Saturday, January 2, 2016

Peppermint Punch

Great for Christmas Parties and very easy. Be prepared to share the recipe!
 1 Half gallon Peppermint Ice Cream
1 cup whole milk
2 liters of chilled Ginger Ale

Makes 1large punch bowl - plan on 2 - 3 servings per person

 In a large punch bowl...first put in the ice cream, then add milk, then slowly add chilled Ginger Ale, stirring to melt ice cream melt into the mixture. It will foam up like an ice cream float it subsides, add more ginger ale.

 If it all does fit in your punch bowl, no worry, just add more ginger ale as you serve it.

 If desired, hang candy canes around your punch bowl.

ASSEMBLE 20 minutes before party.

Crustless Spinach, Bacon, Onion, Feta and Cheddar Quiche

Here you go..... I've been making this for years and I don't measure anything so I'll give you my guesstimates. You can't mess this up's a great basic recipe to make your own creation. 

 Deep quiche dish, mine is pottery so I grease it with bacon grease. Mom's is glazed, I don't grease that one. (Or use a cast iron skillet or deep pie plate) I made this for low carb high fat diet...

 8 strips of your favorite bacon cooked, not crispy (crumbled)
 I large onion, sliced into thin rings
 1 TBSP sugar (skip if you don't want to Caramelize onions or are diabetic)
 1 package frozen spinach, thawed and very well squeezed and drained 
 1 hefty tsp chopped garlic ( I use stuff in the jar) 
 1 hefty tsp dried Italian herbs 
 1 pint heavy cream 
 3 oz feta cheese with tomato and basil (half of the 6 oz pkg)
 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded 
 3 large eggs well beaten (if I have an extra yolk or two around I will also add those) 

 Here we go: 
 Fry bacon in large skillet.... I do it in batches and leave grease in, just keep adding bacon, it cooks softer that way. Remove bacon to a plate covered with paper towels to drain and cool until you can crumble it. 

 To the skillet of bacon grease....add the large onion, sliced into rings....cook until they are limp and Caramelizing. I add the sugar and stir them constantly until well caramelized. DRAIN THESE WELL ON A LOT OF PAPER TOWELS.

 In a large bowl, beat 3 eggs well, add garlic and Italian herbs, heavy cream and add the well drained spinach and feta cheese. Set mixture aside. 

 Assemble quiche- 

 Bacon goes down first 
Top with cooked onions
Top with 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
Slowly pour egg mixture over the top and spread evenly. 

 Bake at 350 degrees for 35- 50 minutes or until butter knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.

 Remove from oven and let set 10-15 minutes before serving. 

 It's good cold.

 Low sodium version - use chicken instead of bacon and use Swiss cheese instead of cheddar 

 Other combos you might like (don't expect them to top bacon) 
       Sausage , broccoli cheddar 
       Sausage zucchini, cheddar 
       Add mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, left over potatoes...etc 

There's no real can't mess this up.
 I personally love the feta cheese combined with cheddar.