Monday, August 5, 2013

Shoestring Potato Quiche


     The internet can be a cook's best friend.  The other day I picked up a family sized can of potato sticks on the damaged goods shelf for ninety nine cents.  Hmmmm, now what to do with this other than eating the whole can in front of the t.v. in one sitting.  Thanks to the mysterious powers of Google and The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board I found this recipe for Shoestring Potato Quiche
     Basically a crustless quiche, you can mix it in one bowl, pour it into your dutch oven and in 25 minutes have a very tasty, any time of the day, filling meal.  Of course, kids will love this one, as it bakes the potato sticks taste like you added hash browns and you don't have to worry about thawing them at your campsite.  My basic formula for a quiche, which has never failed me, is to add 1 cup of cream to six beaten eggs.  Next time I will definitely make this with 6 eggs instead of 4 and cook it a few minutes longer.  In my 10 inch dutch oven it baked for 20 minutes with 10 coals in a ring around the bottom, 15 in a ring around the edge of the lid and 6 briquettes spaced evenly in the center.  Crunchy, cheesy and simple to make, add some chopped, cooked bacon and you've got a camping quiche everyone will love.

Shoestring Potato Quiche
1 4 oz can (about 2 2/3 cups) shoestring potatoes, divided
4 eggs, slightly beaten (add 2 more eggs for a fluffier quiche)
1 cup milk OR half and half
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tblsp chopped green onion
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
Dash of cayenne pepper OR hot sauce

     Lightly oil or spray 10 inch dutch oven.
     Reserve 1/4 cup of shoestring potatoes for topping.
     In large bowl, combine beaten eggs and milk.
     Stir in all other ingredients except potatoes.
     Fold in potatoes and pour into prepared dutch oven.
     Sprinkle with reserved 1/4 cup potatoes on top.
     Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean.
     Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
     Makes 6 servings.

Pour egg mixture into prepared 10 inch dutch oven and top
with 1/4 cup of potato sticks

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes

The potato sticks taste like hash browns once they've baked

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