The holidays tend to be the most stressful time of the year. None of us want it to be that way, but it’s easy to make things more complicated than they are. Finding the perfect gift turns into a search for treasure that can only be helped by the arrival of Nicholas Cage. Having guests over opens your eyes to every speck of dust and dirt in the entire house, forcing you to carry a rag in your pocket at all times. And let’s not even talk about decorating the yard. The lights get higher, the fake snow gets thicker, and the giant candy canes could kill a man. And usually, when you spend weeks fighting crowds at the mall, making travel plans that satisfy both your parents and your in-laws, and trying to find a dress for your husband’s office party, food typically stays on the back burner until you can come up for air. Where’s the fun in that?
I’m confronted with that reality this holiday season in a way I have never been before. With the arrival of my son, the time I used to dedicate to holiday frills and fun is now focused on diapers and grabbing twenty minutes of sleep whenever I can. Just because my time is more restricted doesn’t mean I have to give up on enjoying the holidays in a special way. It just means I have to think creatively, to invite myself and my family to keep things simple, and to remember that the people in my life are much more important than the gifts and decorations can ever be.
This quiche is the perfect example of keeping things simple but not sacrificing quality and enjoyment. It’s easy to prepare and completely versatile, but it tastes great and adds an air of elegance to any meal. You can make it in advance and freeze it, one of the prime ingredients for stress-free holiday food preparation. It’s great served hot out of the oven, at room temperature, or even cold from the fridge. Set it out for a lovely breakfast for your guests, take it to that neighborhood open house, serve it alongside a simple green salad for a tasty lunch, or cut wedges to accompany your holiday turkey or ham. The possibilities are endless, and it’ll be that one thing reminding you that beautiful does not have to be complicated. So enjoy your holidays, enjoy your loved ones, and give yourself a break.
Mushroom Bacon Quiche
Ingredients from your kitchen:
3 bacon slices
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon dried rosemary
4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Ingredients to purchase:
1 cup cremini or button mushrooms, chopped
1 refrigerated pie crust
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a nonstick or cast iron skillet, cook bacon over medium heat for 2 minutes per side. Remove and drain. Leave bacon drippings in pan. Once cool, chop bacon into small pieces.
Add butter to the pan, turn the heat to medium-low, and sauté mushrooms and garlic for 4-5 minutes until mushrooms are golden brown. Season with salt, black pepper, and rosemary. Remove from heat and let cool.
Press pie crust into a 9-inch pie pan, pinching the excess edges into a decorative pattern.
In a medium mixing bowl, gently beat eggs. Gently stir in Parmesan, chopped bacon, cooked mushrooms, and salt and black pepper. Pour mixture into uncooked pie crust.
Bake in preheated oven on center rack for 40-45 minutes until crust is golden and the center is just set. Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold.