SAVORY RUSTIC COUNTRY HAM & CHEESE QUICHE

SAVORY RUSTIC COUNTRY HAM & CHEESE QUICHE
CRUST

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
COLD 1 stick unsalted butter, cubed
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon FRESH chopped thyme leaves
+/- 1/2 cup chilled water
2+ ounces chilled Vodka (see notes)

  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour and salt.
  • Add the COLD butter cubes and using your fingers (my preference) or a pastry cutter work the butter and flour together until you have pea sized pieces.
  • Add the egg yolk and thyme leaves, mixing until combined.
  • Add the water and vodka JUST enough to mix until the dough comes together. If it’s too crumbly add more vodka or cold water 1 teaspoon at a time until dough comes together smoothly.
  • Work dough into an 8 inch disc.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes.

QUICHE
1-2 tablespoons Frank’s original hot sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 bunch green onions, minced
1/2 cup small diced red/orange peppers
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 LARGE eggs
1 cup half & half
1/2 teaspoon FRESH grated nutmeg
1 cup grated Fontina cheese
1/2 cup grated SHARP white cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups chopped country ham

  • Roll out dough to an 11 inch round.
  • Carefully arrange crust in 9 inch pie dish.
  • Brush the bottom of the crust with Frank’s original hot sauce.
  • Chill crust while preparing the filling.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Place a raised wire rack on your baking sheet.
  • Add butter to skillet over medium high heat.
  • When butter is melted add green onions and peppers, season with FRESH ground sea salt and pepper, stirring to saute’ 2-3 minutes until softened and golden.
  • Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, half and half, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Place the prepared crust on the wire rack on the baking sheet.
  • Toss together the ham, onions and peppers.
  • Arrange half of the ham mixture evenly in the crust.
  • Sprinkle with half of the cheeses.
  • Arrange remaining ham mixture over cheese layer.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Whisk the egg mixture one last time and evenly pour over into the crust.
  • Bake 30 minutes and then turn tray.
  • Bake another 20 minutes, until egg mixture is completely set and crust is golden brown.
  • Cool at least 10-15 minutes before serving.

 

NOTES:

  • We were out of vodka so I substituted REAL SPICE MOONSHINE and it worked REALLY well! The idea of using the alcohol versus using all water is that the alcohol evaporates during baking leaving you with a flakier, lighter crust.
  • The old recipe I used had you brushing the crust with Dijon mustard, but I only do this if I won’t be eating it due to my being deathly allergic to it, so I brushed the crust with Frank’s original Hot sauce instead and we like it even better!

OVERNIGHT BREAKFAST CASSEROLE

Our family has been making some version of this casserole, each their OWN way, and each called Overnight Breakfast Casserole, for as long as I can remember. Each and every one of those casseroles was excellent on their own merit, but the real plus is that it’s a MAKE AHEAD (anywhere from 3 hours to overnight) casserole and take the stress off of the holiday morning. Just pop it in the oven while you’re watching the kids open their stockings and gifts or if you have guests you don’t have to spend time in the kitchen and away from your togetherness time. Be sure and take the casserole out of the refrigerator at least a half an hour before you put it in the oven so it can come to room temperature.

The other beauty of this recipe is that the innards are up to you – either what you prefer or what you have on hand. It is just a basic strata with eggs, bread chunks and add ins of a protein, veggies and cheese. It is also a GREAT way to use up stale bread. You can use whatever bread you prefer, but we love sourdough ourselves. Some people also prefer to cut the crust off, but we are definitely crust on people.

We also tend to always use the same add-ins where as my niece changes it up EVERY time she makes it, but they always have a protein, veggies and cheese(s). Seasonings are another area that can change this up, but we tend to stay pretty traditional with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper. Occasionally I’ll use tri-color pepper for a hint more heat.

My normal proteins are diced ham and crumbled bacon, but I have been known to use rotisserie chicken also. My traditional veggies are diced red peppers, sliced green onions and thinly sliced mushrooms. Sharp cheddar is our cheese of choice, but we also like shredded Gruyere and/or pepper Jack.

