Monday, March 3, 2014

Bacon - Caramelized Onion - Roasted Tomato Quiche

 My mouth was filled with pistachios when the phone rang.
Nancy, an editor friend, was calling from New York to see how the sick humans and canines were doing.
They have good days and bad days. 
"Have you been cooking?" Nancy asked, because she knows that food is my emotional barometer. 
On bad days, I can't cook or think. I can barely breathe. On good days, you'll find me in the kitchen.
Nancy is an excellent cook and a foodie; she edits several cookbook authors. So we talked about pistachios. From there, we veered into comfort food.
Yesterday was a happy day. It began with roasted cherry tomatoes and ended with a comforting quiche.
Bacon-Caramelized Onion-Roasted Tomato Quiche
                                                          Serves: 4 - 6
10 strips applewood smoked bacon
1 dozen roasted cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped white onion
1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
3 chopped green onions
salt and pepper
Tabasco (few drops, if desired)
pinch sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 ready-made, refrigerated pie crust
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup 2% milk
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
Step 1
Place tomatoes in a baking pan and drizzle with olive oil. Salt and pepper. Roast the tomatoes in a 250 degree F oven for 2 hours or until the tomatoes have caramelized around the edges.
Remove tomatoes from pan and drain on a thick stack of paper towels. Set aside.
Step 2
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Fry and crumble bacon.  Keep 2 Tablespoons of drippings in the pan; save extra for another recipe. Over a medium flame, sautee the chopped onions (white and green)
and pinch of sugar. Cook until onions are caramelized.
While the onions cool, roll out pie dough and place into a deep dish pie pan. Using a fork,  prick bottom of dough.
Step 3
Make the filling.
Into a bowl, mix cream, milk, yogurt, eggs, salt, pepper, and Tabasco.  Whisk.
Place mild cheddar and Swiss in the bottom of the pan. Over the cheese mixture, spread the caramelized onions. Sprinkle crumbled bacon over the onions. Place drained, roasted tomatoes atop the bacon. Pour filling over the tomato/bacon/cheese mixture.
Bake 40 minutes. If the edges of the crust brown too quickly, cover with aluminum foil.
Today, it's snowing, just a few flurries, and I'm making pistachio fudge.

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  1. This looks fabulous, Michael. I just that second logged on because I had a bit of battery. It will be gone in a second, but when I saw this, I had to stop and comment. Wish I had a big piece of that deliciousness right now!

    I do so hope that ailing dogs and humans are doing much better today and even better in the days to come. Sending warm hugs across the miles to you.



  2. Zap just got his sub-q fluids, and he's frisky! Warm hugs right back at you!

  3. That sounds amazingly awesome! Headed to the store to pick up the items to make this right now! Sounds perfect for a late winter supper. Hope that you are all feeling better!

    1. Melanie, I used yogurt and 2% milk to make the quiche lighter; if you want a richer taste, use 1/2 c. heavy cream and 1/2 c. whole milk.

  4. Looks and sounds so good!!
    Glad to hear Zap is doing well and hope his human friends are also.
    We got the ice, sleet,snow and bitter cold last night and today. Bring on Spring!

    1. Glenda, I saw West TN on the news today and thought about you. I'm ready for spring, too.

  5. This looks and sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it.

    I so hope Zap is much better quickly and that the humans are too.


  6. My husband was walking by as I was reading this post on my laptop, it stopped him in his tracks and he is now dying to try it! He loves bacon so this is right up his alley! Hope everyone is feeling better soon... xoxo

  7. Oh your quiche looks wonderful! I'm glad Zap is holding his own and the humans are doing well too. Hope you have plenty of propane in your tank! We're in the teens this am after a teaser weekend in the 70s :)

  8. You just can't beat roasted tomatoes...or bacon...or cheese...and put it in a pie and you will go straight to cloud nine! So glad you had a good day, and ate well~

  9. fabulous pics again, but you and zap steal the show. so glad you are doing well, lets settle on the glass is half full, i rather think more good than bad times are coming your way~

  10. So glad Zap is feeling better and I love your pretty quiche.