Wednesday, July 28, 2010

throw together easy quiche

difficulty level: do you want fries with that?
people seem to have this notion that quiche is hard or gormet. i think of it as simple country food and you can throw one together in about 5 min plus baking time using whatever is in the fridge. got eggs, a pie pastry of some kind, and some odds and ends? then you have dinner that requires no thought when you're exhausted:
1 pie pastry (i use a frozen no-name one. they come in packs of two so i often have a spare kicking around the freezer. you could make your own if you're good at that, i'm not. you could also use puff pastry or philo in layers or whatever)
6 eggs
spices like garlic, basil, oregano, rosemary, dill, pepper, or whatever else you like. i usually add at least a Tbs total
odds and ends of cheese, veggies, or cooked meats. i like thawed frozen spinach, feta cheese, olives, mushrooms, maybe some onion or tomato. cut into bits of whatever size you like.

let your pastry thaw while you mix all your fillings, spices, and eggs in a bowl and preheat the oven to 350f-ish. dump it all in the pastry, yes it really will all fit, it's very hard to over stuff it. i like to sprinkle some cheese over the top for a pretty brown "crust"
bake for 30 min or so or until set. let it cool a bit, it will finish cooking during this time. if you cut into it and get lots of liquid, you either added very watery vegetables or over-cooked the eggs. they're crying that you over-cooked them. it's fine. just pour off the liquid so it doesn't make your crust soggy.
cut into 4 or 6 and call it food. would go nicely with a simple salad and maybe some bread or soup if you feel so inclined.

there you have it! stop whining that there's nothing to eat and back away from the takeout menus. this will be done before the pizza guy would even get to your house.

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