Oh and did I mention that it makes a wonderful leftover dish for a quick lunch over a holiday weekend.

OVERNIGHT BREAKFAST CASSEROLE serves 10-12
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
BAKE TIME: 50-60 minutes

12 slices sandwich size bread, flavor of choice, cubed
3/4 cup diced ham steak
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 green onions, THINLY sliced
1/2 red pepper, FINELY diced
4 cups grated cheese, flavor of choice
6 LARGE eggs
3 cups WHOLE milk
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Coleman’s mustard (optional)

  • Preheat the oven to 300°.
  • Cube bread and place on a baking sheet.
  • Add baking sheet to oven for 15 minutes, just long enough to dry out the bread cubes, but not toast them.
  • Whisk together the eggs, milk and seasonings.
  • Spray 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Layer the bread cubes evenly into the bottom.
  • Even top the bread cubes with half of the proteins, veggies and cheese.
  • Layer again ending with cheese.
  • Pour the egg mixture over top.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight.

NEXT MORNING:

  • Remove baking dish from refrigerator to bring to room temperature.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Remove plastic wrap and cover with foil.
  • Bake 50-60 minutes or until center is set when you test with a knife and it comes out clean. If you’re using a deep baking dish or baking multiple pans, you will need to increase the baking time by another 15 minutes.
  • Return to oven for 5 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

EGGS BENEDICT with LEMONY HOLLANDAISE SAUCE

Eggs Benedict is one of my all time favorite special breakfasts. I am not a Canadian bacon fan though and much prefer a tavern style ham or better yet leftover Easter ham :D. And the English muffin has to be crispy, but not too crispy so it soaks up the Hollandaise sauce!  This is also a recipe I try to make in conjunction with white cake so nothing goes to waste since one uses egg whites and the other egg yolks.

Eggs Benedict is a multi-taskers recipe and requires more prep work than anything!  Using super FRESH eggs also makes it better!

Despite the name sounding Dutch,  Hollandaise  sauce began in France and was originally known as Sauce Isigny, after a town in Normandy famous for its butter and cream. Hollandaise is one of the five mother sauces in French cuisine. Sauce Isigny is also still listed in French reference books.  Ironically though according to Wikipedia the sauce can actually be traced back to the middle ages crediting it’s origins to 1651 in La Varenne’s Le Cuisinier François for “asparagus with fragrant sauce”.

EGGS BENEDICT with LEMONY HOLLANDAISE SAUCE serves 2

2 English muffins
4 LARGE, FRESH eggs
4 slices tavern ham, warmed

HOLLANDAISE SAUCE
4 tablespoons butter
4 egg yolks
Juice of 1 SMALL lemon – 1 tablespoon TART lemon juice
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon Frank’s original hot sauce
FRESH ground salt and pepper, to taste

  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  • In a separate small bowl, beat the egg yolks.
  • Mix in lemon juice, whipping cream, hot sauce, salt and pepper.
  • Temper the egg mixture by adding a small spoonful of the hot melted butter to the egg mixture and stirring well. Repeating this process a spoonful at a time to slowly combine without curdling the sauce.
  • Once the butter has been completely incorporated, pour the mixture back into the saucepan, cooking on LOW heat, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.

EGGS

2 tablespoons vinegar – I like to use apple cider vinegar to add a bit of tang to the egg.

  • Fill a medium size pot with about 3 inches of water and bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer.
  • Add vinegar (the vinegar helps the egg stay together all in one place)
  • Crack each egg into a separate ramekin.
  • GENTLY pour each egg into the water in separate areas.
  • Cook the egg in simmering water for 3-5 minutes, depending on how soft you want your egg yolk.
  • GENTLY Remove the poached egg with a slotted spoon.

ASSEMBLY

  • Toast the English muffin and LIGHTLY butter.
  • Top each toasted side with a slice of ham.
  • Top the ham with the poached egg.
  • Top with Hollandaise sauce.
  • Serve and enjoy immediately.

