Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cottage Cheese in Disguise

Yannick wanted to make hamburgers so I suggested having an impromptu get-together with some friends tonight. Phone calls were quickly made and invitations graciously accepted, and while I planned it to be a casual no-fuss affair (hamburger, chips, ice-cream?), I couldn't help fussing just a little.

With company, we usually start the evening with aperitif à la française. For us it's simply some drinks like vermouth or kir with munchies likes chips and nuts, unless I have the time and inspiration to make a special little something in addition. Or when I have a special item waiting to be shared. Or, like today, some experimental creation had been waiting eagerly for unsuspecting guinea-pigs.

A few days ago I had the idea that I should eat cottage cheese. So I went to the store and bought, not 1 or 2 or 3, but 4 tubs! Now, cottage cheese isn't a thing I normally eat. And though I had never tasted it (don't they look kind of gross?), I was sure that whatever I was using it for, I was to completely obscure its appearance and taste. So after much browsing the internet for ideas, I was thrilled to have so many plans for it!

One of which was these cheesy quiche squares. I'd made super tasty quiches with sour-cream or yogurt before, so why not with creamed cottage cheese? Along with the eggs, and throw in a generous amount of grated sharp cheddar and chopped pickled pepper rings, that would make it a flavoursome and super protein dish. In my second ambitious moment (the first was the 4 tubs) I doubled the recipe. Well, they are supposed to be good for you and your friends, what can I say?

They turned out good, and nobody could have guessed the cottage cheese in disguise. Next time though I would add more cheese, and some vegetables like steamed broccoli or sauteed green beans. And no need to make so much. When will I learn?

Doesn't Yannick's hamburger look gorgeous?

I wanted to make something homemade towards the meal but I didn't have a lot of time today (doesn't work get into the way of life sometimes?) So I pulled out this 'Fastest Fudge Cake' recipe from Taunton's Fine Cooking that I had saved to try on an occasion like this. Fastest? Sometimes I can be so unbelieveably gullible. It turned out to be cakey and not fudgy at all, maybe because I used golden yellow sugar instead of light brown sugar.

Cheesy Quiche Square Recipe

Ingredients :
1 cup cottage cheeese
3 extra large eggs
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar
1/2 cup hot pepper rings, chopped

Directions :
1. Preheat to oven to 350.
2. Puree cottage cheese in a mixer (or using a hand mixer).
3. Blend in the eggs and oil.
4. Add the dry ingredients and stir until mixed.
5. Pour into a greased and floured 8*8 inch baking pan.
6. Bake for 40 minutes until set.

Bon appetit!


Anonymous said...

Little quiche and hamburgers look yummy! What did you have for main?So how long did the cake take?

Anonymous said...

Ice cream, I don't remember Ice cream because I ate it all last time ... ;)
For the hamburger receipe, see with my agent.

Andrew Parfett said...

The quiche was delicious, and much enjoyed again the next day. The kids enjoyed the cake - with mint ice cream. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

What a feast!! And that fudge cake looks amazing.