolling the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper, like for this spinach and goat cheese upside down quiche or these individual spinach and blue cheese […] Reply · 13 June, 2016

  • 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

  • Michelle O'Mahoney

    I was looking for a vegan pastry although I did use cheese in the filling. The pastry was lovely, reminded me of a dear friend years ago whom introduced me to vegetarian food.

    I made mine with cauliflower, broccoli and feta., added some almonds, pine nuts and Parmesan. Very nice. I’m now thinking this pastry would make the basis fir some sort of sweet biscuit… Reply · 8 August, 2020

    • The nutty whole wheat along with the oil is so tasty, right? Reply · 9 August, 2020

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