Waste Not, Want Not: Sunday Night Quiche Tradition-Building

Last week I started a tradition I think I’m going to like.

We generally go grocery shopping every Sunday afternoon to prepare for the upcoming work week.  But then…there’s the refrigerator clean-out process that comes along with the stocking task.  And invariably, I find forgotten food tucked in the deep corners of our fridge that is generally still good but needs to be used ASAP.

Hence, the birth of my Sunday Night “Empty the Fridge” Quiche.  Last week, it consisted of: broccoli, about 1/3 of an onion, a small piece of smoked cheddar block I had to “de-mold” prior to grating, a bit of buttermilk, and 1/3 container of cottage cheese.  Oh, and eggs.

This week, I found half an old bag of frozen chopped spinach, I had some bacon that needed to be cooked, and I had local pullet eggs going out of date in three days.  I threw in about one cup of good shredded cheddar and I must say, it’s delicious (see the top featured photo above).

So, should you wish to follow suit and have breakfast ready to heat up every work day morning the following week, here is all you need:

1) Use your favorite pie crust recipe.  Make only enough for one crust.

2) The filling-base should contain about 10-12 pullet eggs or about 8-10 med/large eggs.  You’ll also need to use either 1/2 c. buttermilk or half-n-half with the mixture.

3) THEN, simply add browned breakfast meat (sausage, bacon, etc.) and/or any number of veggies you like.  It helps if you saute the veggies because if they purge water into your egg mixture while cooking, you don’t get a nice tight filling.  I usually put in onions, peppers, mushrooms, or other lovely blends.

Bake your Quiche at 375 for about 35-40 minutes.  Once a knife is inserted in the center and comes out clean, you’re done!  (Secret: I just bake it until the dish starts smelling good; for some reason, it’s usually done just about the time a nice aroma fills up the kitchen.)

I’m already dreaming of breakfast tomorrow – coffee, ice water, my vitamin, a glass of juice if I’m lucky, and a steaming slice of delicious Quiche right out of the microwave.  It lasts all week so breakfasts, or evening snacks, are extra easy. Enjoy!