BACON GRUYERE QUICHE

BACON and HAM GRUYERE QUICHE slightly modified from Alex Guarnaschelli’s Quiche Lorraine

DOUGH
1 stick unsalted butter, cubed and chilled, plus more for greasing the pie plate
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
2 LARGE egg yolks 
2 to 3 tablespoons ice water 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°.
  • Butter a 9-inch pie plate and set aside.
  • Pulse the flour and salt in a food processor to blend.
  • Pulse in the egg yolks and butter. DO NOT OVER MIX
  • Add the ice water through the top and pulse until the dough comes together and forms a loose ball.
  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface.
  • Place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper.
  • Roll into a round, about 10 inches in diameter.
  • Press the dough gently into the bottom and up and about 1 inch over the sides of the prepared pie plate.
  • Pinch the dough up to create a crimped edge.
  • Place one sheet of parchment over the dough and fill with pie weights.
  • Bake until lightly brown, 16 to 18 minutes.
  • Remove the parchment paper and pie weights and let cool.

CUSTARD
1/4 to 1/2 pound slab bacon, trimmed and cut into “lardons” (1/4-inch-thick by 1-inch-long matchsticks)
1/2 cup SMALL diced ham chunks
1 shallot, sliced thin
cornstarch
4 LARGE eggs 
1 1/2 cups half-and-half 
1/2 cup whole milk 
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
3 dashes hot sauce 
Dash Worcestershire sauce 
FRESH ground sea salt and tri-color pepper, to taste
2 cups grated Gruyere or baby Swiss
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
Minced fresh chives, for garnish 

  • Cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy, 5 to 8 minutes. Set aside to drain on paper toweling.
  • Toss shallots in cornstarch as a dredge.
  • Quick fry the shallots in hot oil or butter, set aside to drain on paper toweling.
  • Whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, milk, nutmeg, hot sauce, Worcestershire, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Stir in the cheeses.
  • Place the pie shell on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Scatter three-quarters of the bacon, most of the shallots and all the ham chunks over the shell, then pour the custard over the top.
  • Bake until set and brown and bubbly on top, 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Garnish with the remaining bacon, shallots and chives.
  • Slice and serve.

TEX MEX MEXICAN BREAKFAST BOMBS

TEX MEX BREAKFAST BOMBS adapted from SLOW ROASTED ITALIAN
I think I found the original recipe on facebook. It was great, but I HAD to adapt it to my family and now we think it’s even better! These are cheesy, meat filled egg bombs that are a HUGE hit with EVERYONE young and old alike.

The BEST part is that they can be prepared in advance and then popped into the oven when you need them.

16 frozen RHODES dinner yeast rolls
flour, for dusting
SALSA, for finishing

FILLING
1/2 pound diced bacon pieces, prepared to desired crispness (we like them JUST crisp and still a little chewy)
1/2 pound diced country ham pieces
4 LARGE eggs
2 tablespoons WHOLE milk
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
8 ounces shredded Taco blend cheese
1 can green chiles, drained WELL
1/4 cup roasted red peppers, diced

EGGS

  • In a medium bowl combine eggs, milk, salt, and pepper, whisking until completely combined.
  • Spray a skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the egg mixture and stir occasionally until the eggs are scrambled, and no liquid is left in the pan, about 3-4 minutes. DO NOT cook until they are completely dry, or they will be very dry in the breakfast bomb.
  • Set aside to cool.

ASSEMBLY

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Place dinner rolls on a microwave safe plate and microwave on defrost for about 3-4 minutes (or until dough is no longer frozen, but NOT cooked).
  • Butter a 9″x9″ baking pan and set aside.
  • Lightly flour your counter top.
  • Toss 1 piece of dough in flour and flatten into disc stretching dough into a 3-4 inch circle.
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of cheese over the dough and press into the dough with the palm of your hand.
  • Top with 1 tablespoon eggs, 1 tablespoon bacon, 1/2 teaspoon green chiles and 1/2 teaspoon red peppers onto the center of the dough round. Pull the top and bottom edges of the dough together and then add the left and right edges. Pinch the dough together to create a ball. If the ball won’t seal, tap your finger tips into the flour and then crimp the seal together. Place dough ball in prepared dish. Repeat until all breakfast bombs are in the dish.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes. OR  Spray a piece of plastic wrap with non-stick spray, place the wrap sprayed side down on the breakfast bombs.refrigerate until the next day.

