Quiche

 

One of my favorite memories, is going way back to when i was in high school and my first food preparation class teacher ( which at that time i took for easy credits, since i never thought that i would be a professional chef, but was sure i would be a guitar god..) took us to a restaurant downtown at the old antlers hotel…….me and a friend of mine decided to smoke a bowl before going in and eating…..which to tell you the truth, i beleive…is why i became so obsessed at the time with the stupid crazy retarded goodness of a food item called…..Quiche ( pronounced ” keesh”). Maybe it was because my taste buds where enhanced 5 times more than regular…maybe it was because i was concentrating on feeding the munchies monster that was brewing in my soul…..or maybe the Quiche Lorraine I had was actually that good….who knows. All I know is that the restaurant is no longer there, so i cannot go back and have another piece. But that obsession has never left me and still to date… i still search for the perfect Quiche and during my long and still continuing search……. i have tasted some exquisite Quiche, but none of them have ever tasted as good as that first Quiche I tried…….at the Antlers Hotel…..

Anyway …i still love the damn things and every once in a while I get a craving for them. Hawaii doesn’t have many choices of restaurants that serve this delicate, delicious gourmet treats , so like most of my cravings i must make my own. If you never had a Quiche ……. you should definitely give this a try…..remember you can fill it with anything you want…..I chose left overs I had in my fridge can fill it with sausage, potatoes, anything….Left overs are great for a hand held breakfast on the way out the door.  Enjoy!

1 premade pie crust ( prepare as directed on the package) < yes i know how to make my own crust, i just choose not to at this particular moment >

6 slices of bacon, fried crispy and chopped into pieces

1/4 cup onions finely chopped

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1 cup fresh spinach

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

1 cup whipping cream ( very important. either this or Half and Half. not regular milk.)

3 large eggs with whites included

2 egg yolks  with out whites

1/2 tsp of salt

1/4 tsp pepper

3/4 cups Gruyère cheese shredded ( really any cheese you like, experiment a little, just no fake sliced cheese.)

in a skillet on medium high heat saute bacon till crisp, drain fat and transfer bacon to a paper towel. In the same skillet saute the onions till tender, add garlic and saute till fragrant. Add spinach and saute till wilted. remove from pan . toss with balsamic vinegar and set aside.

**note – squeeze out excess liquid before sprinkling in pie shell.

whisk together eggs and whipping cream till well blended and custard looking. in the cool pre baked pie crust  sprinkle spinach mixture ( see note ). sprinkle cheese. fill pie crust with egg mixture. do not over fill. with a fork lightly stir ingredients with fork to incorporate with egg mixture. Be careful not to break the pie crust.

Bake Quiche till slightly puffed and golden, about 35 minutes at 375 degrees. let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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