Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Memories from my aunts kitchen III - American Pie(s)




















Quiche or pies are easy to make and delicious with a crispy salad and a good glass of red wine. My aunts clippings has five different varieties from the indulgent and rich to the more healthy. Here are three of those American pies to choose from, choose the one that fits your occasion.


Broccoli pie (Serves 6)

One or two sheets of pastry (suitable for a 25 cm / 9 inch baking dish)
300 grams / 10 oz of broccoli, parboiled
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp of butter
1 cup single cream or milk
3 eggs
Salt, pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
160 grams / 6 oz cheddar cheese, grated
1 tsp flour
dried herbs

Roll pastry until it fits the baking tray. Fill the pastry and place baking paper on top of pastry, the fill up with dried peas or beans to prevent shrinking. Bake pastry in a 215 C/ 425F oven for 5-8 minutes. Allow to cool.

Cook onion in margerin until tender.

Mix eggs, cream / milk, and seasoning in bowl. Toss cheese and flour and add to the egg and milk mixture. Place broccoli and onion on the pastry shell. Pour over the milk, egg and cheese mixture. Bake in a 175C / 350F oven for 30 minutes or until set. Allow to rest before serving.

Swiss salmon pie (Serves 6)

One or two sheets of pastry (suitable for a 25 cm / 9 inch baking dish)
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp of butter
200 grams / 8 oz Emmentaler or swiss cheese, grated
200 grams / 7 oz salmon filet, poached and flaked
1 tbsp lemon juice
25 cl / 8 oz sour cream
3 eggs
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup green peepers, chopped
Bread crumbs

Roll pastry until it fits the baking tray. Fill the pastry and place baking paper on top of pastry, the fill up with dried peas or beans to prevent shrinking. Bake pastry in a 215 C/ 425F oven for 5-8 minutes. Allow to cool.

Cook onion in margerin until tender.

Arrange cheese in bottom of the pastry shell. Toss salmon with lemon juice and arrange over cheese.

Beat together eggs, sour cream, onion, flour and salt in a bowl. Pour the mixture over salmon. Top with green peppers and bread crumbs. Bake in a 175C / 350 F for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to rest before serving.

Cheeseburger quiche (serves 6)

One or two sheets of pastry (suitable for a 25 cm / 9 inch baking dish)
120 grams / 4 oz Cheddar cheese, grated
220 grams / 1/2 lb ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
salt
3 eggs
1/2 cup single cream or milk
1/4 cup of ketchup

Roll pastry until it fits the baking tray. Fill the pastry and place baking paper on top of pastry, the fill up with dried peas or beans to prevent shrinking. Bake pastry in a 215 C/ 425F oven for 5-8 minutes. Allow to cool.

Brown beef, pour off excess fat. Stir in onion and salt. Cook until beef is tender.

Mix egg, cream and ketchup and beat until smooth. Stir in beef mixture and cheese. Pour into prepared shell.

Bake in a 175C / 350 F for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to rest before serving.

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