Bacon Cheese and Caramelized Onion Quiche

Ingredients
Prepared pie crust (I like Pillsbury.)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, sliced into half moons
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 pound bacon, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
6 eggs
1 3/4 cup half and half, or mixture of milk and cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
1. Spread pie crust into pie plate and refrigerate for 20 minutes.  Heat oven to 350*F and bake pie shell for 15 minutes.  Remove pie plate from oven and reduce heat to 325*F.  

2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium-low heat.  Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally.  When onions are soft and translucent, about 5 to 10 minutes, add vinegar and cook 1 to 2 more minutes.  Remove onion from pan and set aside.  

3. Increase heat to medium and add bacon to pan and fry until crisp.  Transfer bacon to paper towel lined plate to drain.  

4. Spread onion, bacon, and chedder cheese over pastry in pie plate.  

5. Combine eggs, half and half, salt and pepper in small bowl and mix well.  Pour mixture gently into pie plate.  

6. Transfer pie plate to oven and cook for 45 minutes or until golden brown and set.  Remove from oven and let rest for 10 to 20 minute before cutting.  

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Comments
This recipe is from Food Equals Happy Me.  I enjoy trying out new combinations of quiche and this one did not disappoint. We all enjoyed it!  


Awesome Broccoli Beef

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds flank steak, sirloin, or London broil cut into thin strips
1 1/2 pounds broccoli, cut into florets
7 tablespoons peanut oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
1/4 cup chicken broth

For the marinade
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons mirin, dry sherry, or rice vinegar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons Sriracha

For the sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons mirin, dry sherry, or rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons Sriracha

Instructions
1. Mix together marinade ingredients in medium bowl.  Add beef slices and stir until coated.  Let meat marinate while you prepare the rest of the recipe, or at least 10 minutes.  

2. Mix together sauce ingredients in small bowl.  

3. Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat until a drop of water sizzles immediately upon contact.  Add 2 tablespoons cooking oil to pan.  Add one third of beef to pan and spread beef out over the surface of the pan in a single layer.  Cook beef without stirring for 1 minute.  Flip and cook until browned then remove to plate.  Repeat with remaining beef.  

4. Reduce heat to medium-high and heat 1 tablespoon oil until shimmering.  Add garlic and ginger and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add broccoli and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.  Pour in 1/4 cup chicken broth.  Cover and cook for 2 minutes or until broccoli is tender crisp, stirring once.  

5. Return beef to pan and stir.  Push contents to side of pan and pour sauce into center of pan.  Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened.  Stir beef and broccoli with sauce until coated.  

6. Serve with rice and extra Sriracha if desired.  

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Comments
This recipe is from Best Recipes Evar.  While it calls for a lot of ingredients, they’re ones that you’ll probably have on hand if you do any amount of Asian cooking and if you prepare things ahead of time, you’ll be good to go.  This was a tasty recipe and came together very easily.  


Cheese Fries

Ingredients
For the sauce
1 (16 ounces) bottle ranch dressing (I prefer Maries.)
2 teaspoons paprika 
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
1 teaspoon dried thyme 
1 teaspoon dried oregano 
1 teaspoon white pepper 
1 teaspoon black pepper 
1 tablespoon kosher salt 
1 tablespoon garlic powder 
1 tablespoon onion powder

Oil, for frying (I prefer peanut.)
2 pounds frozen French fries
1 cup cheese, shredded (Any sort of cheese blend works well, I like Mexican cheese blend.)
6 pieces bacon, chopped and cooked until crisp

Instructions
1. To make sauce, combine all ingredients and refrigerate to let flavors meld.  Preferably overnight.  

2. Heat oven to 350*F.  

3. Heat 3-4 inches of oil to 350*F in large Dutch oven for frying.  (A single fry should rise and bubble immediately when the oil is hot enough.)  Working in batches, fry fries until crisp and golden brown.  Remove fries to paper towel lined plate and repeat process until all fries are cooked.  

4. Spread fries on baking sheet and season with salt.  Top with bacon and cheese then bake until cheese is melted and bubbly.  

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Comments
This recipe is from Outback Steakhouse at Home and it’s a copycat recipe of their famous cheese fries.  Just typing this out makes me want to call in an order for curbside takeaway RIGHT NOW.  Those things are amazing, addicting, and awful in every way.  I love them.  This dish was very tasty and vanished within minutes.  The sauce was a lovely compliment to the cheese and bacon fries, and very well spiced.  


Asparagus with Lemon, Pine Nuts, and Parmesan

Ingredients
2 tablespoons pine nuts
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 ounce Parmesan, grated or shredded

Instructions
1. Heat oven to 350*F.  Spread pine nuts on baking sheet and toast, tossing once, until golden, about 4 to 5 minutes.  

2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.  Add asparagus and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 to 6 minutes.  Add pine nuts and toss to combine.  Remove from heat and sprinkle with lemon zest and parmesan.  

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Comments
This recipe is from What Megan’s Making and it was yummy.  It’s a nice, simple way to prepare asparagus but it packs a great flavor punch. 


Asian Sloppy Joes

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium red onions, diced
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 tablespoons ginger, minced
1 cup celery, diced
1 tablespoon hot sauce of your choice (I use Sriracha.)
1 1/4 cups hoisin sauce
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
Juice of 2 limes
8 ounces tomatoes, chopped (canned is fine)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Hamburger buns, toasted
Lettuce or cabbage, shredded

Instructions
1. Heat Dutch oven, or other large pot, over high heat.  Add oil.  Once oil is hot, add onions, garlic, ginger, celery, and hot sauce.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft, about 2 minutes.  Add hoisin sauce and cook 1 minute.  Add beef and pork and continue cooking, breaking up the meat with your spoon, until just cooked through, about 6 minutes.  Add lime juice, tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until mixture has thickened, about 20 to 25 minutes.  

2. Serve sloppy joes with shredded lettuce or cabbage on toasted rolls.  

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Comments
This recipe is from Project Foodie and originally from Simply Ming One-Pot Meals by Ming Tsai.  I actually own this cookbook, but I’m not a huge fan of Ming Tsai’s recipes so it’s not something I turn to.  This recipe, however, was very tasty.  It made a ton of food and I ended up freezing half of it – it’s still tasty, even after freezing.  



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