Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Quiche

Every Christmas, my mom makes this delicious quiche for lunch.  It's a tradition in our family that we've done all my life, and I don't think we're ever gonna change it.  This is my favorite quiche ever.  I did not create it, though. The recipe is a Jimmy Dean recipe from a magazine that my mom found a long time ago, called "Country Breakfast Pie."  I'm looking at the paper right now, and it's so torn and brown colored because of how old it is.  This tastes so good warm from the oven, but also very good cold (or heated) the next day.  It's so easy to make, too.  The reason I call it a "Christmas Quiche" is because the green and red peppers make it so pretty and festive looking.  It's seriously a fool-proof, perfect, recipe.  It's pretty, easy, and amazingly tasty.  Actually, there is one thing that you may have to do: cover the crust edges with aluminum foil to prevent them from burning.  We've had a couple over-cooked crusts in the past, but the aluminum makes it cook perfectly. I don't usually even like pie crust, but it tastes so buttery, crunchy, and melt-in-your-mouth perfect in this recipe.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

1 pkg. Jimmy Dean Sausage, any flavor (we usually use original, mild)
9" pie shell, pre-made or "from scratch" (we've always used pre-made)
1.5 cups grated swiss cheese
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup red bell pepper
2 tbsp. chopped onion
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup light cream

Cook sausage until done.  Crumble, then drain.  Prepare 9" pre-made or "from scratch" pie shell.  Lightly beat eggs in bowl.  Combine remaining ingredients and add to egg mixture.  Pour in shell.  Bake at 375 degrees F for 40-45 minutes.  Cool on rack 10 minutes.

What are your Christmas meal traditions??

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