Friday, March 15, 2013
I made a quiche today. Turned out not to be budget, but then I wasn't really aiming for that. Here's what I used.
ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND SPINACH QUICHE
8 oz sour cream
1 lb sausage
8 oz mushrooms
4 oz spinach
8 oz mozzarella
1/2 small onion
Put the eggs and sour cream in the blender and keep them whirling away while you make the rest of the quiche.
Cook the sausage most of the way, then add the chopped onion and sliced mushrooms. My sausage was very lean and I had to add a tablespoon of lard. Meanwhile, nuke the frozen chopped spinach for about 3 minutes, then add to the sausage and other veggies.
While that's all cooking away, shred the cheese and add it to the eggs and sour cream. keep them whirling til the meat and veggies are done.
Put the meat and veggie mixture in an 8x8 or 9x9 cake pan or a 10" pie pan. Pour the egg mixture over it. Bake at 350 for about an hour.
Makes 4 big servings, or 6 servings if you have something with it, like a salad.
Total cost = $7.60, or $1.90 per serving for four servings
To make it cheaper, use only half a pound of sausage and leave out the mushrooms or use fewer of them. Add some extra spinach to make up for it. Or use more eggs and more spinach and leave the rest the same. Using 6 eggs, 8 oz of spinach, no mushrooms and a pound of sausage, the total cost would be $6.47, or $1.08 per serving for six servings, with very little difference in how it tastes or the size of the servings. Or $1.35 per serving if you leave in the mushrooms. Use a 9x13 cake pan if you make the bigger batch.