Is everyone enjoying the summer weather? I am. Everytime I drive with my windows open, I'm reminded how happy I am to be able to feel the warmth of the sun. Yes, there're days with scorching heat even in Oregon, but thanks to a window AC, those are bearable :) The only thing I despise to do when it's too hot is to water my yard. Last Sunday when we had a thunderstorm, I felt relieved, literally!
This recipe that I'm writing is one that I think is yummy for a summer meal. It's a quiche with Southwestern flavor, and the main proteins are cheese and eggs. Really, you can make a wonderful meal with great tasting cheese and good quality eggs, I don't think my family ever gets bored by those two. Yes, there's pastry crust that needs to be done first but it's not that hard to make one. Pair this quiche with whatever vegetables in season or even chips and salsa, you'll have a complete meal for the day.
Chile and Cheese Quiche
Serves 6 to 8
1 recipe Flaky Pastry (recipe follows), refrigerated for 30 minutes
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon chili powder
1 ½ cups hal-and-half
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
½ cup sliced ripe black olives
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions (white and green parts)
Guacamole for serving
Sour cream for serving
Preheat the oven to 350F. Roll out the chilled pastry into a 12-inch circle and transfer to a 9-inch pie pan. Flute the edges.
Mix the cheeses together and spread over the bottom of the pastry. In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, salt, chili powder, half-and-half, chiles, olives, and green onion. Pour the mixture over the cheeses in the pie pan.
Bake for 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of the filling comes out clean. Serve each piece with a dollop of guacamole and sour cream.
Makes one 8- or 9-inch piecrust
¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 to 4 tablespoons ice water
In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, two knives, or a pastry fork, cut in the butter until the fat is the size of dried peas. Alternately, combine the ingredients in a food processor with the steel blade in place, and pulse.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, lemon juice, and 2 to 3 tablespoons of the ice water. Drizzle the egg mixture over the flour mixture. With a fork or spatula, mix until the pastry holds together in a ball, adding more ice water if necessary.
Turn out onto a work surface and knead lightly once or twice to shape the dough into a ball. Wrap in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes, before rolling out the dough. Proceed as directed in the recipe you are using.
Source: The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever by Beatrice Ojakangas