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Puff Pastry Quiche with Spinach and Cheese

February 27, 2017

There are many great things about this recipe. First, you get to use puff pastry, which is flaky and buttery. Then you get to make quiche that is portable and easily customized, which makes this perfect for brunch or households where tastes vary. You can always mix up the egg base and set out a “filling bar” so hungry diners can choose-their-own meal adventure.

This recipe will give you a dozen muffin-sized quiches and a dozen mini quiches. You will likely have some extra filling mixture at the end too, which is perfect for making a quick egg scramble!

You will need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 c fat-free half and half
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 c frozen chopped spinach, thawed with the extra water squeezed out
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 c shredded cheese (I used a cheddar-jack blend)
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed according to the directions

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Set a regular and a mini-sized muffin tin on the counter to the side. Lightly grease the tins.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the eggs together with the half and half, garlic powder, pepper, paprika, salt, and red pepper flakes until light and airy.
  3. Stir in the spinach, onion and cheese (or whatever fillings you want…be creative!).
  4. Set aside.
  5. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry and cut into 9 pieces (3×3). Gently stretch each piece slightly and press each piece into a regular sized muffin tin well.
  6. Unfold the second piece of puff pastry. Cut one-third of it into 3 pieces; these should be roughly equal in size to what you just cut. Gently stretch each piece slightly and press each piece into a regular muffin tin well.
  7. At this point you should have a dozen regular-sized muffin tin wells lined with puff pastry. The next step will line a dozen mini-sized muffin tin wells.
  8. Cut the remaining puff pastry into 12 pieces (3×4). Gently stretch each piece slightly and press into the mini muffin tin wells.
  9. Pour a little water into any unused mini muffin tin wells to protect them while baking.
  10. Gently spoon the egg mixture into each lined muffin tin well. The egg will rise a little, so you do not need to fill it to the top of the well. I recommend filling to about 2/3 full.
  11. Bake until the egg center is not wet/jiggly in the middle and the puff pastry is golden. It will take about 12-17 minutes for the mini quiches and another 5 or so for the regular muffin-sized ones. Check frequently near the end.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before removing. Finish cooling on a wire rack until they are cool enough to eat.

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Mushroom Hand Pies

October 4, 2016

We love portable dinner. It is perfect for the beach, a picnic, or for eating one-handed while entertaining a baby. These are hearty and full of earthy mushrooms. We loved adding crispy bacon, but you could leave it out for a vegetarian version.

You will need:

  • 4 oz bacon
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t oregano
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 c white wine
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 4 oz shredded Gruyere or swiss
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 package puff pastry sheets
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T water

Then you will…

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy, about 3-5 minutes per side.
  2. Remove the bacon and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Once cool, crumble the bacon. Set aside.
  4. Dispose of all but 2 tablespoons of the rendered bacon fat.
  5. Saute the mushrooms in the rendered bacon fat until most of their liquid is cooked off.
  6. Stir in the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in the wine and saute until it is cooked off.
  8. Stir in the cream and allow to simmer until the sauce thickens. You want it to resemble a thick gravy.
  9. Stir in the shredded cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  11. Roll out the puff pastry until each sheet is roughly square.
  12. Cut each sheet into 4 squares.
  13. Place a spoonful of mushroom filling a little to one side of the middle of each square. You will want roughly a 1/2 inch margin of dough on the edges.
  14. Sprinkle with some of the bacon.
  15. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water to make an egg wash.
  16. Brush the edges of the dough lightly with the egg wash.
  17. Fold the other half of the dough over the filling, either in squares or triangles (or both).
  18. Use a fork to crimp the edges of the pastry shut.
  19. Place the pastries on the prepared baking sheets.
  20. Brush the tops with the egg wash.
  21. Lightly sprinkle with pepper.
  22. Cut three small slits in the top of each pastry to allow steam to escape.
  23. Bake 20-30 minutes or until the pastries are golden and baked through.
  24. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a rack at least 15 minutes before serving.

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Parmesan Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas

September 14, 2016

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This quadruple “p” dinner is a luscious comfort dish: the Parmesan adds creaminess, the prosciutto adds a yummy saltiness, the peas add a hint of sunshine and spring, and pasta is a favorite of D’s.

