Cooking should not be like an injection of nutritional supplements. Watching Star Trek as a kid, I always felt sorry for Data, the computer-being, because he could not taste food. He could not even enjoy meals with his fellow crew members in the dining hall. Food to him was merely a “compilation of nutrients which humans needed to survive.”
Food connects us as human beings. There is nothing as special as taking time to sit down and have a meal with someone. This simple act of eating without outside distraction allows for conversation and the establishment of wonderful friendships. In our current day of iPhones buzzing, Facebook poking, and twittering from birds that do not exist beyond the internet, taking precious moments away from these consumptions is vital.
Today I wanted to take the leftovers not from your craft box, but from your kitchen cabinet and refrigerator. These leftovers are meant to be repurposed to share in a Heart Warming “Leftovers” Quiche.
First, take that rolled up croissant dough that you have been saving for some delicious breakfast treat or any sort of dough that you may have. If you do not have dough then make some using this simple recipe!
Mix together the following ingredients and you will have your very own homemade pie crust made from those ingredients that we always seem to have stocked in the back of our fridge or cabinet. This is known as 3-2-1 dough because it is 3 parts flour, 2 parts fat and 1 part water. Add a dash of sugar and a bit of butter and you have it ladies and gents!
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into small pieces
4 to 5 tablespoons ice water
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Use a little bit of butter or Pam on the bottom of a circular pan so that your quiche will not stick. Spread your pie crust/ dough over the circular pan.
Crack and mix 6-7 eggs together with a whisk. Some day I hope to successfully not get the eggs all over my hands. My hope is when I become an official adult and graduate from college that this will happen magically.
Now it is your time to be creative. I suggest adding a veggie to the mix. My personal favorite is Kale, but spinach or broccoli are also solid alternatives.
If you are a vegetarian/ are not feeling like a carnivore continue on this route and add whatever looks good in your cabinet.
If you are not I would try adding a meat. Deli meats are good as well as chicken. My personal favorite, for some crazy reason, is the mini ham squares that you can get at the grocery store that I eat in omelets.
Add any additional sauces you wish to try. I think that salsa would make a really interesting addition personally.
Mix your ingredients together and then pour them into your pie pan overtop your crust.
Now slide your delectable quiche into the oven and leave there for twenty minutes (I know it is tempting to take it out to early-but it will be better cooked: raw eggs are a messy business).
Take it out and if you wish sprinkle cheese or other seasonings on top. I know such a tease.Now leave your quiche in the oven for another 20ish minutes or until it is cooked completely through and does not ooze egg.
Finally, share your meal and heart with a friend.