CHEESE

EASY QUICHE LORRAINE

 

From France come the quiche we love. There are infinite variations of the filling, with vegetables, cheese and more.

This that I make today, is very easy to prepare, does not need precooking the base and isn’ t made with butter. The flavor is rich with cheese, spicy from bacon and creamy tomato adds flavor and moisture at the end.

When you make it for the first time definitely will remake it soon. Perfect to accompany a meal, ideal for buffets and parties.

 


 

SERVES:
8 – 10

PREPARATION TIME:
35 MINUTES

COOKING TIME:
50 - 60 MINUTES

WAITING TIME:
20 - 30 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME:
1 HOUR & 30 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

For the base (35 cm.):

  • 90 ml olive oil
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 90 ml milk, at room temperature
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 300 g. about flour, all-purpose

For the filling:

  • 140 g. emmental cheese, grated
  • 140 g. cheddar cheese, grated
  • 140 g. gouda cheese, grated
  • 3 slices bacon, cut into cubes
  • 5 slices ham, cut into cubes
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 ml cream
  • 4 tomato slices, finely chopped

 

DIRΕCTIONS

  1. In a bowl mix the flour with the baking powder.
  2. In another large bowl hurl all liquid ingredients, egg, olive oil, milk, salt and mix. Gradually add the flour, until dough that is molded (may need a little less or more quantity, it depends on the flour).
  3. I open the dough on a floured surface and convey a round baking dish or tart pan with removable bottom if you want to get out afterwards.
  4. Press with fingers the dough to stick well to the tart pan with a knife or pastry wheel cut around as much excess outside the walls. Cover with membrane and put in the fridge for 20-30 minutes, until you prepare the filling.
  5. To fix the filling into a large bowl put all the grated cheese, chopped bacon and ham mixing them.
  6. In a bowl, mix well the eggs with the cream.
  7. I cut a tomato into thin slices.
  8. I take off the base of the refrigerator, remove the membrane and with fork hole. I drop cheeses - bacon, embellish the tomato slices on top and finally the whole splash all over the egg mixture - cream.
  9. Bake in preheated oven at 180 * C in resistors for 50-60 minutes, putting the quiche Lorraine in the lower rack.
  10. I take leave to cool slightly and cut into pieces. Served both warm and cold.

ENJOY!


SWEET AND SOUR RICOTTA FILO PARCEL (BOUGATSA)

 

Every place in Greece has its own bougatsa and all are wonderful because their basic elements remain the same. The crisp buttery crust join them with sugar and cinnamon aside to surge rich filling can consist of either cream or cheese that makes it more special.

 

 

Here in Heraklion shops which sell them at the most prominent city in the central square of Lions. They stores that carry many years of history and famous chefs from around the world have visited. A tradition wants to try this sweet when it enters the new year, the morning after clubbing all gather at the center to procure and filled with stalls that sell them, because the demand is great. Even the national celebrations after the parade go all the known shops to enjoy them.

Very easy to prepare worth a try. I fill it with xinomyzithra cheese mixed with béchamel in a crunchy leaf folder from above fills the granulated sugar and cinnamon adding aroma and flavor.

 


 

SERVES:
4

PREPARATION TIME:
20 MINUTES

COOKING TIME:
30 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME:
50 MINUTES

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 pastry sheets of baklava
  • 80-100 g. butter, melted
  • 200g. sour xinomizithra cheese
  • sugar, for sprinkling (optional)
  • cinnamon for sprinkling (optional)

For the béchamel:

  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 27g. flour
  • 250 ml milk, lukewarm

 

DIRΕCTIONS

  1. To fix the sauce I put in a saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Once warm throw the flour and whisk to stir constantly to dissolve and become a thick cream. Leave for about 5 minutes, stirring continuously until cooked flour and darken its color.
  2. Then remove from heat, let cool slightly and add the warm milk, stirring with wire. Return to the heat until tight and make the béchamel creamy.
  3. Remove from heat and pour the xinomizithra cheese through integrating it with the béchamel.
  4. In smooth surface suffuse the first sheet baklava, butter it (with melted butter) with a brush well, I place over the second sheet, butter it again, the same with the third card. The fourth sheet butter half, fold it in half again butter half and replicate in the middle.
  5. I put in the middle, above the three sheets again butter the surface and there I spread the mixture of cheese.
  6. I stretch the right edge of the sheets to the filling, and so the left side butter their surface. Close the top and bottom of the sheets towards the filling, like envelope and I spread butter.
  7. The upset on a baking pan with butter spend the top and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius in resistors. Place in the lower grill pan and leave for 25-30 minutes to get a golden color sheet.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes. With a spatula to transfer onto cutting board and sharp knife to cut crosswise in half, creating four portions.
  9. I cut each portion into four horizontal and four vertical sections and pass the plate with a spatula. Finally sprinkle with granulated sugar and cinnamon. 

ENJOY!