Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
There is a saying that real men don't eat quiche, there may have been a book with that title as well. Maybe they did not eat quiche because it had no kick to it. Rest assured that you can serve this spicy tomato and sausage quiche to men and they will eat it.
3/4 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed
4 oz. cup Colby or Cheddar cheese, shredded
8 oz. Gruyere, shredded
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
4 oz. Rotel brand tomatoes and green chilies*
3/4 tspn chili powder
1/2 tspn ground cumin
1/4 tspn garlic powder
8 medium-size eggs, beaten until silky and golden
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Lightly grease 9-1/2 inch quiche pan* or standard cake pan. Be sure to grease the sides of the pan.
Remove casing from sausage and crumble. Cook sausage in skillet over medium-high heat cooked through and nicely brown. Drain fat from sausage and place in greased pan. Add the two shredded cheeses, chopped onion, and Rotel tomatoes and green chilies. Add salt and pepper(optional), chili powder, cumin and garlic powder to egg mixture, mix well and pour ingredients into the pan.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Quiche is done when knife or fork comes out clean. Cool to touch and serve warm or at room temperature. Cut into wedges, use a spatula to place on plate. Serve with sliced fruit. Any melon goes well with this dish.
Makes 6 regular servings or 8 servings with green salad and fruit slices. This quiche is crust-less, however no bread is needed. If you feel the need, serve with slim bread sticks.
* If you use a removable bottom quiche pan, you may want to place the pan on a cookie sheet, in case of leakage.
* If you cannot find Rotel brand tomatoes and green chilies, use 4 oz. green Chile peppers, chopped fine; 1 tpsn jalapeno pepper, finely minced and 3 tablespoons chopped canned tomatoes.
*Rotel tomatoes and green chilies are in a 10 oz can. Heat the leftover tomato/green chili mixture and put in a bowl in case someone want to spoon it over their quiche. Alternatively, you can add a bit of the mix to sour cream and serve as a sauce for fried chicken or top scrambled eggs with the mixture.