Spring is here! I am so thankful. Finally feels like our city is alive and bustling after a long cold winter.
Trees are blossoming, the sun is shining, bees are buzzing, birds are chirping, flowers are popping up and I even saw some of my neighbors coming out of hibernation!
One of my favorite dishes to make in the spring is quiche. I remember the first time I had quiche, I was with a few girlfriends and our new babies, all of us first time moms. We ventured out for coffee, breakfast and a long walk on the river. It was wonderful, and the quiche tasted like a piece of heaven. I soon began making them myself and they are a lot simpler than you might imagine!
I enjoy loading them with some of my favorite veggies and cheese, lots of cheese. My kids love quiche and it's an easy way to sneak in veggies. In fact, I often make two quiche, one for left overs or second helpins'... I have a growing boy!
If time is on your side, I highly recommend making homemade crust. It just adds so much flavor and depth to the quiche. If however, you don't want to mess with a homemade delicious crust (I get, it I am a working mom, too), go for a store bought crust. Keep in mind if you are gluten free or watching your carbs, you can always make this recipe without the crust (boring)! That's kind of like saying you can have Christmas without a tree!
- 7 Eggs
- 1-1/2 cups Heavy Cream
- 2 cups Grated Cheese (cheddar, swiss, gruyere or a combo)
- Salt And Pepper, to taste
- Veggies (mushrooms, onions, peppers, asparagus, broccoli, spinach)
- Meat (bacon, ham)
- Olive Oil
This recipe makes two quiche or one deep dish quiche.Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Begin by sauteing your choice of veggies in olive oil. If preparing a combination of meat and veggie quiche, cook the meat first. You can use the dripping from the meat to saute the veggies. Beat the eggs well, add heavy cream and mix. Add the cheese, veggies and meat to the egg mixture. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour the egg mixture into two round pans. Cook for approximately 35 minutes. Allow for longer cooking time for a deep dish.
Because I could eat a whole quiche by myself, I love to pair it with a light salad. That keeps me from eating my weight in quiche. My favorite salad right now is arugula and fresh berries. I am absolutely nuts about this salad! We just got a Trader Joes in town, so I am "sampling" lots of new items. If you don't have a Trader Joes you can improvise and buy the closest thing.
Arugula and Berry Salad
- 1 Bag Arugula
- 1 Cup fresh berries ( Choose from any of these or a combination: blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries)
- Trader Joes Honey Goat Cheese
- 1/2 C Nuts (you could use shaved almonds, walnuts or pecans)
- Trader Joes Champagne Vinaigrette
Toss all ingredients together. Adjust amounts to your taste buds. Some days you just need more goat cheese than others.
If you are looking for a way to get the kids involved, let them figure out the circumference (x-a)2 + (y-b)2 = r2 of the quiche, cut it into equal sections and measure ingredients. Cooking is a great way for kids to practice using math.