Ladies Who Brunch is trying out something new for a few weeks–a Top Chef/Iron Chef-like challenge! Lola over at Becoming Lola put up a post this weekend announcing WHIPPED, a weekly baking challenge using mystery ingredients. The basic idea is that each week, she posts three ingredients from a random generator (more on how she chooses the three), and participants whip up something delicious using one or more of those ingredients. Dishes must be baked, not cooked.
When I first read the post, I thought the challenge was to use ALL 3 ingredients in one dish. Well, since week 1 spit out red onions, rice and toffee, that sounded impossible. Marc and I threw around a few ideas–could we find a way to make the onions sweet, or the toffee savory?–before we realized that we could make a dish with just one or two. But since the fun is in doing more than just baking Heath Bar cookies or rice pudding, we wanted to use them all.
We decided to make quiche–yes, it’s savory, but it is baked and a great brunch food–and wanted to incorporate toffee either into the crust or as a glaze. Unfortunately, the only toffee we could find was covered in drizzled chocolate, and we figured that wouldn’t go so well with the other parts of the dish. So we gave up on the toffee and decided to stick to rice and red onion. Without further ado, our WHIPPED creation:
- Assorted vegetables (we used asparagus, squash and zucchini)
- Red onion
- Olive oil
- 1 cup cooked rice
- 7 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Pie crust
- Salt/pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press crust into pie pan [We used premade crust for convenience, but if we’d had time, we definitely would have made our own].
Chop veggies into bite-sized pieces and saute in olive oil until cooked. If you prefer them crispy, use less oil. Whisk eggs and milk together in a separate bowl.
Layer veggies and rice in the crust. Pour in egg mixture and top with cheese. Bake until the center is set and the top/crust are golden brown, about 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to individual pieces to taste.
So, this was a very simple first attempt at the WHIPPED Challenge–now that we know what we’re getting into, we’ll be better prepared to work with more ingredients and to come up with delicious baked desserts (brunch foods?) for you!