What's for Dinner?! Loaded Quiche!
For the longest time my husband refused to eat quiche. He said it was a girly food...like the cucumber sandwich and strawberry soup kind of girly food. I've always loved it, so I set out to find a really good basic quiche recipe and make it better. And since then in our house, quiche has become a refrigerator clean-out sort of food. You know when you have some ingredients that don't have much life left on them but you can't figure exactly what to do with them all in one dish....well, make a quiche. And now, it's become a favorite among my family and our friends. Today I'm making one to take to a friend who just had a baby, per her request. And as easy as they are to make, I'm delighted to oblige. Throw in some fresh fruit and a side salad, and we have one healthy, hearty, and fresh tasting meal. And...you can make it in the morning!
The basic recipe requires 1 pie crust, 5 eggs, and 1 1/2c half and half. Add some Lawrys seasoning, fresh ground pepper, and that's the basics.
But honestly, I think basic can get boring. So I like to spice it up. Besides, if you're gonna be cleaning out your fridge, you're gonna move away from boring really quickly anyhow.
So, consider the following that I personally think you should always include.
- Some variety of sauteed onion (whether it's onion, leeks, shallots, etc....they pack some serious flavor punch.) I always put garlic as well...no matter which other of these I use too.
- Meat (bacon, sausage, chicken, leftover steak pieces, ham, etc)
- Cheese....and usually a couple of kinds (I often have cheddar, and then maybe brie, goat cheese, jalapeno cheddar, feta, whatever you have in your fridge!)
- Veggies...I usually put fresh spinach leaves, & tomato (also try things like broccoli, artichoke, etc.)
While that's baking, if you're using an uncooked meat like bacon or sausage, then go ahead and cook that fully. Today I'm using bacon. I pre-cut it into small pieces with a pair of awesome kitchen shears that I have by Cutco and then cooked it til it was crispy. I highly recommend snagging a pair of these if you can. I use them to trim chicken, cut through those annoying plastic things on kids toys, etc. They will even cut a penny in half!
Drain the bacon on a paper towel and then put it in the bottom of the baked pie shell.
So...if you're looking for something easy to make that's yummy. Give this a shot! My absolute favorite combo is the ingredients above but instead of the jalapeno monterey jack cheese, I love brie and goat cheese with the cheddar.
Oftentimes when I make a flank steak (I'll share that recipe next time I make it) and we have leftovers, I'll put pieces of that with sauteed onions and mushrooms and a spicy cheese to make a quiche. Another good one is to use rotisserie chicken with sundried tomatoes, spinach, feta, and artichokes. Some other things that can be fun to add... roasted red peppers, swiss cheese, thinly sliced zucchini, shrimp or crabmeat....get creative and have fun with it!