Asparagus Feta Quiche

I have random cravings all the time. No reason why, I just do. This past week, it’s been Quiche. I’m not an egg person by nature. I don’t like scrambled eggs, I don’t like omelettes. Poached eggs-yes! Love me some eggs benny! Quiche, however, it’s just a yummy vessel for fresh ingredients all baked in a delicious crust. I’m not an egg person. I’m a crust person!!! Pie crust or bust!

I didn’t bother to make by own pie crust this time around, although I could have. I had pre made pie dough in the fridge and honestly that stuff is just as good in my opinion.

In under an hour I made this Quiche, baked it, cooled it and ate it.

It’s that simple…. here’s how I made it

Asparagus Feta Quiche|

  • Pre made pie dough
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup crumbled herb Feta cheese
  • Fresh asparagus
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

Preheat your oven to 375

Roll out your pie crust and press lightly into your pie dish. Do not grease your pie dish. There’s enough butter in the crust itself and it will not stick.

Typically when I pre bake a pie crust I poke holes in the crust to prevent it from rising.

DON’T!!!

The eggs will run into the holes making your crust mush and the filling…. well. Your Quiche will look confused.

Instead, use baking beans to help the crust keep its shape.

Bake for 10 minutes before removing it from the oven to add your filling.

In a medium size bowl whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper together.

When the crust is partially baked, add the whisked eggs and milk. Sprinkle the Feta around evenly. Top with asparagus in any pattern you’d like, I chose to place the spears around in a wheel pattern so every slice would have nice big pieces of asparagus. And it looks pretty.

Top the Quiche with a handful of freshly grated parmesan cheese and bake for 30 more minutes.

Once the Quiche is out of the oven, let it rest for about 20 minutes before slicing.

Then slice it up and enjoy!!! Mmm mmm mmm!

I think I liked it… 😉

Impress the fam- Pork Wellington

This dish came about partially by accident. Partially because I had been eyeing Beef Wellington on Pinterest since I was planning my holiday menus months ago. Mostly however, because my 10 year old saw puff pastry in our fridge and said “aw mom I don’t feel like eating chicken pot pie!!”

She was right. That is why puff pastry was in the fridge. Chicken pot pie was my original plan for dinner that night. She is not a fan of peas and even though, because of this, I omit the peas in my pot pie recipes she still gripes once in a while about the thought of them maybe, possibly, perhaps being in her dinner. She’s also one of those kids who doesn’t like her food touching. The meat has to be separate from her greens. The starch can’t be touching anything on the plate. She is a good eater but she has her quirks too.

Any how, no pot pie- no pot pie. What to make?

I had a pork tenderloin that I needed to use soon. I had mushrooms. The puff pastry. Pork Wellington! “Let’s wing it” I thought–and the outcome was absolutely scrumptious. My husband James even said “Sarah this tastes amazing!”

And that’s really all I needed to hear. I will be making this again. And again. And well probably forever cause it’s a winner!

Here’s how to make it!

Pork Wellington

  • 2-3lb pork tenderloin- plain or pre seasoned depending on your preference.
  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 c of Bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2-3 sprigs of thyme
  • 4-5 slices of good provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1 egg
  • Parsley to garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 375

If your tenderloin is pre seasoned or marinated skip over salting it. Other wise season the pork generously with salt and pepper.

Heat a cast iron skillet on high. Add your olive oil and butter to the skillet and sear the tenderloin on ALL sides.

Once seared, set it aside to rest.

Sauté your shallot and mushrooms until browned and cooked completely, add more olive oil if needed. Season with salt and pepper. Next, add in your garlic and thyme. Cook for 1-2 minutes longer.

On a parchment lined baking sheet, lay out the puff pastry. Spoon the mushroom mixture in the middle of the pastry, leaving room at the edges. Top with parmesan and then provolone.

Then place the seared tenderloin on top of that and carefully wrap the puff pastry around it. Pinching the seams.

Turn the Wellington seam side down. Cut 3-4 slits in the top of the pastry to allow steam to escape.

Whisk your egg and brush over the top of the pastry. Garnish with chopped parsley and more Parmesan if desired and bake 30-35 minutes. Check at 25 min to be sure pastry isn’t getting too brown.

Let the Pork Wellington rest covered with foil for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Meaty, cheesy, savory, doughy goodness!!!

I am pretty sure this recipe comes with a satisfaction guarantee!

Do yourself a favor and try it. You will thank yourself for it!

Easy Taco Lasagna! 

This is going to be a “quick” post. But a good post-because this Taco Lasagna is Delicious!!!! 

It’s quick, easy and serves 8! Perfect for a crowd or a busy weeknight! It’s a great make ahead meal and trust me…taco Lasagna is pretty tasty for leftovers the next morning too! 

