I hope you're enjoying the Dinner for Real series. I've had several people contact me and tell me that they've tried one of the recipes and liked them. This makes me so happy!Today's recipe is one that I've pulled out many times when I've waited too long to think about dinner--those days when I forget to get something out of the freezer, or I've been away from home all day and didn't have time to put something in the CrockPot. You know the kind of day I'm talking about, don't you? Please tell me I'm not the only one who has days like that!
I'll be completely honest here. My children are not fans of quiche. I think that's because what's billed as quiche at restaurants is usually full of things like broccoli or spinach--more green than anything else!
My kids wouldn't touch that with a ten-foot pole, let alone a fork. So when I make quiche, it's a much simpler affair. And while I love quiche in a pastry shell, I usually make mine crustless, which cuts out a measurable number of calories, fat grams, and carbohydrate grams.
8 whole eggs
2 cups cheese, grated (I use half cheddar and half Swiss or Gruyere--use whatever you like!)
1 cup milk or cream
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
salt and pepper to taste
bacon, ham, or sausage, or any combination thereof
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare pan (I use an 8 inch square Pyrex dish) by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
Cook meat of your choice and drain fat. Cut or crumble into small pieces.
Beat eggs. Add cheese, milk, and baking powder. Mix well. Stir in meat. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick insert in center comes out fairly clean. Do not overbake--the quiche will continue to cook some from residual heat after you remove it from the oven.
We like to have this with grits and fruit or green salad. Or sometimes I prepare broccoli or asparagus for my husband and fruit for the rest of us. I'm sure you could add veggies to the quiche if you like--we prefer to have a meat and cheese pie and keep the veggies on the side.
What do you make on those days when you have to come up with dinner on one of those days?