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Friday, March 5, 2010

Refrigerator Quiche

Quiche! It's not just for fancy lunching ladies anymore!! Nope. It's dinner at my house, and these days, that ain't fancy. Although I do have these grand visions, for some other life when I'm much more organized and less tired, of having a very fancy quiche party. It's all high heels and aprons and delicious white wine and flowers all over my house. Someday....Right now its flip flops & frozen, not high heels and homemade pie crusts. Why?? BECAUSE I HAVE A BABY!! Ever had one? Well go try it and then get back to me. Now I'm not saying that ladies with babies can't wear high heels, and make everything from scratch, and climb the corporate ladder, and become president, and blah, blah, blah, if they so choose. So don't get all worked up. I'm just telling you that right now I'm in it, DEEP in it, with the getting used to being a mother thing, and homemade pie crust AIN'T HAPPENIN!! But, refrigerator quiche is, so here goes...

I call this refrigerator quiche because I started making it out of anything and everything that I might have in my fridge. I used to have a big problem of buying way too much food, and before I knew it things like lunch meat & spinach were going bad. OH NO! Starving kids everywhere! So I started making a big effort to buy LESS and to use up the odds and ends in various creative ways. Soups, stews, and, you guessed it, quiche! You can seriously put almost anything in quiche ,meats, veggies, herbs, cheese, etc...Tonight mine is made with frozen pie crust, although as previously stated, I have high hopes to someday get back to making my own. For the time being, as far as frozen goes, I really like these...

Here's the "recipe", if you can call it that. It's more just a guideline, and you add whatever you have in your fridge...

You will need...
1 pie crust (frozen or homemade)
8 eggs
Splash of cream or milk
Salt & Pepper
1 clove garlic
1 small shallot (optional)
A "handful" of any of the following (choose 4 or 5 ingredients):
-veggies (mushrooms, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash)
-cheese, any kind really, crumbled or shredded
-lunchmeat (turkey, ham, chicken) or leftover meat from last night's dinner

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Chop your veggies and your meat pretty small. If you are using garlic, shallot, mushrooms, squash, or zucchini, I find these work best if you saute them lightly in butter or oil first. If using potatoes or sweet potatoes, fry them up until they are good and crispy before tossing them into the mix. Put all of your prepared ingredients into the pie crust, just throw them in! Whisk together your eggs & milk or cream. Pour eggs evenly over all of your ingredients. Salt & pepper to taste. Top with a little more shredded or crumbled cheese. Pop in the oven & bake for 45 minutes to an hour. The quiche is done when a fork inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Quiche! Perfect with a crisp green salad or fruit salad, and lovely anytime of day...

P.S. Get Creative!! Remember, it's Refrigerator Quiche, so use what you have! Tonight I also threw in some fresh thyme. Last time I used feta & rosemary. You get the idea, have fun, and get fancy with it. Even if you ARE wearing flip flops.

P.P.S. Last thing, I swear! When we do have our very fancy (say that in a raspy, sexy, older woman kind of voice, veeeeeeery fancy) quiche party, you'll be able to recognize me because I'll be wearing these...
The perfect combo of bling & baked goods. Betty Homemaker & Beyonce. Yes!! Because that's how I roll, sometimes.
Peace Out...

1 comment:

Mamasita Susie said...

can i be invited to the quiche party?? I already know what shoes i want to wear! ;) can we have an american spirit too at the party with the wine...yes!