Monday, January 11, 2010
January with Julia, part 1
This year, to suit myself, I decided to play a One-Chef-Per-Month game. January's chef is Julia Child. Choosing recipes is challenging because of all the wonderful and varied dishes that Julia created.
I selected Quiche Lorraine as my first recipe, partly because I love quiche and partly because I remember a most delicious slice of Quiche Lorraine that I ate during a visit to the Alsace-Lorraine region in France. It is a simple dish, but very tasty.
Start with a partially baked pie crust.
Even though the classic recipe uses bacon, Julia also offers an alternative of sauteed ham.
Place the sauteed ham/bacon into the pie shell.
Pour on a mixture of eggs and cream or half & half, and dot with butter.
Bake until the filling is puffed and golden. Although the recipe calls for 30 minutes, my quiche took closer to 55 minutes.
The filling was soft and delicate, a lovely appetizer, or light meal when served with a vegetable and a salad.
The recipe will be forthcoming when I have some extra time to copy it out. Or, alternatively, go to page 147 in Mastering the Art of French Cooking.