Sunday, September 13, 2009

easy quiche, or "cheesey bacon pie"

I made our easy quiche the other day. We always have evaporated milk on hand so I use this instead of cream. It's part of a great quick dinner. The picture doesn't do it justice.

We served it the first night with a big salad and cherry tomatoes from the garden. M said, "This is good!"and ate about 4 bites. Next morning we had it cold for breakfast and she ate some of that too. The next day we had it for lunch with veggies, and she spat it out and said it was "disgusting." Go figure. Remember, kids are not "rational" with food. Don't get sucked into food battles or try to rationalize, "But you liked it last night!" We didn't make a fuss. I figure she may or may not like it the next time, but we love it. Each time we offered it, we did it the same way- neutral. Don't like it?
"OK, would you like some more veggies or bread?" She spat it out politely in her napkin.

I use frozen pie crust– whole wheat if they have it. Be sure it's not a sweetened one intended for sweet pies. I made one once with a sugary crust and it truly WAS "disgusting."

Quick Quiche (adapted from Nestle Carnation recipe)
prep time 15 minutes, cook time 50 ish...
Poke frozen pie crust with a fork several times. Put pie shell in a 450 degree oven for about 8 minutes under foil, remove foil, cook another 4 minutes or so. Depending on brand you may need to prick a bubble or cover with foil if edges get too brown. I added this step after eating some soggy crusts that weren't pre-cooked. Turn oven down to 350 degrees...

1 pie shell (pre-cooked partially as above)
1 12 ounce can evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed)
3 large eggs
1/4 cup all -purpose flour
1 cup shredded Swiss Cheese (divided) I used some sliced Jarlsburg I had on hand. You can improvise with the cheese.
1/2 cup cooked bacon or cubed ham
1/4 cup sliced green onions (I use leeks-one small leek which I sautee for about 5 minutes in a small amount of bacon fat left in the pan)
1/2 tspn dried thyme
1/4 tspn salty

Whisk together milk, eggs, flour in large bowl. Stir in 1/2 the cheese, all the ham and leeks, thyme, salt, pepper. Pour into pre-cooked pie shell, sprinkle with remaining cheese

bake for 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 5-7 minutes before serving. Ad lib with whatever veggies you have on hand. Asparagus? Peppers?

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