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Fontina & Goat Cheese Tart w/ Crispy Hash Brown Crust
3 ounces baby arugula or spinach, this will seem like too much but don't be alarmed! It will be amazing to you when you see how much it shrinks up in the microwave!
2 tablespoons butter, softened, plus more for pan
1 pound package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
8 large eggs
sea salt and ground pepper
½ cup light sour cream
1 cup half and half
6 ounces grated Fontina cheese
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (goat cheese crumbles easily if you freeze for about 30 minutes beforehand)
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1. Place arugula in a microwave safe container and sprinkle lightly with water (just a sprinkle with your hand - you don't need much at all!). Cover with plastic wrap and cook on high power setting for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and allow to cool.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
3. Spray a 9-by-2 1/2-inch springform pan with cooking spray, then brush with butter. Line the sides of the pan with strips of parchment paper (the same height as pan); brush paper with butter - this part is essential - it will give you the lovely golden crust and keep the crust from sticking to your pan.
4. Place hash browns on 3-4 thicknesses of paper towels and fold paper towels over potatoes. Hold over sink and squeeze excess moisture from hash browns.
5. Remove hash browns from paper towel packet and place in a bowl with butter, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pat into bottom and up sides of prepared pan, using your hands. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until set, 15 to 20 minutes.
6. Place cooled arugula on 3-4 thicknesses of paper towels and using technique in step 4, squeeze out excess liquid.
7. In a large bowl, whisk 7 remaining eggs, sour cream, half and half Fontina cheese, arugula, 1 teaspoons sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until well combined.. Pour into crust, and sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese. Bake until set, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove outer ring of springform pan, and gently peel off parchment paper.
~ There can be lots of variations to this delicious quiche; feel free to replace the Fontina with your favorite type of cheese. Use a creamy Feta in place of the goat cheese. Add ham, bacon, prosciutto, pancetta, Italian sausage or chicken/turkey sausage. Asparagus or scallions could replace the arugula or you could leave these veggies out altogether and just add some fresh herbs and a few chopped sun-dried tomatoes for a fabulous flavor variation.
~ Serve with muffins and fresh fruit for breakfast, brunch or lunch or with some crusty bread and a green salad for a lovely, simple lunch or dinner.
~ You can bake the crust and stir up the egg mixture the night before; in the morning just combine and finish baking!
~ This also re-warms quite nicely in the microwave.
Adapted from Martha Stewart Living