Want to hear something stupid? In 1982, a popular book came out called “Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche”.
I never read the book. But it’s satirical message — that masculine men should avoid feminine-type things like eating quiche — took hold during those Reagan-era, flag-waving days.
The early 1980s were the beginning of the New Age movement. And Bruce Feirstein’s book, which was supposed to be a send-up of the anti-feminist pro-American mood that was sweeping the nation at the time, instead found an audience among people who didn’t get the humor and who took its message at face value. The book was on the best-seller list for 55 weeks and sold 1.6 million copies.
The book also had the unfortunate side effect of single-handedly ruining quiche for a generation of American men forever.
Well, I’m bringing it back!
After all, quiche is simply an egg and bacon pie. There’s nothing anti-masculine about it. In fact, it’s quite delicious, easy to make, and extremely cost-effective.
In this version, I used egg whites instead of whole eggs and skim milk, making it a little lower-fat. I kept the bacon, though. Getting rid of it would be unmanly!
One 9-inch deep dish frozen pie crust
4 slices bacon
1/2 of a 10 oz package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1/2 medium onion, medium dice
1 cup broccoli florets
2 tomatoes, ribs and seeds removed, medium dice
8 oz egg whites (or 4 whole eggs, whisked)
1 cup skim milk
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp dry dill weed
Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
2 oz goat cheese
1/2 cup shredded chedddar cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking pan with foil and place pie crust on the sheet.
2. Cook bacon until crisp, then let cool on a paper towel. Chop into small peices then combine in a mixing bowl with spinach, onion, broccoli, and tomato and toss together. Transfer the vegetable mixture to the bottom of the pie crust.
3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk, then add the granulated garlic and dill weed. Season with salt and pepper then pour over the vegetable mixture.
4. Drop the goat cheese peices into the mixture evenly then sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top.
5. Bake for one hour. Let cool for a few minutes before cutting. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Quiche is great because you can put anything that you have leftover in the refrigerator in it and it will taste great. The goat cheese was expensive — about $4 for just 2 ounces — so you can substitute a less expensive cheese if you wish or leave it out altogether. I would keep the shredded cheddar on top, however, because it adds a nice top crust.
Have you ever been intimidated by a food because of the way it was viewed by popular culture? Share your story in the comments section below. And thanks for looking at my blog!