Spinach and Bacon Puff Pastry Quiche

Spinach and Bacon Puff Pastry Quiche
Spinach and Bacon Puff Pastry Quiche

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinach and Bacon Puff Pastry Quiché

The other afternoon after a fairly hectic morning, I realized that I had not taken anything out for dinner.  A quick inventory of what was on hand pointed to a Quiché.  Fairly easy to make with only the spinach and puff pastry to defrost, I had intended to make my pie dough but found I was out of shortening. Certainly with a salad this is a filling meal.

As with all recipes that aren’t formulas, the option to use what ever you like is readily available.  Portions and measurements and ingredients are up for discussion. As I’ve said many times the “Quiché Police” won’t come knocking on your door if you omit an ingredient or add one.

Recipes like this are a springboard for your creative juices to flow, cooking times and temps are the start you just need to fill in the rest of the blanks.

Ingredients for Spinach and Bacon Puff Pastry Quiché
  1. 6 Whole eggs
  2. ¼-½ cup whipped cream cheese(room temperature)
  3. ½ Large onion finely diced
  4. ½#  Cheddar cheese cut into small dice
  5. ½# Bacon cut into ½” lardons
  6. 1½ cups Milk, ½&½ or heavy cream
  7. 10 oz package of spinach thawed and drained
  8. 1 sheet of puff pastry
  9. salt & pepper
Directions for Spinach and Bacon Puff Pastry Quiché

Begin by defrosting the spinach and the puff pastry.  Once the spinach is defrosted place it in a kitchen towel and wring out as much moisture as you can .  Once dried chop fine.

Place the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and when softened roll out to a 11 or 12″ square.  Then place into a 9′ glass pie pan.

While the pastry is defrosting diced the bacon and on medium heat, cook until crisp.  Remove to a paper towel to drain and cool. 

Drain off most of the bacon fat, add the onions and sauté until translucent.  remove from the pan to cool.

Preheat oven to 425º.

Take the eggs, milk and whipped cream cheese and whisk briskly until all are combined and the cream cheese is in lumps the size of small peas.

Add the bacon, onion, spinach and cheddar cheese and about a teaspoon each of salt and pepper to the egg mixture and stir to combine.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pie pan.  You can trim the pastry and crimp it around the edges of the pie plate or simply fold the four corners over the top of the egg mixture.

Bake in a 425º oven for about 25 minutes until the crust begins to brown and the egg mixture is set.

Remove from the oven and allow the Quiché to cool on a wire rack for about 5-10 minutes, then slice and serve.  Serve with sour cream on the side.

 

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
https://www.amazon.com/Pyrex-Glass-Bakeware-Pie-Plate/dp/B000EURKG8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1470605841&sr=8-4&keywords=glass+pie+dish&linkCode=ll1&tag=rantsravesa06-20&linkId=72e77d7f5a2350390008015d4db382b6
https://www.amazon.com/OXO-53081-SteeL-Pie-Server/dp/B00004OCMB/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1470605892&sr=8-4&keywords=pie+server&linkCode=ll1&tag=rantsravesa06-20&linkId=aabbd9253aff5e0f83ea2e1f1e5d22a7

 

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Nice crust with a lovely bacon eggy mixture- I would have put in more bacon and less of the green stuff but it was puppy passable, so five paws.

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Spinach and Bacon Puff Pastry Quiche

Spinach and Bacon Puff Pastry Quiche

Ingredients

  1. 6 Whole eggs
  2. ¼-½ cup whipped cream cheese(room temperature)
  3. ½ Large onion finely diced
  4. ½# Cheddar cheese cut into small dice
  5. ½# Bacon cut into ½" lardons
  6. 1½ cups Milk, ½&½ or heavy cream
  7. 10 oz package of spinach thawed and drained
  8. 1 sheet of puff pastry
  9. salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Begin by defrosting the spinach and the puff pastry. Once the spinach is defrosted place it in a kitchen towel and wring out as much moisture as you can . Once dried chop fine.
  2. Place the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and when softened roll out to a 11 or 12" square. Then place into a 9' glass pie pan.
  3. While the pastry is defrosting diced the bacon and on medium heat cook until crisp. Remove to a paper towel to drain and cool.
  4. Drain off most of the bacon fat, add the onions and saute until translucent. remove from the pan to cool.
  5. Preheat oven to 425º.
  6. Take the eggs, milk and whipped cream cheese and whisk briskly until all are combined and the cream cheese is in lumps the size of small peas.
  7. Add the bacon, onion, spinach and cheddar cheese and about a teaspoon each of salt and pepper to the egg mixture and stir to combine.
  8. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie pan. You can trim the pastry and crimp it around the edges of the pie plate or simply fold the four corners over the top of the egg mixture.
  9. Bake in a 425º oven for about 25 minutes until the crust begins to brown and the egg mixture is set.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow the quiché to cool on a wire rack for about 5-10 minutes, then slice and serve. Serve with sour cream on the side.
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Western Omelette

Western Omelette
Western Omelette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Western Omelette

Whether you call it a Western Omelette ,Denver or just pepper and onion omelette the bottom line is you can call it good.  It makes a great breakfast dish as well as a filling supper dish and a not too bad tasting sandwich on occasion.