You will need:

  • 1 lb of your favorite pasta
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T butter
  • 4-6 oz prosciutto, sliced into thin ribbons
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 16 oz frozen peas
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 1 T fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 T fresh basil, chopped
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c Parmesan, grated

Then you will…

  1. Salt a large pot of water. Bring to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the instructions, stopping 1-2 minutes shy of al dente. Save 1 cup of the cooking water when you drain the pasta.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium low heat.
  3. Add the prosciutto and onion and saute until starting to turn golden and crispy, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the frozen peas and allow to saute another 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cream, mint, basil, and red pepper.
  6. Mix in the cooked pasta.
  7. Stir in the lemon zest and season with the pepper.
  8. Mix in the Parmesan, thinning the sauce with some of the reserved pasta cooking water as needed.
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Santorini Shrimp

August 31, 2016

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This shrimp dish is inspired from a memorable vacation my mom and I took to Greece. We island hopping and feasted on fish fresh from the sea. This recipe pulls from the deliciousness of feta and other Mediterranean flavors and goes well with couscous or some fresh crusty bread and a crisp green salad.

You will need:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut in half and sliced thin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 c grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 T capers, chopped
  • 2 t oregano
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined (feel free to leave the tails on if you want)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c feta, crumbled

Then you will…

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and saute until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato, capers, oregano and red pepper flakes. Saute another 3 minutes.
  4. Add the shrimp. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the feta. Cook until the shrimp are pink and opaque throughout, about 2 minutes on each side.
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Sundried Tomato and Chicken Pasta

October 2, 2015

Sundried tomatoes are delicious. This pasta dish combines sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and chicken with a mix of cheeses.

You will need:

  • 3 T unsalted butter
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 oz sundried tomatoes in oil, drained with 2 T of the oil reserved and tomatoes chopped
  • 1 lb chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 T dried basil
  • 1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 c light cream
  • 1 c Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz pasta
  • 1/2 c reserved cooked pasta water

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Then you will…

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the box, removing from the water 1 minute early.
  2. Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and saute until the juices cook off.
  3. Add the garlic, sundried tomatoes, sundried tomato oil, and the chicken.
  4. Mix in the salt, paprika, basil and red pepper flakes.
  5. Saute until the chicken is cooked through and lightly browned.
  6. Add the cheeses and the cream. Stir to combine thoroughly.
  7. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce to a simmer. The cheese should melt into the sauce.
  8. Mix in the cooked pasta and reserved pasta water.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste, as needed.
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Thyme and Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potato

September 3, 2015

This simple side dish comes has a lot of flavor thanks to lots of herbs and the deliciousness of roasting vegetables in the oven.

You will need:

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, quartered and cut into 0.5-inch slices
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 T fresh thyme, de-stemmed
  • 2 T fresh rosemary, de-stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t crushed red chili flakes
  • 1/4 t ground mustard powder
  • 1/4 t salt

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Mix together all of the ingredients.
  3. Spread out in a 9×13 baking dish.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir and return to the oven.
  5. Bake for another 15 minutes. Stir and return to the oven.
  6. Bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir. The potatoes should be softened and lightly caramelized.
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Gorgonzola Blush Pasta

April 4, 2015

D and I like stinky cheeses. This pasta sauce takes advantage of crumbly Gorgonzola, while the tomatoes and other ingredients mellow out the cheese. We used a spinach linguine with it, and we loved it! If you wanted to make this a vegetarian entree, you can omit the pancetta and saute the shallots and mushrooms in a few tablespoons of olive oil.

You will need:

  • 1 lb pasta of your choice, cooked to al dente and reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water
  • 4 oz pancetta, finely chopped
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 4 oz baby bella mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 14.5 oz (1 can) diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 1/2 c light cream
  • 2/3 c crumbled Gorgonzola
  • 1 c fresh basil, thinly sliced

Then you will…

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, start to brown the pancetta over medium heat.
  2. Add the shallot and mushrooms and saute until the mushrooms are starting to turn golden.
  3. Add the red pepper flakes and saute 2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  4. In a food processor, pulse the tomatoes with their juices and the garlic until broken down.
  5. Add to the skillet along with the salt and pepper.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Stir in the light cream and bring to a simmer.
  8. Allow to simmer 5-10 minutes.
  9. Mix in the half cup of the pasta cooking water.
  10. Mix in the Gorgonzola and stir until melted into the sauce.
  11. Add the cooked pasta and toss to coat.
  12. Allow to simmer another 2-3 minutes.
  13. Stir in the basil and serve hot!

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