Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hey, there.

Hey, there. Remember me? I remember you. I think of you often, but things and stuff and more things keep getting in the way of me reaching out with a new blog post. But, here I am, trying to give this a go again.

So, what is on my plate? Over the course of the past year or so, Hubs and I have developed a Sunday Brunch ritual. I am not a morning person, and unless traveling, we have never done breakfast together. But, on Sundays, Hubs' schedule usually lightens up a bit and he comes home after completing the morning feeding chores at the farm. It opens a perfect opportunity to share breakfasty foods that normally get neglected.

Today's menu was Smoked Salmon and Spinach Quiche with a hash brown crust, fruit salad (that was just odds and ends of this and that I threw together), Blueberry Muffins from Dessert for Two's Comfort and Joy cookbook, fresh squeezed orange juice (because I had a bowl of oranges on the counter starting to get hard), and iced coffee.

The star ingredient in the quiche was salmon that I had prepared in the smoker a few weeks ago. Every couple of months, I smoke whole salmon fillets, portion, wrap, and freeze to add to quiches and other egg dishes, pasta, dips, and just as an alternative to lox with cream cheese and bagels. This isn't the cold-smoked or cured salmon of lox; it is hot-smoked and cooked through. It flakes just like your dinner entree salmon fillet, but it has a delicious smoked flavor. You should be able to find similar salmon pieces near where the lox and fake crab are sold at your grocery. If not, check out some specialty markets, they have smoked salmon in a can similar to tuna. It works for this, as well.

I am not a hash brown fan, but this crust paired with the eggs and salmon is pure perfection. It is so delicious that there isn't even any cheese in this quiche. Now, if you are a purist that demands a quiche have cheese, throw some in. This time, though, I am going to pass.

Oh! And you know how I told you just a few minutes ago that Hubs' schedule eases up on Sunday? Well, the exception to that is planting season...and the second exception to that is haying season...and after that there is harvest. And, you guessed it, it is planting season. So, all of that brunch got packed up today and taken to the field. Hubs took a quick break and ate on the tailgate of my car, and we still got to brunch together.

I packed the OJ, coffee, and fruit in wide-mouth Mason jars. A pro tip would be to not pack the butter for the muffins with the warm muffins. It can melt into the dish towel before you get to the field. My cast iron pan kept the quiche warm during the journey. It wasn't piping hot, but quiche is good even at room temperature​.

So... that's what I have today: brunch. Even in all the hectic mess that has consumed my time, brunch has pretty much been a constant​, and it seems like a good place to get back to On My Plate.

Smoked Salmon and Spinach Quiche ON MY PLATE

Smoked Salmon and Spinach Quiche
(with a hash brown crust)
(Adapted from Country Cleaver)

2 Russet Potatoes, baked
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 ounces smoked salmon (NOT Lox)
1 cup fresh baby spinach
3-4 thin slices red onion, pulled into rings
6 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons flour
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large skillet melt butter and olive oil over medium heat.
Shred the baked potatoes (can be baked a day ahead of time, or done in the microwave just before needed...your choice)
Add the shredded potatoes to the melted butter and oil.
Season with salt and pepper.
Spread potatoes out into a thin, even layer and allow to crisp on one side.
When browned and crispy, flip with a spatula to brown the other side.
Meanwhile, coat a medium cast iron skillet with cooking spray.
When fully cooked, press potatoes into the cast iron skillet to form a crust on the bottom and up the sides of the pan.
Arrange a layer of flaked salmon in the bottom of the crust.
Next, add half of the spinach and some rings of red onion.
Then, another layer of salmon and more spinach and onions.
Beat the eggs with the cream and flour.
Season with salt and pepper. (Watch the amount of salt that is already in he salmon.)
Pour egg mixture over the salmon and spinach in the crust.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, until set and cooked through. (Serves 6.)

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