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Friday, April 19, 2013

Quiche {Foodie Friday}


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One wouldn't think that "Q" would be an easy letter about which to find a topic, but since it landed on Friday, my first thought was "Quiche"!  (I also considered quinoa, but I haven't had much experience cooking with that yet.)

Quiche wasn't something I ate much growing up, but just a few months ago I came across this recipe on Elsie's blog, Back to the Source.  I was inspired.  Here is a dish that is simple to make, requires virtually no measuring (which I rarely do anyway), is extremely adaptable, and can be suited to anyone's taste and refrigerator contents.  Plus, it's a meal in itself, incorporating all the food groups into one dish.  And it doesn't require meat (although that can be added), making it a very frugal meal as well.
Photo credit: Back to the Source

The basic components of quiche are these:
Eggs
Cheese/other dairy
Optional meats
Vegetables
Seasonings

Click HERE for Elsie's "recipe" (the post is titled, "How to Make Quiche Without a Recipe") and specific instructions, as well as mix-in ideas.

Here's how I usually do it:

The pie crust I use is Betty Crocker's recipe, except I use white-whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose and sometimes coconut oil in place of the shortening.

I use 4-6 eggs, depending on how much of the "other stuff" I want to mix in;
about 1 cup milk;
1-1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (any combination at all, but I usually use cheddar and whatever else I have)
1/2 cup yogurt or cottage cheese
1 cup or more spinach, either fresh or frozen (if using frozen, thaw first)
1/2 cup tomato, chopped
basil, oregano, and/or tarragon, about 1 tsp total
salt and pepper to taste
sometimes some onion, about 1/4 cup, chopped fine
1-3 cloves garlic, minced

Beat the eggs, milk, and yogurt.  Fold in the cheese and vegetables.  Mix in seasonings.  Pour into prepared pie crust and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.  The cooking time will depend on the consistency of your egg mixture.  Keep an eye on it, and after about half an hour check every five to ten minutes.  When it no longer "jiggles" in the middle, it's done.

We like this for breakfast, lunch OR dinner, and the leftovers are always great, too!

Have you ever eaten or made quiche?  What do you like in it?  What other foods can you think of that begin with "Q"?

6 comments:

  1. I am eating my breakfast reading this, Guess what I will be having for lunch?
    Wonderful post as always. looked very inviting.
    Yvonne.

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  2. Whenever I make a quiche it's never the same.

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  3. That looks scrumptious ! I've never mad one but love quiche.

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  4. Mmm, quiche... I've never made it, but my mom has a few times. It's also a staple at church Easter breakfasts! I had scrambled eggs with spinach, tarragon, and oregano this morning. Not quite quiche, but quite yummy! I can't think of other foods that begin with Q other than quinoa...hmm.

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  5. I must confess, I'm not a quiche fan but I know they're big with the foodies so I won't snark.

    Other Q foods: quesadillas, quince, quail, quail eggs, quick bread.

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  6. I think I'm feeling in the mood for quiche now... Actually, quinoa is something I've been trying to work into our food more. I mix it with rice usually because I find plain quinoa bland, even after spicing it up. Quinoa pasta is excellent, however.

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