Spinach and Bacon Quiche

For a nice weekend brunch or even a light weeknight dinner a quiche always works. You can change the fillings and spices to have something different every time. My wife makes the dough as she enjoys baking.

For the dough:

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 4-5 tablespoons cold milk
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter cold – cut into small chunks
  • 4 tbsp shortening cold – broken up into small chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Mix the flour, salt and pepper together. Add in, alternating, the butter and shortening into the flour. Using a dough blender or a fork, combine until the dough is coarse pebbles. Add in 4 tbsp of milk and bring the dough together in a ball, if it is still dry, add more cold milk. Take the dough and wrap with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes to chill.

Roll out the dough and place in a nine in pie plate.

peppered pie doughFor the filling:

  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 1 cup frozen spinach, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, finely diced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper

In a large saucepan cook the bacon until crispy, place them on a paper towel to drain any excess oil. Do not discard the bacon grease left in the pan. Chop the bacon into chunks.

In the saucepan add in the onions and garlic and cook until softened. Remove from pan.

In a large bowl whisk the eggs and milk. Stir in salt, pepper, onions and garlic.

eggs, onions, galic, milk

Place the egg mixture in the rolled out dough in the pie plate. Place the chopped bacon, cheese and spinach carefully in the egg mixture.

Cook at 375 F for about 35-45 minutes until eggs are set.

quiche in oven

Enjoy!

cooked quiche

plated quiche

Spicy Deviled Eggs

In honor of National Egg Day here is an old-time favorite – Deviled Eggs !

I have done them 2 ways both hot but they start with the same base recipe.

10 whole eggs steamed or boiled whatever way you are most comfortable cooking them, but make sure you don’t overcook them.

hardboiled eggs

Cut the eggs in half and scoop out the yolks into another bowl.

smashed eggs

Mix into the smashed egg yolks the following: 1/3 cup of good mayonnaise, 1 tsp of lemon juice, 1 tsp yellow mustard, S&P to taste, and since it is supposed to be spicy, a little granulated garlic.

Now it is up to you just how spicy you want to get some of them. I topped with tamed jalapeño pepper slices for my wife and some I topped with a healthy squirt of Sriracha Sauce for me!

Put them in the fridge for a couple of hours so they would be nice and cold.

Sprinkle them with some Cajun seasoning as a new twist on the classic paprika garnish.

And enjoy them by the pool with a few beers.

finished eggs1

finished eggs 2

Happy National Egg Day Everyone 10/11/13!