MAKE AHEAD COOKING

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Remove baking dish from the refrigerator, remove plastic wrap.
  • Bake for 40-45  minutes until the tops are golden brown and the breakfast bombs are no longer doughy. You can pull one of the edge pieces out and if it is still doughy cook it for another 5 minutes.

NOTE: Cover with foil at 25-30 minutes to prevent tops from getting TOO brown.

HERB BUTTER
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • In a small bowl melt butter in the microwave, about 30 seconds or until butter is melted.
  • Whisk in garlic powder, parsley and salt.
  • Remove breakfast bombs from the oven.
  • Brush them with melted butter mixture.
  • Serve and enjoy!

SHREDDED EGG SALAD

This is one of the simplest of recipes, but oh so tasty!
SHREDDED EGG SALAD serves 4-6
6-7 hard boiled eggs
3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 teaspoons FRENCH’S mustard
+/- 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • Grate eggs into a mixing bowl.
  • Stir in pickle relish and mustard.
  • Fold in mayonnaise a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

FUSION BREAKFAST ENCHILADAS MEXICAN-ITALIAN

FUSION BREAKFAST ENCHILADAS MEXICAN-ITALIAN adapted from NORMAL COOKING
These are wonderfully flavorful – Italian on the inside and Mexican on the outside – fusion at its best!

1 pound sweet Italian sausage
3 green onions, halved and sliced thin
2 ounces sun dried tomatoes
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
LARGE eggs
1 tablespoon WONDRA flour
2 cups half-and-half
FRESH ground sea salt and pepper
4 slices bacon, diced and cooked crisp
Salsa, for serving
Sour cream, for serving

  • Spray 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a skillet over medium high heat, brown sausage and then drain fat.
  • In a large bowl, stir together browned sausage, green onions, sun-dried tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese and half of the bacon pieces.
  • Place 1/8 of the mixture down the center of a tortilla.
  • Roll up and place seem side down in baking dish. Repeat until all tortillas are filled.
  • In another large bowl beat eggs, flour and salt.
  • Mix in half-and-half.
  • Pour over the tortillas in the pan. You can cover the dish overnight and place in the fridge OR bake immediately.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Uncover dish and sprinkle remaining cheese over tortillas.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the bacon bits over cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
  • Uncover dish and bake 10 minutes longer or until set and cheese is melted.

CHICKEN CHILE CORN CUSTARDS

CHICKEN CHILE CORN CUSTARDS
2 medium fresh poblano or Anaheim chile peppers, roasted
1 small sweet red pepper, roasted
2 cups rotisserie chicken pieces
5 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 1/2 cups Green Giant white corn niblets, drained
3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 can green chiles, drained well
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • Preheat oven to 425˚.
  • Grease 6 six ounce ramekins.
  • Place ramekins in a 13×9 baking dish.
  • In a large bowl combine eggs and cream.
  • Fold in peppers, corn, chicken, cheese, bread crumbs, chives, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  • Pour mixture evenly into ramekins.
  • Place baking dish on center rack in the middle of the oven.
  • Add 1 inch of boiling water to the baking dish.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove ramekins from water and serve on plates.

KITCHEN SINK FRITTATA

I LOVE egg dishes like omelets and quiches, but especially frittatas with their blend of savory sautéed vegetable fillings and fluffy eggs! Frittatas are EXTREMELY versatile and are good warm and cold, kind of like pizza.

One of the keys to a GREAT fritters is to saute’ your vegetables first. This will remove excess moisture so it is NOT released during baking which would make your frittata tough and watery.

