There are 80 Marie Callender's restaurants in the United States and Mexico with more on the way. Marie's commitment to freshly prepared foods using only the highest-quality ingredients still endures. Marie Callender's serves up a wide variety of classic American foods updated with today's flavors. They started the business with legendary pies. So be sure to leave room for pie. You can choose from over 30 handmade varieties.
Marie Callender's Copycat Recipe
Makes 2 Pies
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon plus a pinch table salt
9 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
4 tablespoons ice water
6 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups half and half
2 cups cooked chopped spinach
1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese
1-2 tablespoon mozzarella cheese
1-2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
FOR THE CRUST: In a large bowl combine the flour & salt. Add the butter with fingers, rubbing until incorporated completely and water. Gather the dough by rolling it into a ball, being sure to collect any fallen dough from the corners. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into a round ball. Roll the dough over your rolling pin and lift it over the tart pan. Unroll it loosely over the tart pan and gently press the dough into the pan without stretching it. Fold a bit of the excess dough inward to form a lip. Prick the bottom of the shell all over with a fork, cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes or overnight. Arrange a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425 degrees. Remove the foil, line the frozen shell with parchment or fresh foil, fill it with pennies or pie weights, and put it on a baking sheet.
Bake until the sides are set, about 12 minutes. Remove the parchment and weights and continue to bake until the dough is just beginning to brown lightly, another 6 to 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack until needed.
FOR THE FILLING: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cook the spinach and bacon ahead of time. Combine the eggs, cream, spinach, mozzarella, seasoning, and swiss in a food processor or bowl. stir until well-incorporated. Line the bottom of the pie crust(s) with a slight layer of cheddar cheese before pouring in the egg mixture. Bake the pie for 45 to 60 minutes until the egg mixture is set all the way through. Once the quiche is set; sprinkle the crumbled bacon over the quiche, sprinkle the remaining cheese over that.