Monday, April 15, 2013

Kitchen Zone - Two Thumbs Up Bacon Quiche

Film Noir Night at the Range.  This one starring Hugh Beaumont of later "Leave it to Beaver" Fame. "When you deal with dames you are in the danger zone". A cheating wife, a dead husband, a shady "private detective" who has a history with the wife and the good guy that gets involved in what was to be a simple job of taking a beautiful socialite to a yacht party.

The guns are tiny, the women of dubious reputation, the good guys brave.  But one can't help but chuckle when the hero is knocked out at least twice in an episode including once by someone throwing a bottle at his head from a distance.  Of course, the dialogue is always entertaining-
Professor - "She and Spadely indulged in an adolescent romance in high school.  She's been an old fashioned girl every since."

Dennis O'Brien (Hugh B.) "Old fashioned?"

Professor - "Unfortunately she drank too many of them with too many different men to suit her husband."

It was a perfect night for "breakfast for dinner" and one that could be made without a trip to the store.  Most of us are more budget minded now, perhaps having our work hours cut or having a change in a family member's employment situation, or simply seeing how much less the dollar buys as our taxes go up.
Studies have shown that a fair amount of the groceries we pick up end up getting tossed, little bits and pieces of things not used while still fresh.
So once a week, I go through the fridge and try and make something out of all the leftover bits. Tonight I had hash browns, leftover steamed broccoli, part of an onion, leftover cheese from pasta and sandwiches, eggs, half and half and always, bacon.  Quiche material  I have to say, this was the best quiche I've ever made and Partner in Grime raved about it.

The crust was made with hash browns,  Rich, crisp, buttery.

The filling - farm fresh brown eggs with a blend of Italian cheeses for a delicate taste.

And Bacon!
Bacon Quiche with Hash Brown Crust  (click on link for printable recipe)

Hash brown crust -

3 1/2 cups shredded potato (can use  thawed hash browns) moisture removed (use a salad spinner or blot  well with paper towels).
several grinds of pepper
a shake or two of sea salt
1/2 stick of butter melted.

Mix and pat in a large pie pan and bake at 450 F for 22-25 minutes until edges are browning up.   Remove and lower oven temp to 325. (if you want the bottom a little crispier, put some foil gently around the edges and cook an additional two minutes).
Cook 8 pieces of bacon, drain,

Chop and toss with 1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup.

Mix in large bowl:

the bacon
1 and 1/2 cup slightly steamed broccoli
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (I threw in an extra little pinch)
1/8 teaspoon of favorite hot sauce.  I would highly recommend you get what I used, Scoville Brothers Singing Smoke hot sauce, not too hot and a rich, natural smoky taste, it's a must have for eggs and casseroles in my home..  The Scoville Brothers aren't a big company, just two Hoosier musicians that market their incredible hot sauces.
In small bowl mix:

4 eggs whisked
1 cup half and half. 

Pour over veggies/bacon in the bigger bowl.

In a cereal bowl toss:

1 cup of  Italian  blend cheese (Asiago, Romano, Mozzarella, Parmesan)
1 Tablespoon of flour.

Gently stir cheese into quiche filling in the large bowl.

Gently ladle into crust and cook in 325 degree oven for 50-55 minutes. (knife inserted into center should come out clean).

Let sit 10 minutes and serve with crusty french bread and any leftover salad or fruit. 

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  1. Look, I know real men don't eat keesh, but, by gum, I would make an exception here. This looks...irresistible. Really!

  2. Holler when you're in Boiler country.

    I can fill your egg basket with brown and green. Our hens decided it was time to lay and they're doing so faster than we're using.
    The kids have chicks they're raising for 4H, so even MORE eggs will be forthcoming.

    I'd like to claim "hey, that's my egg!" when someone drools over the food porn.

  3. Looks delicious, Brigid, but sadly you lost my DH at the broccoli. I will have to think of some other veggie he would eat. I'd use asparagus, but there are never any leftovers of that!


  4. Funny you should mention 'Leave It To Beaver'.
    Frank Bank, who played the doofus bully Clarence 'Lumpy' Rutherford passed away, yesterday.

    They're breaking up this ol' gang of mine.

    Great food, as always - but, I don't eat quiche!


  5. Yum.

    I tend to do the same thing with left-overs. Hate to see good food go to waste.

    My breakfast was an omelette with carmelized onions, mushrooms, red bell pepper, and a small bit of bacon.

  6. Mathew Paust - it was just as good slightly reheated for lunch.

    Rev Paul - Sam will enjoy this!

    Once Free Man - I appreciate the offer, not sure if I'll be down that way, but it's nice to think of it.

    Vic303 - Cauliflower, but if that's sort of just albino broccoli.

    Jennifer - it's fun experimenting.

    armedlaughing - I grew up on repeats of that show. Sorry to hear of "lumpy's passing".

    JR - that sounds like a good combo - I may go on shift early, so fixing up a bit of light homemade pasta sauce with some spaghetti, then a few hours of sleep in case the phone rings.

  7. Hash browns.... Hash browns! Ma'am, that is a new classic. You're killing me here.

  8. Kind of funny...the other day I was trying to find your bacon chocolate chip cookie recipe. I pulled up your site and searched for "bacon."

    Not surprisingly, none of your blog posting disappeared.


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