Yet, living away from your parents for a prolonged period has it drawbacks (or blessings?). I grew tired of her cooking (seriously?) and wanted to eat my own food again (at least once in a while). So, with a potluck coming up tomorrow, I decided to try making my own quiche for the first time.
Quiche - a wonderful combination of eggs, potatoes, bacon, cheese, etc - few of my all time favorties thrown into a dish... how could I not love it? Two of the best quiches I had so far are from (1) the Old Salt in Hampton, NH, and (2) Baked & Wired in Georgetown, DC. Don't have a picture of the quiche from the Old Salt since I was there with my co-workers (not to mention the VP was present) and it would just be too embarassing to whip out my camera (even my iPhone) but here's a picture of the Manly Quiche from Baked & Wired.
|Manly Quiche from Baked & Wired|
I am hooked after the first bite and of course I went into a frenzy looking for the recipe... and in this digital world... nothing is a secret for long~ (not to mention I won't take "no" for an answer when it comes to food)
Ta-da- manly quiche recipe - it took me a lot longer than the prescribed 20 mins prep time so budget your time accordingly (I shredded my own potatoes... that's probably why). I also made a few adjustments to the recipe...
- Essence mix: don't have paprika so I increased the amount of cayenne pepper in my essence mix; omitted the garlic and onion powder since I don't have any at home; used italian seasoning instead of the dried oregano and thyme. (Big mistake! definitely need the paprika - the cayenne was an overkill - made the crust way too spicy! but otherwise, the quiche was good...)
- As mentioned, I shredded 4 potatoes instead and squeezed the liquids out.
- Used only one kind of cheese - gruyere - bought a block from Costco and shredded about 2 cups.
- Used 3 slices of thick cut bacon instead of the sausage.
- Used 2 small jalapaneos instead of "green chiles" - I figured they are the same thing.
- Used green bell pepper instead of the red - they taste the same to me and I can't justify spending $1.59 vs $0.59 per pound for a garnish.
- It actually took 40 minutes for my quiche to bake instead of the prescribed 25-30 minutes.
Here's how my quiche turned out at the different stages of the cooking process:
|the potato crust after 25 mins of baking|
|ready for more baking!|
|my version of the manly quiche <3|