Impress the Ladies with an Almost Carb-less Quiche

13 Apr
When Alayna’s lady friends requested a low-carb dinner, Alayna had to write to me at work to ask what that meant. No bread sort of horrifies me but the idea of a dinner party challenge was pretty exciting.

Alayna decided on “Almost-No Carb Salmon Quiche, Yams and Salad.” 

Alayna got home from work around 6-ish. Napped. Woke up and began cooking around 7pm. Guest arrived around 7:45pm. Carrie asked in astonishment, when she walked into our highly cozy apartment with a set table and food coming out of the oven, How long have you been cooking?

Not so long. 

Let’s begin:
Pre-heat the oven to 425 F
In a large saute pan, heat 2 tbsp of butter
2 chopped leeks
1 bunch of skinny asparagus  cut into small pieces
1 or 2 caps of portabello mushrooms

While this sautes whisk, in a separate bowl, 1 and 1/2 cups of regular milk
with 1/2 cup of half and half and
4 eggs
Add 2 generous spoonfuls of pesto

Butter up a pie pan
Lightly coat it with dried bread crumbs (hence, the “Almost” No-carbs quiche. This is important though otherwise the eggs will stick to the pan)
Once your sauteing veggies are crispy but mostly cooked through pour them in the pie pan like this:

Lovely.
Now…
Cut up a 14 ounce packet of smoked salmon

Add salmon tears to the veggies

And finally pour the milk mixture on top of that.

Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until the middle has set. 

Take out and let cool for a few minutes before serving.

Now for the salad
Mix together whatever you want, spinach, baby tomatoes, carrots, radishes, zucchini. 
You know, whatever you have sitting around.

To impress with an easy Home Made Salad Dressing mix together (to taste):
balsamic vinegar with olive oil
Add stone ground mustard
a pinch of sugar
and a few sprinkles of fresh rosemary

Alayna also boiled yams and mixed them with Saint Andres cheese (this can be substituted for mild fresh goat cheese). 
Look how impressed they are.
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2 Responses to “Impress the Ladies with an Almost Carb-less Quiche”

  1. Carrie April 16, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    And we were so impressed! The dinner was delicious and I don’t even care that there were breadcrumbs in that quiche. It really was a lovely evening…

  2. Laura April 27, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    Can you include past dinner parties? Like… penne alla vodka?? Yum. That was every dinner party junior and senior year of college. And by dinner party I mean you’d reheat it for us at 3am.

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