It was a good idea to invite my mother over for lunch, however its even better when I have a plan of what I’m going to serve. I was thinking along the lines of having something easy with just a bit of flair….what would that be …..not sure. So, my quest this afternoon is to find just the right meal to prepare. I ran across this recipe for Bacon and Double Cheese Quiche. Lets see what goes into making this lovely delightful dish.
30 minutes to prepare, 30 minutes chilling, 45 minutes baking.
Makes 8 servings
Crust: 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces; 2-3 tablespoons cold water
10 strips lean bacon (I would probably use lean turkey bacon), 4 large eggs, 1-1/2 cups light cream, 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, 1/8 teaspoon white pepper, 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese (I’ve never heard of this cheese, does anyone know what it tastes like?); 1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
(sounds good so far! I would probably have to reduce the amount of cheese the recipe calls for…or just don’t consume too much. )
1. To prepare the crust, in a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut into the butter until coarse crumbs form.
2. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork, until a dough forms. Shape into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough into 11-inch circle. (I don’t know, would all this work be worth it?!) Fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim edge, leaving 1/4 inch overhang. Fold under to form standup edge. Prick dough with a fork. (Ouch.) Line with foil and fill pie weights or dried beans.
4. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and weights. Bake until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. (Really, is this worth all the time and effort?) Uh…huh. ;)
5. Meanwhile, I’ve decided this may not be worth all the time that goes into making this…..I’ve given up on typing out the rest of this….. the picture of the finished food looks very wonderful. But really….. ….. I think I’m getting tired and maybe just a little bit hungry too…. so okay….here’s the rest of the recipe! LOL
5. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. In a medium skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain.
6. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs cream thyme and pepper. Pour into crust. Crumble bacon. Sprinkle the egg mixture with the bacon, cheeses. Bake until golden and custard is set, about 30 minutes. Serve warm. And give yourself a healthy pat on the back for doing a wonderful job!! :O)