French Fridays with Dorie – Creamy Mushroom & Egg Burrito

IMG_0265So not only is this almost a week late, I made it into a burrito. How’s that for tardiness and thinking outside the box? I came home from work today and just felt like catching up. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any bread or any way to get to the store and though I’ve waxed poetic about how much I love baking bread, neither Candy the mixer nor I were up for it tonight. So what could I use for a replacement?? The only bread-like substance in the house was a bag of tortillas in the fridge and voila! this weird little burrito was born.

IMG_0259Up until just a few months ago, this picture would never have been taken in my kitchen. I have never been a huge mushroom person. I could take them in small doses and cut up very tiny but big ol’ hunks of baby bellas like these? Nah uh. Not gonna happen. But then, someone made me this Creamy Basil Chicken with Mushrooms and I discovered that when covered in butter and cream, these suckers can be pretty damn good. Granted, if you cover almost anything in butter and cream the flavor will improve, no? So anywho, I was all on board for this mushroom dish especially because I have never poached an egg before and I was really excited to try it. I think I even did it right! Dorie’s instructions seemed a lot simpler than this:

Who doesn’t love Chris Messina by the way? Is everyone watching The Mindy Project? It’s probably my favorite new show of the year. I love it and I love him. Paging Dr. Danny Castellano, heart palpitations up in here!  And if you’re looking to just dip your toe in the pool Danny Castellano is My Gynecologist is probably the funniest episode so far in my humble opinion. But anyway, back to  food – so the mushrooms got sauteed in some butter and olive oil with a shallot & a little salt & pepper and then doused in a smidge of cream. I’m finally able to use herbs from my little herb garden (thanks Mother Nature!) so I threw in chives and mint to give this a little pop of flavor. I used a heated tortilla for the base and built myself a fancy little French burrito. And was it tasty you ask? Oui, oui!


French Fridays with Dorie – Mushroom & Shallot Quiche (now with bacon!)

I’m running a little behind with this one but it’s still Friday so we’re good. For anyone who doesn’t know, we are now in what is called “fourth quarter” in retail. These three months are when we make the majority of our money for the year. Consequently I am kind of a zombie from October-December. Long days and lots of events are going to make it tougher to get things done in a timely manner, but I’m going to give it my best. Yesterday we put out Christmas at the store so it was a particularly long one (9:30 AM – 9ish PM) so my idea of making this quiche last night didn’t really work out. I did make the tart dough around 11 though so at least I got a start on it. And before anyone starts complaining about us forgetting Thanksgiving and putting out Christmas too early just shuttie. All that inventory has been sitting in the basement since July and it’s time for it to start making us some money. End of story.

Apologies for the weird lighting on this photo. Who knew that 7:30 AM isn’t the best time to take pics in my kitchen?? I wanted to include it though because I have the same crust problem with all tarts that I’ve made. I swear on the awesome creative force of Joss Whedon that I am NOT stretching the dough and I am chilling it before baking and all that jazz, yet it still shrinks like this every time. What am I doing wrong? I want the perfect looking scalloped edges that other people are getting from their tart pans and it isn’t happening. Tips would be much appreciated.

I sort of went off-recipe a bit for this one for several reasons. I am a tentative guest at the mushroom party. I am starting to like the flavor of them but I just can’t handle a big ol’ slice of mushroom. I can’t do it. I have been faced with a lot of gross vegetables this week (the story is way too long to go into here) so I just had to make this one more to my liking. I diced up the mushrooms very fine and then I also went ahead and sliced up four pieces of bacon, crisped them up, and threw them in the mix. I am a stalwart member of the Bacon Makes (Almost) Anything Better Club and Bek mentioned that she loves bacon in quiches so I thought “why not?” I happen to love scallions but I forgot to buy them so some Italian parsley took on the role of obligatory greens in this one. Because my crust shrunk ($?*#!!!) I couldn’t pour in all of the cream and egg mixture – as it was I had a little bit of an overflow situation – so I had about a 1/4 cup left that I just had to toss. Sad day.

I threw this in the oven and then hustled to get ready for work. I feel like quiche seems like it should be a quick & easy thing to put together but this bad boy had a lot of steps. Make the crust and chill it for at least three hours. Roll it out, put it in the pan and freeze it for an hour. Prebake the crust and let it cool completely. Make the filling and let it cool for at least 15 minutes. Then finally throw everything together and bake it for half an hour. See what I mean?? Kind of one you have to plan ahead for. As it was baking and I was brushing my teeth I was thinking that this probably wasn’t worth all the effort and everything since I don’t really like mushrooms all that much but man, was I wrong. I took it to work with me and we all had it for lunch in between more Christmas decorating and it was so goddamn delicious! I think it might be my favorite quiche I’ve ever made. The flavor was just out of this world! Even though it was kind of a pain in the ass, I would definitely make this one again! Since I did a lot of subbing and I really liked the results, I am going to include the recipe for this one. If you’ve got some time on your hands, give it a try (even if you think you don’t really like mushrooms :P).

Mushroom, Shallot & Bacon Quiche

4 pieces of bacon, sliced and crisped

1 1/2 T unsalted butter

2 shallots, finely chopped

1/2 lb white button mushrooms, finely chopped

1 tsp dried thyme

1 9″ tart shell (use any recipe you like, or try Dorie’s) partially baked & cooled

3/4  cup heavy cream

2 large eggs

1/4 cup flat-leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped

1/4 cup Muenster cheese, finely shredded

Melt the butter in a large non-stick skillet. Throw in the shallots, season with salt & pepper and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and throw in some more salt & pepper. Cook the mushrooms for about 5-7 minutes or until they have cooked down and started to brown a bit, then sprinkle them with 1/2 tsp thyme and cook for about 30 more seconds. Remove the mushrooms and shallots from the pan and put them in a bowl to cool for at least 15 minutes.

Center a rack in the oven and pre-heat it to 350 degrees. Put the cooled tart crust on a baking pan and sprinkle the other 1/2 tsp of thyme over the crust. Spread the mushroom mixture evenly over the crust, then sprinkle on the bacon and the parsley. Mix the eggs and cream together in a measuring cup and season them with a little salt and pepper. Then carefully pour the egg & cream mixture evenly over the tart. If it looks like it’s going to overflow, don’t use all of the liquid. Duh. Sprinkle the top of the tart with the cheese and CAREFULLY slide it into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until the filling has evenly puffed and looks nice and golden and crunchy on top. Transfer the quiche to a wire rack and remove the sides of the pan to let it cool. Eat while still a little warm or at room temperature. Yum!!
On a completely non-quiche related note, Halloween just happened and I was a fortune-teller. Is it good or bad that the only thing I had to purchase for my costume was this awesome turban-y hat thing I got in the clearance bin at Claire’s? I had everything else in my own wardrobe/possession (loud wrap-skirt, tall black boots, flowy sweater, big hoop earring & assorted other jewelry, tarot cards, & a crystal ball)…

Also, check out some of our cool pumpkins: