Tuesday, December 23, 2008

2 dinners in 1 post! Hearty Corn Chowder ($1.34 per serving) and Nana's Quiche ($1.11 per serving)

I've been so swamped with holiday preparations that I forgot to post! The chowder was last night's dinner and the quiche was tonight...

Fast and Hearty Corn Chowder ~ $1.34 per serving, $5.35 total
2 tbsp. butter ($0.15)
1 medium onion, chopped ($0.35)
2 tbsp. flour
1 can corn, drained ($0.65)
2 medium potatoes, chopped ($1.00)
4 cups milk ($1.20)
8 oz. deli ham, chopped ($2.00)
white pepper

1. Melt butter in soup pot. Saute onions until slightly colored but not brown. Add flour and make roux. Stir constantly till bubbly.
2. Add corn, potatoes, and milk. Simmer until thickened.
3. Stir in ham and spices to taste. Continue to simmer until heated through.
Makes 4-5 servings

The Verdict
Everyone enjoyed this soup. It was VERY filling. We all needed to add more salt and pepper, so you can be a bit heavy-handed with the spices, the milk soaks a lot of it up. This was SUPER fast and easy!

Nana's Quiche ~ $1.11 per serving
, $6.85 total
1 Pre-made frozen pie shell ($1.80)
8 oz. deli ham, chopped ($2.00)
1 cup shredded cheese ($1.80)
3 eggs ($0.75)
1 cup heavy cream ($0.50)
2-3 Tablespoons grated cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Bake pie shell for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
3. Place ham in the bottom of the browned pie shell.
4. Top with grated parmesan cheese, then shredded cheese.
5. Blend slightly eggs, cream, salt and pepper and pour over cheeses.
6. Bake 45 min. to 1 hour. Should be golden brown.
7. Let the quiche sit for nearly an hour before serving for best results (and easier slicing.)
Makes 6 servings

The Verdict
My stepmom makes this, Josh calls her Nana. You can replace the ham with bacon, artichokes, or mushrooms. Play with the cheeses and spices. Ham works best with cheddar, artichokes with italian blend, and bacon with swiss. This is one of the only ways I will eat eggs!!!! Serve with a green salad for dinner, or with hash browns and fruit for brunch.

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