Wow, we really lucked out with some amazing weather for Mother’s Day this year. My parents came to visit us for the day, starting with a trip to my favorite farmer’s market, The JFX Farmer’s Market. We made our way around the market, picking up things for the week as well as some key ingredients for brunch that I would cook when we came home.
On the menu: Spinach, mushroom & artichoke quiche, lemon ricotta muffins and a beet & feta spinach salad. Mmmmm, delish! The salad is pretty straight forward, dressed with fig balsamic vinegar and garlic & mushroom olive oil (I use a 2:1, vinegar:oil ratio), that I bought at a cute shop, Pure Mountain, while visiting a friend last year.
The lemon ricotta muffins are a Giada De Laurentiis recipe from Food Network, Nonna’s Lemon Ricotta Biscuits. It was the first time I’ve made these, so I followed the recipe exactly.
I made them the night before and then popped them in the oven for 5 min before putting them on the table for brunch. I also baked them for 26 min, not 20 like the recipe calls for. They just didn’t look done at 20 min, so I added time in 2 min increments. As a result (I presume), the outside of the muffins were a little hard, but the insides were perfect!
The quiche was one I’ve made before. It uses ricotta cheese, hence the ricotta muffins…I hate having left over ingredients!
It turned out great, I almost didn’t get a picture before it was gone! The mushrooms and eggs I used were straight from the farmer’s market which was awesome.
Previously, I’ve added parmesane cheese to this quiche but I totally forgot on Mother’s Day. It was still good, but in the future I will be sure to not forget the parmesan cheese. Cheese makes everything better.
Mushroom, Spinach & Artichoke Quiche
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 40 min
Makes: 4 servings
- 1C ricotta cheese
- 4 eggs
- 1/4C parmesan cheese
- 8oz mushrooms, sliced/chopped
- a few handfuls of spinach
- 1 can artichoke hearts, drained & quartered
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
- Saute the mushrooms, about 5-10 min
- Towards the end, add the spinach to wilt
- Meanwhile, combine ricotta, eggs and parmesan in a bowl until smooth
- Add mushrooms, spinach and artichokes to ricotta mixture
- Pour into 9″ cake pan, top with fresh ground pepper
- Bake 40 min
Question: Did you cook for your mom on Mother’s Day?