11 hours ago
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
For all of you food purists, turn the other way. I know you expect much more from me.
I am supposed to bake my own bread, make my own mozzarella cheese by hand, make homemade rootbeer (yes, people do this), make homemade ice cream and make everything else from scratch.
Well, sometimes it's ok to use a shortcut, like a boxed cake mix (I've only done that once) or a can of soup to help a recipe along.
I have been making this easy, MOST DELICIOUS broccoli pie/tart/quiche thing for 20 years.
I have a secret ingredient that I will share with you.
It is a packet of LIPTON vegetable soup mix. Yes, I said it. Dehydrated, shriveled up peas, leeks and red peppers. It does not have MSG and that is why I use it over other brands of packaged soup mixes.
This recipe is not really a quiche because there is no heavy cream and less liquid than usual quiche recipes. I will call it a pie.
So here is my easy broccoli pie that everyone, even broccoli haters, love. I am always asked for the recipe and it never fails. You can substitute spinach for the broccoli and use any cheese you like.
I make my own pastry (see, I am like Martha Stewart!) crust, from a number of different sources, but using frozen or ready made pie crust would really make this recipe the perfect weeknight dinner!
Stacey Snacks Broccoli Pie: these ingredients and measurements can be changed a bit and the recipe will still be good!
2 cups of cooked broccoli florets (I steam fresh broccoli in the microwave)
1 cup of whole milk
2 cups of cheddar, Jarlsberg, or Swiss cheese, (cubed or shredded)
1 package of Lipton vegetable soup mix
1 pastry crust, rolled out and fitted into a removable bottom tart pan
Whisk eggs and milk together, add cooked broccoli, cheese and soup mix. Mix together and fill the tart pan fitted with the unbaked pastry. You don't have to prebake the pastry either!
Bake on a cookie sheet for 40 minutes at 350F degrees until top is golden. Let rest a few minutes before serving.
I serve this with a nice salad and it's a great lunch or dinner.
To remove your tart ring from the metal base easily, put a tomato can underneath the tart to support it, and lift the tart mold off. This is the best way without disturbing the crust.