Thursday, July 21, 2016

Diet Danger Zone - Quiche

Film Noir Night with a friend.  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. Coming from a family in law enforcement we always get a kick out of these old movies.

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. I really can't say quiche is "low cal", as there is usually cheese and eggs involved, but I made this one healthier but NOT using one of those trans fat soaked store bought crusts, and made the crust out of - - - ready for it? - - - HASH BROWNS.
I just need to fill it up with lots of veggies (ooops some bacon fell in there) and the usual trimmings, including my favorite hot sauce.

MMM hash browns -r ich, crisp, buttery and NO Trans Fats.

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

And Bacon!   

Quiche with Hash Brown Crust -

3 1/2 cups shredded potatos 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. (that seems like a lot but this is very filling so you'll not be having a huge chunk).

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 use, 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..
You won't be in any danger of overly acidic, bland or bitter sauce here.  The Scoville Brothers make THE best hot sauces and since they are located in Indiana where I lived so many years before I got married, even better.
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  leftover salad or fresh fruit. 

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  1. Omg you had me at Quiche!
    I love love it!!!

    1. I will make one before husband goes on a trip and eat it all week.

  2. Hari OM
    I LOVE quiche and would normally make my own shortcrust of course... but am VERY TEMPTED by this variation and as am over staying with the father, I suspect he would enjoy it too. Thanks for sharing this idea... meanwhile, just to mention managed to get those rice wrappers!!!. Thanks for your offer, but sorted this side &*>
    Eyes-on... YAM xx

    1. Yay on the rice wrappers, I just picked some up for a friend that lives out in Amish Country in Indiana. She makes the BEST pad thai but getting the ingredients out there is tough.

  3. She's been an old fashioned girl ever since? We're gonna have to ponder that one for a few minutes! I cannot click to enlarge the photo cuz I am already drooling over this delicious quiche & hash brown delight!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

    1. It was SO good, and you could easily leave the meat out of it and add extra veggies.


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