Monday, June 6, 2011

A food network challenge...

One of my very favorite shows on television is, 'The Next Food Network Star.' I was highly motivated to get my children in bed, so I could sink into culinary bliss and watch the magic unfold. I am never disappointed with the knowledge, expertise and pure genius these contestants bring forth. To make an elegant dish comprised of sardines, chocolate and strawberries leaves me dumb founded. Wow, I think, what a brilliant combination!
Last night, as the Season 7 opened, I was once again blown away. First challenge, a sophisticated breakfast that reveals something about yourself. Revelation on a plate, hmmm? Some contestants were cooking shrimp, some chicken and of course many eggs. I started thinking what I would prepare and what it says about me. My quiche came to mind, the one I just made a few days ago. Maybe that is why it popped into my head so quickly. This quiche is simple, elegant and could impress a food network judge. Besides, a quiche can easily play the part of sophisticated breakfast, or lunch, or dinner. For the record, I would be saying a prayer that Bobby Flay pronounced my quiche the best ever.
Simply, beat 6 eggs in a bowl and add 1/2 cup of 1% milk, mix:

Pour into a frozen pie shell( If serving to Bobby Flay make homemade. If serving to a family on a hectic weekday evening, organic whole wheat is fantastic.)

Next, tear spinach into small pieces, slice tomato, slice jalapenos and place around in the egg mixture. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and sharp cheddar over quiche.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Time may vary slightly depending on your oven.

Note: I used 1% milk in my quiche, traditionally it is made with whole milk or half&half. If serving to a crowd you may substitute, but for a healthier version, prepare as directed above.