Taco Lasagna|

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Cook time: 30 minutes 

  • 1lb of ground beef 
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 1 can of traditional refried beans
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning 
  • 1 can, cream of mushroom soup
  • 8 oz of sour cream
  • 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6, 8-10 inch flour tortillas
  • A pinch of salt and pepper
  • Fresh chopped cilantro for garnish

Start by chopping your onion. Add it to your ground beef (I used the rest of our ground venison we had from my husbands deer the year before).

Cook the ground beef and onion till it’s cooked thru completely, seasoning with a little salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, while the beef is cooking, mix together the sour cream and cream of mushroom soup. 

Spread half of the sour cream mixture onto the bottom of an ungreased, 13×9 baking dish. 

Once the ground beef and onion is browned, strain off the grease and stir in the taco seasoning and the refried beans. 

Layer two tortillas, overlapping, on top of the sour cream mixture. Then add a layer of the beef and bean mixture.

Then add a cup of the shredded cheese. Then repeat. Sour cream, tortillas, meat, cheese, tortillas, cheese, cilantro. 

At this point you can bake it, uncovered at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or cover it and save it until you’re ready to bake it and eat! 

We paired this with a simple spinach salad. 

This Lasgna is so creamy you really don’t need any added toppings. Guacamole being the exception to the rule. Any rule really. Guacamole should be eaten everyday. Seriously. If I had my way I’d eat guac with every meal. 

Guac or not, this is a definite must try!

Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf with Mozzerella, Ranch Dipping Sauce

  
Well! my girls are back to laying in full force! 

This photo is just this weeks supply so far!!! 

I get so excited when winter slows down and I notice an egg or two pop up (or should I say, out) each morning. The lull always seems to take too long. 

Hens–especially fully matured hens don’t like to lay eggs during the cold winter months!

It was 72 and sunny yesterday! Crazy warm for a March afternoon in New Hampshire. 

My chickens were so happy about the temps and sang the day away. I like to call it the “the egg making song”.  

 Low and behold, I awoke this morning to a whole coop full of fresh eggs!

I was grateful and of course spoiled them with a delightful lunch of blueberries, lettuce and sweet potato.  

 Being a chicken mother is very important work you know? (I’m such a dork)

Anyway… With all the eggs in our basket, I’ve been trying to incorporate them in as many dishes and treats as I can. 

As much as I like breakfast for dinner, breads and cookies… I got a little sick of the same ol’ routine this week. 

I saw a recipe for meatloaf a few days prior and thought… Meatloaf!! That needs eggs! I’ll make meatloaf. 

Then I thought….more ketchup? Ugh!

More beef and bread? Ugh!

And so I went with something that applies to my fussy palette… Buffalo Chicken!!! 

Mmm one of my favorites!

This meatloaf absolutely has that yummy buffalo sauce flavor but isn’t too spicy. My kids will eat it and love it! I’m sure yours will too. That is… If you have kids?

Anyway! Here we go:

Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf with Mozzerella, Ranch Dipping Sauce|

1 hour + 30 minutes, serves 4-6

  • 1-1.5 lbs of ground chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c Panko bread crumbs 
  • 3/4 c herbed stuffing mix (I use PF)
  • 3/4 c white cheddar cheese
  • 1 packet of ranch dressing mix, divided–3tbsp and 1tbsp
  • 2tsp Olive oil
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped fine
  • 1/2 a sweet onion, chopped fine
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced or grated
  • 4 tbsp buffalo hot sauce, divided–3tbsp and 1tbsp
  • 3 tbsp ketchup 
  • 2/3 c sour cream
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated mozzerella (or bagged if that’s what you have)
  • Salt and pepper

First, let me say that my kids don’t love the idea of blue cheese. The traditional buffalo dipping sauce doesn’t always bode well here.

Hence, the mozzerella ranch. I only add the cheese for texture similar to a blue cheese dressing, however it really just tastes like ranch with an extra kick! 

Mix 3tbsp of the ranch seasoning, with the sour cream and mozzerella. Chill and use when ready.  

 Next- cook your celery and onions over medium heat, in a good glug of olive oil. 

Season with salt and pepper.

Grate in your garlic once the onions are starting to become translucent.  

 Once the garlic is in, only cook for about 30 more seconds. 

In a large bowl… Add your ground chicken, bread crumbs and stuffing, 1tbsp of ranch seasoning, 2 eggs, the cooked veggies, 3tbsp of hot sauce, cheese, salt and pepper. 

 Mix completely and shape into a free form loaf. 

Turn the loaf onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non stick cooking spray.  

 
Next, mix your ketchup and the 1 remaining tbsp of hot sauce.

Spread it all over the top of your meatloaf.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 minutes and allow to cool for 5 more minutes when done, before cutting. 

  This meatloaf is so flavorful and has a kick that will satisfy grown up tastebuds and kids alike! 
Here on the homestead, we raise broiler chickens and laying hens. We grow our veggies and bake breads…. This is a perfect example of the many many yard to table meals I prepare for my family! 

Minus the hot sauce!! (I don’t know Franks secret)

Please give this a try! I just know your family will love it!!