Thursday, February 7, 2013

Foodie Call - QUICHE!

Things That Are Great About Quiche:

1. It's cheap to make
2. It's plentiful
3. There's a quiche for everyone (except people who don't eat eggs)
4. It looks gourmet, but is very easy to make.
5. It has a fancy-sounding name so that when you tell people you made it, they are instantly impressed.
6. It is delicious!

I make them all the time, and I often switch up the ingredients based on what I have in my kitchen already. The one I'm giving the recipe is a simple one.

Sausage and Spinach Quiche

This recipe makes two quiche pies. Luckily the pie crusts come in pairs!

One roll of uncooked sausage (I use Bob Evans Sweet Maple Pork Sausage)
2 cups of fresh spinach, chopped
1 cup of shredded cheese
5 whole eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
3 Tbsp half and half
2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp black pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp oregano (optional)
2 tsp basil (optional)
1 package of frozen pie crusts (they come 2 in a pack)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap sausage into a skillet, and cook on medium heat. breaking it apart into crumbles as it cooks. Once the sausage is browned, strain and set aside. Whisk the eggs, yolks and seasonings in a medium bowl with the half and half until well blended. Layer the ingredients in the uncooked pie shells in this order: sausage, spinach, cheese. Pour egg mixture into pie crusts over layered ingredients. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean with no eggy liquid on it. If the cheese starts to burn, cover it with foil for the last 10 minutes of baking. Let cool for 15 minutes to set, then slice and enjoy!

My food styling sucks, but below is the finished product:

Easy, delicious, and it only cost me about $12 to make two! That leaves me enough room in the budget for some tasty mimosas or Bloody Marys'! What are your favorite quiche ingredients? What ingredients would you be willing to try?

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