Spinach and Bacon Quiche

For the crust:
1 ½ cupsGiusto's All-Purpose Flour
½ teaspoonSalt
6 tablespoonsChilled, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2
3 tablespoonsChilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces
4 tablespoons (about)Ice water
For the filling:
6Slices of bacon, cut into 1/2" pieces
½ cupChopped shallots
8 ouncesSpinach, stems trimmed, leaves coarsely chopped
2 teaspoonsBalsamic vinegar
1 cupWhipping cream
3 largeEggs
½ teaspoonSalt
¼ teaspoonGround black pepper
¾ cupShredded Gruy�re cheese (about 2-1/2 ounces)


To make the crust:

Blend flour and salt in processor. Add butter and shortening. Using on/off turns, process until mixture resembles coarse meal. Mix in enough ice water to form moist clumps.

Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic and chill until dough is firm enough to roll out, about 30 minutes.

Roll out dough on floured surface to 12-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter pie pan. Trim dough overhang to 1 inch. Fold overhang in and press, forming double-thick high-standing sides.

Pierce crust all over with fork. Freeze crust 30 minutes. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep frozen.)

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 400�F. Bake crust until golden brown, piercing with fork if crust bubbles, about 20 minutes. Transfer crust to rack.

Reduce temperature to 375�F.

To make the filling:

Cook bacon in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels and drain.

Add shallots to same skillet and saut� until tender, about 2 minutes. Add spinach and saut� until just wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Add balsamic vinegar; toss to combine.

Sprinkle spinach mixture, then bacon over crust.

Whisk cream, eggs, salt and pepper in large bowl to blend. Stir in cheese. Pour mixture into crust.

Bake quiche until filling is slightly puffed and golden, about 35 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut into wedges.

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