Week 1: Eggs – Bacon & Fontina Quiche and welcome to 2014

Well, I made it farther in 2013 than in 2012. I was able to get about 40 weeks posted on reddit.com, but unfortunately, only about 12 made it here to the blog.

So new year, fresh start! I notice that some of the themes this year are starting to be reused (I remember eggs from one of the weeks in 2012), but that just gives us an opportunity to branch out even further from “core” or “staple” recipes. This is a CHALLENGE, remember. I attempted to recruit some more friends into this year as well, but apparently everyone I know is too lazy to commit to a specific theme/ingredient/etc. ONE TIME A WEEK. Lame. But my two beautiful sisters seem to be giving it a concerted effort!

Anyway, here’s week 1’s egg dish!

Bacon & Fontina Quiche

I made this really amazing breakfast strata recommended by my lovely co-worker, Kayla. She was kind enough to email me her recipe, which I changed slightly, to be more “meat heavy” for the benefit of Shawn 🙂 The strata would have been GREAT for egg week, but, i used it in 2013’s Week 52: Holiday Traditions (yes, it is now our tradition to make this yummy strata for Christmas breakfast!) Ok, back to the quiche…

I looked at a few different recipes to come up with something that I felt incorporated all the things i wanted in my quiche. And as a shortcut, I used a pre-made frozen pie crust. I know, I’m a terrible person. I’ve felt terrible about it for weeks now.

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First I chopped up the bacon, and sautéd it in a pan, then I added some chopped sage at the end of the cooking time. Be careful not to burn the sage.

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Shred the cheese up, the more, the cheesier!

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Here’s a shot of the bacon and sage, after I spooned it out of the pan. Look how pretty those little sage flecks are!

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After you combined all the cheese and bacon, into your egg mixture, pour into your pre-baked pie shell. Pre-baking is sup important! Don’t skip this step, unless you want a soggy gross crust bottom.

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I added a whole sage leaf to the top for a pretty garnish!

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Just out of the oven, and it looks delightful!

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I highly recommend trying out this quiche, it was quite delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pie shell
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2lb bacon
  • 1 1/2 c of heavy cream (you can sub milk here, or a mixture of both)
  • 2Tbsp chopped sage (1 extra leaf for garnish, optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese (again you can sub here with your favorite type)
  • salt & pepper

Pre-heat oven to 375

Pre-bake your pie shell for about 8-10 min, just until it puffs a bit and is no longer raw, place shell on a baking sheet. Chop up the bacon, and fry until desired doneness. Add your chopped sage to the bacon, about 2 minutes before the bacon is finished cooking. Remove from heat, and set aside. Shred your fontina up and set aside. Scramble eggs in a bowl, add in cream/milk and season with salt & pepper. Add in bacon and cheese to the eggs, give a good stir, and pour into pie shell. Place your garnish on top (if using), and then put the baking sheet with your filled quiche, into the oven. The baking sheet will catch any spillage from the quiche. Bake for 45 minutes, or until center no longer jiggles. Remove quiche from oven and allow to set for about 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!

Week 6: Spicy – Cajun Chicken Sliders

Ok, I’ll admit it. Due to the Super Bowl festivities, I did not make the recipe that I probably would have, had I not been making tons of football friendly snacks. So I’m showcasing a recipe that fits the bill for spicy, and was also served at our party!

I give you, Cajun Chicken Sliders! They are adorable, tasty little snacks. I loved the way they looked, and they tasted even better! I would highly recommend these, based on the speed with which they disappeared on Sunday.

Very basic and easy to put together!

chickensliders

Take 3 chicken breasts, and slice them as if you were going to butterfly them, but cut all the way through. Then cut the thinner breasts in half, so you have 4 small chicken “patties.” Season all the chicken with salt, pepper and cajun spice. It’s ok to be very heavy handed with the cajun spice. Grill all the chicken and then top with bacon and cheddar. When cheddar is melted, place on buns and add toppings of your choice. Try some lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing!

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 pounds of chicken breasts
  • 12 dinner rolls
  • cajun seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • bacon
  • cheddar (sliced)

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

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