The traditional way is eggs, green bell peppers and onions, not boring but I do like to embellish.  So my version uses colorful peppers, onion, mushrooms, ham, cream cheese and jalapeño Jack cheese.

With so many ingredients in the pan, a traditional way of moving the cooked eggs around to allow the looser egg to hit the pan and cook leaves you with a pile of vegetables in the center of the pan.  A better way is to have a good non stick pan with a metal handle that can go under the broiler, this allows the top layer of egg and the cheese to cook and melt without bunching up the vegetables.  I use a large pan to make multiple servings and after folding the omelette in half cut into servings.

Ingredients for Western Omelette

Recipe for two:

  1.  5-6 whole eggs
  2. ¼-½ cup whipped cream cheese
  3. 1 Tbsp butter & 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  4. 1/3 of a red and 1/3 of a yellow bell pepper ( Julienne)
  5. 6-7 button mushrooms sliced thinly
  6. ½ a medium onion thinly sliced
  7. 2 cloves of garlic minced
  8. ¼ cup finely diced ham
  9. 2-3 slices jalapeño Jack Cheese
  10. 1-2 tsp Salt & pepper
  11. Sour Cream or Crème Fraîche for garnish
  12. Chopped parsley for garnish

     

Directions for Western Omelette

Begin by seeding and julienning the pepper, thinly slicing the onion and mushrooms and garlic.

In a good non-stick pan melt the butter with the oil add the vegetables and on medium heat sauté until they begin to soften.

In a bowl combine the eggs, cream cheese, salt & pepper and whisk until well combined and the cheese in is lumps smaller than peas.

Set your oven on broiler high, with the rack about 2/3 of the way from the top setting.

Spread the cooked vegetables around the pan in a single layer and pour the egg mixture over the vegetables and spread out so it covers the entire pan.  Allow the egg to cook undisturbed for a few minutes until the bottom begins to set up.*

 

Place the pan into the broiler and cook until almost all the egg is cooked.  Remove add the Jack cheese across ½ of the omelette and place back into the broiler to finish cooking.

Once the cheese is melted and the egg cooked remove from the broiler and fold the omelette over in half and plate or if making multiples servings cut in half and serve; you can also serve frittata style and cut pie wedges from the pan.  Place a dollop sour cream or crème fraîche and parsley on top as garnish and serve more of the cream  on the side.

 

*(If you do not have a pan that can go under the broiler, cook the vegetables in one pan and once softened cook the eggs in a separate non stick pan.  Pour the egg in and allow to begin to set up then gently pull the egg toward the center from the rim and tilt the pan to allow uncooked egg to fill in the gap you just created. Continue to do this until most of the egg is cooked, then place the vegetables and cheese on top and fold over and serve.)

Here are a few items to help make this recipe;
https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-722-30HNS-Classic-Stainless-Nonstick/dp/B0000CEWSH/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1467132893&sr=8-1&keywords=cuisinart+722-30HNS&linkCode=ll1&tag=rantsravesa06-20&linkId=5cc1ee1fce73fae7a48f37e34ba68778
https://www.amazon.com/Wired-Whisk-Silicone-Set-Stainless/dp/B012P1BBQS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1467132963&sr=8-3&keywords=whisks&linkCode=ll1&tag=rantsravesa06-20&linkId=f5f4e5975e5cdf574baedd298d63f30c

 

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Sadly I’m not a cooked egg enthusiast, and with peppers and onion it is not a very “pup friendly” dish.  So again a reluctant 3 paws effort and I’m hoping for something a little more to my liking tomorrow.

