What I Made – Crustless Quiche with Sausage, Green Garlic and Kale

During the summer, we typically make a crustless quiche every other week. It’s a great way to use up those non-lettuce leafy greens, and as you’ll see, the recipe is a perfect opportunity to use up many of the odds and ends hanging around the refrigerator. In fact, it’s not really a recipe, it’s more like an outline. Swap in any meat (or not), onions, and greens and you’re well on your way to a tasty breakfast, or lunch, or dinner!

Easy Crustless Quiche, inspired by The Bonjon Gourmet

INGREDIENTS:
Base
6 eggs
1 cup milk (or a combo of milk and cream)
1/2 cup flour (or rice flour, gluten free mix, or other flour alternative)
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

Mix-Ins
Meat – use a half pound breakfast sausage, 4-6 slices of thick-cut bacon, or a couple of cups of cubes ham or deli meat

Onions – this could be a diced white onion, several stalks of sliced green garlic, or the white and light green parts of a bunch of green onions

Greens – use 4-6 cups of washed and chopped kale, spinach, Swiss chard, any sturdy leafy green

Cheese – try about a cup shredded cheddar, crumbled goat cheese, cubes of feta or mozzarella

Herbs – add some thyme, parsley, chives, etc
Other – we like to top with sun-dried tomatoes, chive blossoms, and other tasty toppings

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. If meat isn’t already cooked, cook through in a skillet on the stovetop. Remove the meat when done but don’t wipe out the skillet. (Do drain some grease off if there’s more than a tablespoon or two.)

2. In the same skillet, add chopped onion ingredient and cook several minutes until softened. (If you didn’t need to cook meat, just cook onions in a skillet with a bit of olive oil.)

3. Add greens to the onions in the skillet and sauté until wilted. Set this aside and let it cool for a bit.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, flour, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

5. Stir meat and onion and greens mixture into egg mix.

6. Stir in cheese and herbs, if using, to the egg mixture.

7. Pour into a baking spray-coated pie plate and bake for 45-55 minutes until center is just set.

Our Own Garden Share

One of the perks of not being “in the city” anymore is having a backyard garden space of my very own.

Here’s the harvest from the weekend: some garlic scapes (the pre-bloom flower sprout of hardneck varieties of garlic) and our very own green garlic!

There will be many more stalks of green garlic to come as we pull them to make room for peppers!

What I’ve Planned – Week 3

Rather than post each recipe step by step this time around, I thought I would make a summary list of all the dishes I’m planning to make this week and which veggies they’ll use. It will help me think and shop ahead for meals for the week and will be much faster for me to write than the longer posts I used to make (hopefully helping me keep up with the blog, ahem). I’ll link to the recipes online, where possible, and will follow up with a full blog post if I love the recipe or make substantial changes – or if you send me your requests!

Here goes, roughly in order from Sunday to Friday:

Even though this sounds like a lot, I expect at the end of this week we will still have red scallions to use, even after I put them on the tofu and noodles and the poke bowl. We might have some lettuce left over and maybe even some kale since that bag was pretty stuffed. I know we will have green garlic still to use because I’ll be using what we got last week in the recipe this week! And to think, this is only the start of the season – I have my work cut out for me.

What I Got: Week 3 2019

We’re very much in what I like to call “salad season these days. A sure way to know summer is fast approaching is that the garlic is looking less green and more like the adult bulb we typically know it as.

Clockwise from left: Green Garlic, Spinach, Green Kale (busting out of its plastic bag!), two heads of Red Leaf Lettuce, two bunches of Red Scallions, Cremini Mushrooms, Mixed Cherry Tomatoes, and Shunkyo Radishes (with greens still attached)