Tonight is lazy night. My fridge is semi-empty and so is my brain. Can't think of anything to make for dinner. No, make that, there are lots of things I'd like to have for dinner but there is always that one or two essential ingredients from the recipe that I don't have in my pantry or fridge. So, I'll just try to fix something from whatever I can find in my freezer, fridge and pantry. Let's see ...... we have ....
bacon, half a fennel bulb, chives, shredded cheddar, onions, some eggs left in the carton, some butter, about a cup of cream, hmmm ......
and in the pantry ..... flour ...... hmmm ......
INGREDIENTS: SHORTCRUST PASTRY
10 oz plain flour
5 oz cold, unsalted butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
*Note: this makes enough pastry for two 8" quiche pans. I can't make for one coz it's kinda hard to measure out half an egg.
Pulse together flour, salt and butter in a food processor (I did mention I was feeling lazy today) until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Add beaten egg and pulse to mix until it forms into a ball of dough. Do not overmix.
Remove, wrap with plastic and leave to rest in the fridge for about 20 mins.
Roll out dough and press into base and sides of quiche pan. Pierce a few holes at the base of pastry with a fork. Refrigerate 20 mins before baking.
Preheat oven to 200˚C.
Line pastry with parchment and fill with baking beans/beads. Bake 15-20 mins. Remove beads and parchment and bake for another 2-3 mins. Do not allow to brown.
Pour filling into crust and bake 25-30 mins or until the top of the filling turns golden brown.
Remove from oven and let stand 10 mins before digging in. Serve with a fresh green salad.
(These are just estimates since I was trying to clear out whatever was left)
1 cup coarsely chopped bacon
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fennel bulb
1 small onion, diced
1 cup cream
1 cup shredded cheddar (you can always use parmesan/gruyere)
3 tbs chopped chives
salt and pepper to taste
Place bacon in a pan and saute until lightly browned, not crisp. Add in chopped onion and fennel. Stir until onions are soft. Leave to cool.
Beat together eggs and cream in a bowl until evenly combined. Stir in bacon mixture and chopped chives. Season to taste. (If bacon is salty, reduce or leave out the salt)
Pour into crust. Bake as above.
*You can make one large quiche or smaller individual ones.
PS: This turned out pretty good. Sometimes the simplest, throw together dish can be the yummiest!