Archive | August, 2011

White Bean Hash

29 Aug

I woke up this morning and had a cup of tea as I read my google reader.  And I saw this on my screen

excuse my bookmarks >.<

A post from How Sweet It Is featuring 5 delicious looking breakfast recipes! They all looked so appetizing, but the one that had me salivating at the mouth was the White Bean Hash (second pic on the above screenshot). I had to have it! And have it I did!

Ingredients- 4 slices of bacon or 1/2 cup chopped pancetta, 2 leeks, trimmed, sliced and cleaned, 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed, 2-3 eggs (or however many you want)

1.Heat a cast iron skillet on medium heat. Add the bacon or pancetta and cook until browned.

I hate cooking bacon on a stovetop so I baked 7 (yes, I added 2 to my recipe and 1 to eat while I cooked. I love bacon!) strips in the oven on 350 for about 15 minutes.

leeks and bacon before it was sent to the oven.

 

2.Remove the bacon, leaving the grease in the pan and drain on a paper towel. Add the sliced, cleaned leeks (make sure they are dry) to the bacon grease and saute until caramelized, about 6-8 minutes. 

I poured the bacon grease from the baking pan into my skillet. I’ve never cooked anything in “meat grease” before! I yoinked a piece of leek and it was so good. You can definitely taste the seasoning from the bacon.

 

3.Add beans and bacon back into the skillet. Stir for about a minute. At this point you can either fry some eggs in a separate skillet, or push the hash to the sides and fry the eggs in the middle. Make sure the beans, leeks and bacon are thoroughly mixed.

mmmm

 

 

4. Serve with eggs. Tada!

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It was so good. SO good I can hardly believe I made it. The recipe is for 2-3 people. I had a helping, my sister had a helping and there’s still enough for 2 more plates. Guess I’ll be having it for dinner too :) Thanks for the recipe, How Sweet It Is!

I made a quiche!

26 Aug

I found a recipe online since no one had one to give me. It can be found here and is from about.com.

Easy Ham and Fresh Tomato Quiche

Ingredients-1 9-inch pie crust, unbaked, 6 large eggs, 1 cup half-and-half, 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, dash nutmeg, 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar or Swiss cheese, 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1/4 cup chopped ham

1. Pierce unbaked pie crust several times with fork; set aside. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, and seasonings.

2.Sprinkle cheese, vegetables, and ham over unfilled pie crust.
3.Pour in egg mixture. Bake at 400° for 45 to 60 minutes, or until nicely browned.
It was a pretty simple recipe. I thought I put too much thyme in it, but I could barely taste it. I give this recipe 3 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t the worst.  It was just meh. Next time I make a quiche I will try using some fancier cheese and another veggie perhaps. Anyone have any amazing quiche recipes? Maybe I’ll just make up my own recipe!

Fried Green Tomatoes

7 Aug

A church down the street from my house had their annual tomato sale last week. Local farmers got together and sold tons of red tomatoes and my favorite, green tomatoes. I bought 3 lbs for a whopping $2.75!!! So inexpensive and so worth it. Half of them are currently ripening on my windowsill and the other half were used to make fried green tomatoes! I got the recipe from a southern food magazine. My mom makes hers with breadcrumbs and milk, but I wanted to try this simple milk-less recipe.

 

Classic Fried Green Tomatoes

Ingredients– 4-6 green tomatoes, salt and pepper, cornmeal, vegetable oil

 

1.Slice the tomatoes into 1/4 – 1/2-inch slices.

2. Salt and pepper them to taste. (I also used Seasoned Salt)

3.Dip and completely cover in cornmeal.

4. Fry in hot grease or oil about 3 minutes or until golden on bottom. Gently turn and fry the other side.

 

5. TADA!

 

 

SO tasty! Eat them with your favorite dressing. I eat mine with ranch dressing others prefer theirs  with zesty sauce or marinara. To each his own ^_^