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Smoked Salmon and Spinach Hashbrown Quiche & 13-cup KitchenAid Food Processor GIVEAWAY!

Smoked Salmon & Spinach Hashbrown Quiche

Did fall just disappear? In one day? I woke up this morning and got round house kicked by Mr. Winter. I was really loving fall there for a while guys. I could live in a permanent state of fall time colors, cozy sweaters and crisp cool mornings. What I realized yesterday however, is that fall is dead and winter is upon us. Or at least here in Seattle it is. It was 29 and I’m pretty sure I didn’t feel my toes at work until 10am! It might also have something to do that my office was also 42 when I got in. Say whaaa?

Smoked Salmon & Spinach Hashbrown Quiche

If you have ever seen me in my office, you might confuse me with Randy from a Christmas Story – I’m so bundled up I can’t put my arms down! There’s coats, gloves, lap blankets, and if I had access to a space heater I’d probably roost on it like a chicken.

Quiche always struck me as one of those super-fancy-reserved-for-Mother’s-Day-Brunch dishes. But I think it needs to be brought out of the depths of the calendar and into regular breakfast, lunch and dinner rotation for the holidays. It’s suprisingly easy to make and doesn’t require much work at all! Whisked eggs, a little cream, and a few choice veggies together, pour into a pie crust and bake. Whammo! And it’s always impressive. You can’t go wrong.

Instead of a traditional pie crust, I opted for a giant hash brown as a crust and it was a slam dunk. I HIGHLY recommend giving this totally easy and impressive quiche for you and your family this holiday season.

Smoked Salmon & Spinach Hashbrown Quiche

Have you enjoyed all the pies from this Pie Week? There have been so many, it’s hard to choose a favorite. Be sure to check out the rest of this week’s pies.

On Monday there was the Apple Cherry Galette with Kettle Chip Crumble where I threw a bunch of potato chips into the crumble and it was Gooooddd. And we teamed up with King Arthur Flour to giveaway a bunch of Pie baking Supplies for your holiday needs!



Wednesday was brought to you by the letter “L” for Leftovers. I can be found shoulders deep in the fridge the day after Thanksgiving for a cold turkey sandwich, but after three days, I need a change of pace and these Mini Southwest Chipotle Turkey Pot Pies really fit the bill. Of course, “L” also stands for Le Creuset where we are giving away an OXO and Le Creuset Pie Kit to bake your pie in style!


Mini Southwest Chicken Pot Pies - Perfect for left over chicken or turkey! And who doesn't love pot pie!


Today we’re wrapping it all up with a Kitchen Aid Giveaway!! Be sure to enter below and on all the other giveaways this week! And of course, be sure to add all of this week’s fantastic pies to your Thanksgiving menu!


Check out what the other Pie Week Ladies have created!

Toasted Coconut Caramel Cream Pie – The Baker Chick

Chocolate Drizzled Pecan Pie Bites– Nutmeg Nanny

S’mores Hand Pies– Chocolate and Carrots

Pumpkin Coconut Pie– Dessert for Two

Chocolate Pudding Pie– Eats Well with Others

Cranberry Apple Pie– Keep it Sweet Desserts

Caramel Chess Tart- Bake or Break

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Almond Bark- Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

White Chocolate Peppermint Cream Pie– Dinners Dishes and Desserts

Smoked Salmon and Spinach Quiche– Country Cleaver

Apple Pie Ice Cream– Carla’s Confections

Triple Fruit Slab Pie– Foodie with Family

Smoked Salmon and Spinach Quiche with Hashbrown Crust

Yield: 1 Quiche

Prep Time: 40 Minutes

Cook Time: 1 Hour

Total Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

PrintPrint Recipe


2 Russet Potatoes, peeled and shredded
¼ cup Vegetable Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 oz Smoked Salmon, flaked (Not Lox)
1 cup Frozen Spinach, thawed and drained
1 clove Garlic, minced
6 Eggs
½ cup Heavy Cream
¼ cup Milk
3 Tbsp. Flour
½ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Shred potatoes into a large bowl filled with cold water. Let the potatoes sit for 10 minutes to remove excess starches that come out while shredded. Drain and rinse potatoes until the water runs clean. Drain well. Lay out several paper towels onto a clean service. Pour potatoes onto the paper towels and pat dry to remove excess moisture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil until shimmering over medium-high heat. Pour the potatoes into the bottom of the non-stick pan and press potatoes into the bottom of the pan forming a skillet sized potato pancake. Let the hashbrowns simmer until they turn crispy and golden brown. Using two oven mitts and a large plate, very carefully invert the hashbrown onto the plate. Place skillet back onto the burner and slide uncooked side of the hashbrown into the skillet to cook on the other side until crispy and golden brown.

Remove from the burner and slide hashbrown into a pie pan.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, garlic, cream, milk, flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in smoked salmon and spinach until evenly distributed.
Pour into the prepared hashbrown crust. Place in oven and bake until the center is set - about 45 minutes for a standard pie plate. Check after 35 minutes to ensure it does not over cook.

Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven's Butternut Squash Quiche

Smoked Salmon and Spinach Quiche with Hash Brown Crust


33 Responses to “Smoked Salmon and Spinach Hashbrown Quiche & 13-cup KitchenAid Food Processor GIVEAWAY!”

  1. #
    Joanne — November 22, 2013 @ 3:36 am

    I somehow forget about how fabulous quiches are and then I spot one like this and it hits me all over again. Mmmm.

  2. #
    Tieghan — November 22, 2013 @ 5:28 am

    I love quiches, but never make them for some reason! Your salmon one looks to die for and really perfect for holiday entertaining!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — November 22, 2013 @ 5:39 am

    Quiche is one of my all-time favorite dishes, but what usually holds me back from making it on a given night is having to fuss with the crust. Girl, you are my superhero! This hashbrown right is straight-up simple goodness.

  4. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 22, 2013 @ 6:14 am

    I am so embarrassed..I HAVE NEVER MADE A QUICHE IN MY LIFE. Ok there. I said it. 🙁 {{{{HIDES}}}}

  5. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — November 22, 2013 @ 6:59 am

    A hashbrown crust is absolutely genius! This sounds like the perfect contribution to a holiday brunch! I love it!

  6. #
    Gloria — November 22, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    This quiche is something I want to make, but when I try to access the recipe, I get an error message – “Error 404 – Not Found.”

    • Megan replied: — November 22nd, 2013 @ 7:26 am

      Hi Gloria!! Thanks for letting me know you couldn’t see the recipe – it’s back up now!! Hope you like it!!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 22, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    Okay so long story short. I need a 13 cup food processor. I just broke mine the other day after I made a pie crust. Yup… so like don’t feel like you have to pick me because we’re friends… or because mine broke or anything… I’ll still make this amazing quiche if I have to grate the spuds myself… bloody knuckles would be totally worth it. 🙂

  8. #
    Gloria — November 22, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    Thanks Megan! I am so making this beautiful quiche this weekend. Stay warm!

  9. #
    Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — November 22, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    This quiche is brilliant! Hashbrown crust and all!

  10. #
    Terry Grieve @ Culinary Collage — November 22, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    This quiche sounds like a great breakfast comfort food! I’d love to win the food processor too!

  11. #
    Melenie — November 22, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    pick me pick me! Lovely brunch recipe. Thanks!

  12. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — November 22, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    Quiche is seriously the best! I havent had one in a while and that needs to change! Im going to make this one!! 🙂

  13. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — November 22, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    That is seriously one absolutely gorgeous quiche!!

  14. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — November 22, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    29 degrees? Now that is cold but this spinach hashbrown quiche would warm me right up!

  15. #
    Jenny — November 22, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    I’m confused. No eggs in this recipe.

    • Megan replied: — November 22nd, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

      Sorry Jenny – There are 6 eggs in the recipe.

  16. #
    Lori Biss — November 22, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    why no eggs? I read the blog….”whisking a few eggs together”, then saw the photo….lovely, then read the recipe…..Where are the eggs??? does this recipe really require none? something just doesn’t look right…please let me know how many, or if they are even needed, do not want to waste ingredients…thank you Lori

    • Megan replied: — November 22nd, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

      Sorry Lori – yes, there are eggs. I just added them to the recipe. I missed them, blame it on a lack of coffee. Thanks!

  17. #
    Rebecca {foodie with family} — November 22, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    Holy heck, woman. Are you trying to kill me with quiche desire here? I would elbow an old woman out of the way for a slice of that. Oh wait. I am an old woman.

  18. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 22, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

    What a fancy schmancy breakfast! Jason would love this!

  19. #
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — November 23, 2013 @ 6:28 am

    It’s winter here in KC to! I’m dreading going outside today. Awful awful awful. I’ve lived here my whole life and I’m still shocked when winter comes. Good thing I have food to fatten me up to keep me warm! 🙂 This quiche looks AWESOME, I love the smoked salmon, and the hashbrown crust? Ridiculous.

  20. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — November 23, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    I’ve actually never made quiche but I love this version! And yes, it is all of the sudden winter… when did that happen?

  21. #
    Susan Taylor — November 24, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    Where is this marvelous recipe for salmon and spinach quiche with eggs added to the recipe? Please e-mail it to me, if possible. I headed right for it, first on the list to try and could not find anything except the hype for it.


  22. #
    Gaby — November 25, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    Can’t wait to try this gorgeous quiche!!

  23. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — December 1, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    Quiches are the bomb. You just took it to a whole nother level, Megan. Yum!!!

  24. #
    Julia Jolliff — February 18, 2016 @ 5:22 pm

    I love the idea of salmon in quiche! I have to give that a try!

  25. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — February 18, 2016 @ 6:20 pm

    My Hubby loves hashbrown quiche. I LOVE that you used smoked salmon. This is gorgeous! 


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