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Western Omelette

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 29 minutes

Yield: two servings

Serving Size: 3 eggs

Western Omelette

(If you do not have a pan that can go under the broiler, cook the vegetables in one pan and once softened cook the eggs in a separate non stick pan. Pour the egg in and allow to begin to set up then gently pull the egg toward the center from the rim and tilt the pan to allow uncooked egg to fill in the gap you just created. Continue to do this until most of the egg is cooked, then place the vegetables and cheese on top and fold over and serve.)15

Ingredients

  1. Recipe for two:
  2. 5-6 whole eggs
  3. ¼-½ cup whipped cream cheese
  4. 1 Tbsp butter & 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  5. 1/3 of a red and 1/3 of a yellow bell pepper ( Julienne)
  6. 6-7 button mushrooms sliced thinly
  7. ½ a medium onion thinly sliced
  8. 2 cloves of garlic minced
  9. ¼ cup finely diced ham
  10. 2-3 slices jalapeño Jack Cheese
  11. 1-2 tsp Salt & pepper
  12. Sour Cream or Crème Fraîche for garnish
  13. Chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Begin by seeding and julienning the pepper, thinly slicing the onion and mushrooms.
  2. In a good non-stick pan melt the butter with the oil add the vegetables and on medium heat sauté until they begin to soften.
  3. In a bowl combine the eggs, cream cheese, salt & pepper and whisk until well combined and the cheese in is lumps smaller than peas.
  4. Set your oven on broiler high, with the rack about 2/3 of the way from the top setting.
  5. Spread the cooked vegetables around the pan in a single layer and pour the egg mixture over the vegetables and spread out so it covers the entire pan. Allow the egg to cook undisturbed for a few minutes until the bottom begins to set up.
  6. Place the pan into the broiler and cook until almost all the egg is cooked. Remove add the Jack cheese across ½ of the omelette and place back into the broiler to finish cooking.
  7. To serve fold the omelette over and plate or if making multiples servings cut in half and serve; you can also serve frittata style and cut pie wedges from the pan. Place a dollop sour cream or crème fraîche and parsley on top as garnish and serve more of the cream on the side.
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Banana Bread

Banana Bread
Banana Bread

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banana Bread

The junior member of the clan is graduating to real food.  We thought that we could try some mashed bananas but we didn’t get around to it, and I ended up with four bananas going brown.  Not one to waste food if we can help it, I jumped into action and pulled out a recipe for Banana Bread.

Ingredients for Banana Bread

  1. 4 overripe bananas
  2. ½ cup butter softened
  3. 1 cup dark brown sugar
  4. 2 whole eggs
  5. 2 cups all purpose flour
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. pinch of salt
  8. ½ – 1 cup toasted almonds slivers

Directions for Banana Bread

Preheat oven to 350º

Lightly grease a loaf pan

In a mixer on low speed cream the butter and sugar.  When well blended add the bananas and mix until they are completely mashed and incorporated.

Add the eggs one at a time waiting until the first is fully combined.

In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt and with mixer on slow gradually add the dry ingredients until everything is combined.

With the mixer still on low add the almonds. when fully combined pour into the greased loaf pan and set in the middle of the oven and bake for about 60 minutes until a toothpick comes out of the center clean.  Place a sheet pan on a rack below the bread rack as it may leak some of the grease as it rises.

When fully baked place on a wire rack to cool slightly, then remove from the pan turn loaf upright and allow to cool completely on the wire rack.

 

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
https://www.amazon.com/Pyrex-Basics-1-5qt-Loaf-Dish/dp/B00FN3M1RE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1466628296&sr=1-6&keywords=loaf+pan&linkCode=ll1&tag=rantsravesa06-20&linkId=013cd1530a7dcb6485b95a2f2fd7cbf3
https://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KF26M22SR-6-Qt-Professional-Design/dp/B00JPNOZDG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1466628356&sr=1-14&keywords=kitchen+aid+mixer&linkCode=ll1&tag=rantsravesa06-20&linkId=cedc78323308271175b9b62177d6313c

 

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I’m not sure about this recipe, it was OK I guess, but put butter on anything and I’ll eat it.  I wouldn’t want it every day, so I guess reluctantly it’s only a pup 3 paw review.  Everyone else seemed to enjoy though!

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Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Ingredients

  1. 4 overripe bananas
  2. ½ cup butter softened
  3. 1 cup dark brown sugar
  4. 2 whole eggs
  5. 2 cups all purpose flour
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. pinch of salt
  8. ½ - 1 cup toasted almonds slivers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. Lightly grease a loaf pan
  3. In a mixer on low speed cream the butter and sugar. When well blended add the bananas and mix until they are completely mashed and incorporated.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time waiting until the first is fully combined.
  5. In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt and with mixer on slow gradually add the dry ingredients until everything is combined.
  6. With the mixer still on low add the almonds. when fully combined pour into the greased loaf pan and set in the middle of the oven and bake for about 60 minutes until a toothpick comes out of the center clean. Place a sheet pan on a rack below the bread rack as it may leak some of the grease as it rises.
  7. When fully baked place on a wire rack to cool slightly, then remove from the pan turn loaf upright and allow to cool completely on the wire rack.
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