Quiche Me Honey Honey (Quiche Me!)

French Fridays with Dorie

Quiche Me


Quiche Me Honey Honey (Quiche Me!)

Internet browsing for a recipe often takes me first to Epicurious or The Food Network even though more often than not I end up using recipes found elsewhere. I also prefer to blog-stalk as the personal touch blogs can offer the recipe seeker appeal to me greatly. These “majors” are as good a place to start as anywhere and the subsequent recipe “discussions” attached to them can be quite entertaining when you are inclined to read other so-called “cook’s” thoughts on the recipe.

Usually the comments read fairly affirmative:

“This recipe is one of Ina’s finest! Everything I have ever made from her is so easy and it comes out just as it did on the TV!”


“My family can’t get enough of this. Instant classic”

Now I can tell a lot by how a recipe is written whether or not I think it will turn out well and whether I will end up liking the finished product. I just took it for granted that everyone could do this. I never would have guessed that this is some rare special talent. Then I saw how badly some of these recipe followers are at actually following the recipes! Not to mention how bad they are at showing accountability for their divergent recipe paths! What makes me really laugh is how after completely mangling the instructions or substituting all the ingredients they still hold the recipe’s author responsible for their fiasco.

“I didn’t have the right pan so I used a 6” tart pan and I used olive oil instead of butter because that is better for you anyways and because my husband has celiac disease I used gluten free flour. I was sad that my popovers didn’t look like the picture! Oh well Nigela! I used to think you could do no wrong!”



Quiche Me

By now you can tell from my pictures that I went off the rails (again) for this week’s Dorie recipe. I couldn’t help myself. I think the whole idea of a good quiche is that you shouldn’t really need to make a special trip to the market. All you need is a couple eggs and a pastry crust and your canvas is ready. I finally wised up and made an extra crust to freeze when making last week’s crust. You Doristas sure like things with pastry crust!

I decided to go South of the Border with this one since I had was jonesing for some Blender Guacamole and needed something appropriate to use it on. Blender Guac is so easy to make and perfect for punching up any meal you are making from leftovers such as quesadillas, omelets, etc. Its a favorite at my house.

As for the rest:

“I didn’t have any bacon in the house so I used ground beef seasoned with cumin and garlic powder. I subbed in red peppers and onion instead of the spinach and used a sharp cheddar cheese instead of Parmesan or Gruyere. A little cilantro and guacamole and my family was loving it. Dorie, you did it again!”

Blender Guacamole


Blender Guacamole

Blender Guacamole

This is what you will need:

  • 1/2 pound tomatillos, husked, rinced and lighly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed or finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 tea. kosher salt
  • 1 Serrano chili, coursly chopped, seeded if you prefer. Play it by ear here to your taste
  • 1 TBS fresh lime juice, more to taste
  • 1 ripe Haas avocado

This is how you make it:

  1. Put tomatillos first into the blender.
  2. Add all other ingredients except avocado and blend until smooth.
  3. Scoop avocado flesh into the bender and pulse until just smooth or to consistency you prefer.
  4. Add water if necessary to get texture you prefer.
  5. Adjust seasoning to taste.






About Trevor Kensey

To be truthful, I don't know what “Sis. Boom. [blog!]" means either. The name implies something explosive just happened I suppose I would like it if each post would make made a small 'boom' in your day or at least a fizzle. Even though a recipe is included with every post I have a hard time calling this a "food blog" or even myself a "food blogger".

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  1. Love your Mexican interpretation of this dish! I’m going to steal your idea next time I make it!

  2. Love your post! You are so right about changing the recipe and blaming the author! Especially when baking…It’s like chemistry, some things you just shouldn’t change. However, when you cook, you can do some really great things by changing things up…look at your wonderful quiche!! Love the idea of going Mexican.

  3. Your final quote made me laugh out loud! So true – I see that on Epicurious all the time. Your version looks delicious and your pictures are gorgeous as usual.

  4. Oh, Trevor. Don’t you know that it is always the recipes authors fault when substitutions don’t work. That’s the first rule of blog reading. It’s never, ever the readers fault!
    Love your change-ups and I have bowl envy…

  5. Hey Trevor, fun change up this week! I have a couple of tomatillos planted in my garden so hopefully I will be trying your guacamole later this Summer. Beautiful red bowl, your photos look great, as usual;-)

  6. You go, Trevor! Fabulous looking quiche…my family would actually prefer your tweaked version over the original recipe. And I want to try your guacamole, too…thanks for the bonus recipe (and for my weekly laugh reading your post).

  7. I’ve been craving mexican and it totally didn’t occur to me to change the recipe. Love your creativity!

  8. How weird! I did your exact recipe except instead of cheddar I used goat cheese and rather than beef and red peppers I went with pancetta and sauteed spinach, and instead of making your crust I used none. It was amazing – you are genius. But then, when is going South ever a bad idea?

  9. Another hilariously true post, Trevor. I think that’s why allrecipes.com started plugging in the ‘variations’ link to indulge anyone who felt the need to communicate their tweaks to the world.

  10. What a great way to “tweak” a recipe. I want to make your version, especially that guacamole.

  11. What a great idea to take the quiche south of the border. It looks delicious!

  12. Loved your post, as usual. Spot on about the “change ups” and who is at fault. I have been playing catch up as well due to travel and just read your last two posts as well. That torteau looks absolutely amazing and I love how you described something that truly fits the ‘indescribable’ category. Stunning photos all around and I just adored your story of family bonding and feasting (albiet delay feasting on PB&J 🙂 on your Peanut Butter bars. And I am SO making that blender guacamole from this week……

  13. You totally crack me up….again. Great post. Yours looks fantastic, as does the guacamole (though I will admit, I think almost everything’s better with guacamole). Yum!

  14. Anonymous says:

    This was a blog post with a trick ending: that’s not quiche . . . it’s guacamole!

    It’s “The Crying Game” of food blog posts. And I never saw it coming.


  15. Anonymous says:

    Can you help this poor schmoe find the recipe for Dorie’s quiche?

  16. Hi, Trevor! It’s awards time again! I’m giving you Awards Galore which is 8-in-1. Please visit my blog to pick it up: http://www.createamazingmeals.com/2011/05/awards-galore.html

  17. Dear Poor Schmoe, you didn’t leave me any contact info… not sure how you want me to do it but I do leave Dorie recipes available in my Evernote for people who request them.

  18. I love the people who rate recipes online but haven’t made them “These sound great- 4 stars”. NOT helpful friends. Your quiche looks great, good pick on the recipe!

  19. Your quiche looks good but that guacamole has me wishing I had stopped by the grocery store for some more avocados. 🙂 That’s on my list for this weekend for sure!

  20. I’m not sure how I’ve missed commenting on this masterpiece, but at least I’m here before the June recipes roll around. Your subs and Mexican flavors on this quiche are incredible…I think I can say that because I’ve made the same thing, although my tweaks are slightly further than South. Unfortunately, I wasn’t clever enough to have made a quiche topping like yours!

  21. hilarious! i had to keep reading…the comments are complete déjà vu. Priceless is the last one.