MY FAVORITE FRITTATA formula serves 6-8
1 LARGE bunch green onions, sliced thin (a small diced shallot is good also)
10-12 button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced thin
2 carrots, cleaned and diced small (zuchinni is a good substitute)
1/2 cup halved grape tomatoes (optional)
1/2-3/4 cup fresh corn kernels (optional)
1/2 pound bacon, diced and cooked crisp (shredded chicken, pork or sausage are good choices also)
12 eggs
1/4 cup WHOLE milk
FRESH ground salt and pepper, to taste
3/4 cup grated Gruyere, Swiss, Provolone, Pepper Jack or Cheddar (whatever your favorite is)
1/4 cup basil pieces (thyme, cilantro or rosemary work great too depending on your flavor combos)
3 tablespoons butter

  • Preheat oven 450°.
  • In a 10 inch cast iron (or ovenproof skillet) melt butter.
  • Add carrots and sauce 5-8 minutes until soft.
  • Add corn and onions next, cooking 2 minutes more.
  • Add mushrooms and tomatoes next, cooking 3-5 minutes more until moisture is removed from veggies.
  • Cook off all moisture.

 

  • In a mixing bowl whisk together all the eggs until well blended.
  • Add milk and whisk again until well combined.
  • Add basil or whatever herb you’re using along with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour egg mixture over veggies and cook 2-3 minutes over medium heat, stirring with a spatula to create large waves – eggs should be just about cooked through on the bottom and a bit wet on top still.
  • Sprinkle with your cheese choice and press gently into eggs.
    Transfer to oven and cook 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted and golden.
  • Let stand 10 minutes.
  • Slice and serve.

CORNED BEEF HASH

What do you do with left over corned beef? Make HASH of course!
CORNED BEEF HASH
We like ours crisp so I use more of small dice/shredded mixture.   Cut yours according to your tastes.
left over corned beef (about a pound), diced and shredded
2 tablespoons organic butter
1/2 pound cooked potatoes, diced
1 large bunch green onions, sliced
fresh ground pink Himalayan salt and pepper, to taste
1-2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add onions, cooking a minute or two until translucent.
  • Add corned beef and potatoes.
  • Add seasoning and Worcestershire sauce, stirring and scraping bottom as necessary.
  • Serve with poached or fried eggs.

BASIC OMELETTE RECIPE


BASIC OMELETTE serves 1
2 eggs
2 tablespoons water
Fresh ground salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon butter
1/3-1/2 cup filling of your choice (bacon, diced ham, crumbled cooked sausage, onions, shallots, mushrooms, diced peppers, shredded cheddar or swiss cheese, etc…)

  • Prepare all your filling ingredients before you begin cooking as the eggs will cook fairly fast.
  • Whisk together eggs, water, salt and pepper in small bowl until WELL blended.
  • Heat a 6 to 8-inch nonstick omelet pan or skillet over medium-high heat until hot.
  • Add butter and TILT pan to coat entire bottom.
  • Pour in egg mixture. Your mixture should set almost immediately at edges.
  • Gently push cooked portions from edges toward the center with a spatula so that uncooked eggs can reach the hot pan surface. Continue cooking, tilting the pan and gently moving cooked portions as needed until the surface thickens and there is no visible liquid remaining.
  • Layer your filling on one side of the omelet.
  • Fold omelet in half with turner.
  • With a quick flip of the wrist, turn pan and INVERT or SLIDE omelet onto plate.
  • Serve immediately.

HASH BROWN HAM & CHEESE QUICHE

I found this recipe in an old Taste of Home magazine that I bought at a library book sale – best book sale I’ve been too in a long, long time. I spent $9.80 at the sale and then calculated the retail prices of all the books and magazines plus tax ($309.73) and found I saved $299.93 when all was said and done!

I did make a few changes to the original recipe. I have to tell you this was one of the easiest brunch items I’ve ever made. Crisp and tasty too!




 

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