Anyone part of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group or visit the farmer's market often? We're part of a CSA and really enjoy the challenge each week of using up the veggies they give us. But sometimes you just get tired of finding recipes that use up your veggies - when we get lazy, we throw whatever vegetables that need to be eaten up into a stir fry or quiche.
My favorite quiche recipe I want to share is by Paula Deen. I've made it so many times that I've changed it a bit here and there. I usually make it with bacon and spinach, but also add in some sauteed onions and garlic. And I like to use a combo of sharp cheddar and swiss cheese in the dish.
This week we had chard and leeks from the CSA to eat up, so I used them instead of spinach and onion, but still added garlic. To get started, I fried up some bacon - then chopped it up and set it aside when it was done. Then I used some of the bacon grease to sautee chopped garlic, leeks and chard stems - until they were soft.
Next, I layered chopped chard leaves, the bacon, the leek/garlic/chard stem mixture, and cheese into a pre-packaged pie crust. I think the most important thing here is to do several thin layers of each item so the layers dont separate when you take your fork to a slice later.
Then I whipped up the cream and eggs and added some cracked pepper and kosher salt. Sometimes I substitue half of the eggs for eggbeaters and use half-and-half instead of cream. Not sure that it makes it any healthier though!
Finally, I poured the cream and egg mixture into the layered quiche and put it in the oven. Then I came back 45 minutes later to discover I had heated up the wrong oven and we were going to have to wait another 45 minutes for dinner. I don't think I've ever cooked anything without screwing up at least once!
Wish I took a better picture - the chard stems add some interesting pink color to the quiche. We have a hard time choking down chard sometimes, but it was incredible in this quiche. The bacon and cheese probably deserve the credit. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer veggies!