June 28, 2011

Spinach Mushroom Quiche

So this is an AMAZING quiche. The addition of the soup mix is genius! I got this recipe from my 
All Recipes cookbook and just made a slight change. I also didn't use the crescent rolls because I had 
some leftover frozen pie crust, but I'm sure the rolls make it that much better. This quiche is savory and 
flavorful. We love it. 

Oh, and did I mention how easy quiches are? It's fantastic.

Spinach Mushroom Quiche
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
2 cups torn spinach leaves
1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls
1 (1 ounce) package herb and lemon soup mix
½ cup half-and-half
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Melt margarine in a skillet over medium heat and cook mushrooms, spinach and onions for 5 minutes 
or until tender, stir continuously. Remove the skillet from heat.
In a 9 inch round pan or pie plate coated with non-stick cooking spray arrange crescent roll triangles 
in a circle, with narrow tips hung over the rim of the pie plate about 2 inches. Press dough onto the 
 bottom and side of the pie plate to fill in any gaps.
In a medium bowl stir together the soup mix, half and half cream and eggs. Stir the cheese and cooked 
vegetables into the egg mixture until blended. Pour into the prepared crust. Fold the points of dough 
that are hanging over the edge back in over the filling.
Bake the quiche for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the center comes 
out clean.

June 27, 2011

Tips/Tricks: OXO Hand-held Mandoline Slicer

OXO Hand-held Mandoline Slicer
Use: Slice vegetables, etc. Adjustable for 3 different thicknesses. 
Purchase here
I've really only used this mandoline to slice vegetables (onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.), but I absolutely love it. It has a good handle, sturdy grip on the vegetable and three thicknesses, which makes slicing a breeze. I also love OXO. It's a quality brand, which is necessary for the kitchen.
It makes cooking that much easier!

BBQ Chicken Burgers

I have seen a few recipes for chicken burgers lately and thought they sounded like a yummy alternative to hamburgers. I saw one recipe for BBQ Chicken burgers on How Sweet It Is and then decided to change it up a little bit. Most people caramelize their onions in oil and salt, but I really try to make them "caramelized" by adding some brown sugar and honey. I hope you like the texture and flavor of the onions as much as I do!
My mom happened to have a meat grinder attachment for a Kitchen Aid mixer lying around so I tried it out for the first time ever, and it worked great! I was kind of grossed out by the sliminess of the ground-up chicken, but it is what it is.
And this is how I caramelize onions. Literally "caramelize."
I forgot to add the BBQ sauce into the chicken so your patties should look darker than mine did.
Chewy, sugary, caramely, onions. Yum.
And a toasted bun. What could be better?
BBQ Chicken Burgers
Makes 4 burgers
1 pound ground chicken breast
1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup BBQ sauce {I really like Hunt's Hickory and Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce}
4 hamburger buns
1 onion, sliced into rings
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon honey
BBQ sauce for topping
Slice of cheese for topping {Provolone, swiss, mozzarella, etc.}

1.    In a large bowl, combine chicken, BBQ sauce, onion and garlic powder, salt, pepper and cheddar cheese. Mix until just combined, then form 4 patties. Preheat the grill or grill pan and cook the burgers until fully cooked through. I used a grill pan and cooked mine about 8 minutes per side.
2.    While burgers are cooking, heat a skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. Add sliced onions with brown sugar and honey and sauté until caramelized, about 10 minutes.
3.    When burgers are ready, top with slice of cheese, onions, and BBQ sauce. Toast and butter the buns for an added crunch.

Tools Used:
Kitchen Aid Mixer w/Meat Grinder Attachment
OXO Hand-held Mandoline Slicer
Caphalon Grill Pan