Monday, September 27, 2010

"Authentically French"* Quiche

  • 6 eggs
  • 3 big scoops of sour cream (about 1 cup)
  • pinch of salt (and pepper)
  • finely chopped ham (or bacon)
  • finely chopped onion
  • finely chopped green peppers
  • grated cheese (we've used freshly grated parmesan, gruyere, gouda, or havarti, but you can use whatever you like)
  • (could also add chopped mushrooms, green onions, or even chopped broccoli or spinach for power-vegetable kick!)
  • unbaked pie shell

Mix eggs and sour cream until smooth. Add salt (and pepper). Put meat & vegetables on bottom of pie shell. Add some cheese. Pour on the egg mixture. (I like to reserve some of everything and repeat the layers: meat & veggies, cheese, eggs.)

Bake 10 minutes at 400°, then reduce heat to 350° and bake another 20-30 minutes.

*Marcie's note: This recipe is from Jason's brother Mike who served in the France Paris Mission. My personal adaptations are in parentheses.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pizza Dough

(I found this recipe in a "Taste of Home" magazine)
Perfect Pizza Crust

1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
1 ½ C. warm water (110-115 degrees)
2 Tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. salt
2 C. bread flour
1 ½ C. whole wheat flour
Pizza toppings of your choice

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt, 1 cup bread flour and the whole wheat flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining bread flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down; roll into a 15 inch circle. Grease a 14 inch pizza pan and sprinkle with cornmeal. Transfer dough to prepared pan; build up edges slightly.
Add toppings of your choice. Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown and toppings are lightly browned and heated through.

This is our favorite pizza dough but we do like thinner crust so I cut the recipe in half for one pizza!!