Well, why wouldn't they? The men I know eat eggs and pie - what's not to like?
|Not the best lighting - but the finished quiche!|
The whole man vs. quiche argument goes waaaaay back to 1982 ( I hate that 1982 is waaaaay back, it seems like yesterday to me!!!) when American humorist author Bruce Feirstein wrote and published his book, Real Men Don't Eat Quiche which was a satirical look at male behaviors and the whole man vs woman roles and appearances in society. I had really never had quiche at that point, but was intrigued by the whole 'real men' thing of it and tested Mr. Wonderful.
I made a Quiche Lorraine - called it a Bacon and Egg Pie and served it to him for a Sunday brunch with a salad and a cup of herbal tea (Ha - just kidding, it was a strong cuppa Joe!!). He loved it, thank you very much! So when I told him it was a quiche, and he just laughed and laughed at me, gave me a high five and said that I could make it any time I wanted and that we didn't have to advertise it. Right about now, I suspect my Mr. W is crazy happy there was no internet, Facebook or Blogosphere at the time!!!
Anyhow - over the years - the simple quiche has become my 'go to' recipe for a quick meal - breakfast, lunch, dinner and a great way to creatively use leftovers. Which is precisely what I did this morning with Mike and Jon on WHMI's Foodini Friday show - have a listen here and you'll see why I look forward to my Fridays with Mike and Jon. From screaming goats to giving thanks, it was quite a morning, indeed.
|With turkey, broccoli, cheddar and|
red bell pepper....sooooo good!
Any meat or shrimp
1 ½ cups shredded cheese
4 eggs2 cups half and half
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Pastry for quiche (single pie crust)
This quantity will make either 2 standard pie size quiches or one 11” round quiche.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pastry or use prepared pastry and place in pie plate or roll out to fit quiche dish. Sprinkle bottom of prepared pastry with prepared veggies and cheese. Whisk eggs, add half and half, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Pour over ingredients in crust. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 300 degrees for about 25 more minutes for a pie plate or 40 minutes for a quiche dish. A knife inserted in the center will come out clean. Cool 10 minutes before slicing.
RECIPE TIP: I usually make this in an 11" round baking dish, but you can also use a 9 x 13 baking pan, just carefully roll out and piece the pie crust to fit. This will also make 2 regular pie plate size quiche.
RECIPE TIP: As a general rule of thumb, you are looking for about 3 cups, combined, of meat and veggies.
FOOD 411: Any kinds of veggies will work - but if you are using generally hard veggies such as carrots, celery, potato, etc., pre cook them a little first. For this recipe using broccoli and bell pepper - I microwaved the broccoli for just a few minutes first, but just cut the bell pepper quite small so it cooked in the oven.
What are some of my favorite combinations? Well after today, this turkey, broccoli, bell pepper and cheddar was definitely a favorite. Other favorites are Quiche Lorraine, which is finely chopped onion, cooked bacon and swiss cheese, ham and broccoli are always good, I love zucchini, onion, goat cheese and spinach, the combinations are endless! Have fun making up your own, and be sure to share any of your favorites too!
All the blessings of the season to you and yours - and thanks for reading. I promise to keep more fun and delicious holiday recipes coming your way!