March 04, 2010

The main requirements for dinner in the Shepherd household are quick, easy, budget-friendly, and low-carb.  We are blessed to have a large chest freezer in our garage where we stockpile game meats like venison, turkey, and quail, plus bought-in-bulk steak, chicken, and fish.  This makes weekly meal planning and grocery shopping pretty painless, though I find myself drifting back to the same meals again and again.  My husband's health (and mine as well, to be frank) is much better when we avoid carbohydrates at dinnertime, so classic dishes like spaghetti and casseroles are out. 

Always on a quest to find new ways to cook venison (especially ground venison - we have about 24 packs in the freezer right now with more to come!), I came across this recipe for Bacon Cheeseburger Quiche on www.lowcarb-recipes.net.  I used whole milk in place of the half-and-half since we had that on hand for our young toddler, and regular pepper, but otherwise prepared the dish as written.  It was delicious and one of my new favorite uses for venison burger!  Venison can dry out or get overcooked easily due to the low fat content, but the topping of cheese and eggs kept the moist wonderfully moist and flavorful.

Bacon Cheeseburger Quiche

6 servings


Ingredients:
1 lb. very lean hamburger
1 small chopped onion
4 slices crisp-cooked bacon, chopped in bits
3 eggs
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup half-n-half
8 oz. shredded chedder or swiss cheese
garlic powder to taste (optional)
white pepper


Preparation Method:
1
Brown hamburger in skillet with onion. Remove and mix in bowl with bacon pieces, breaking up any larger clumps with a fork or pastry mixer until you have a fine mix. Drain well of any excess grease and press into the bottom of a deep-dish pie pan. Set aside.
2
Preheat oven to 350°F.
3
Combine remaining ingredients in mixer bowl and whip well. Pour mixture over beef "crust" and bake 40-45 minutes until top is browned and "set". Cool 15-20 minutes before slicing. This can be packaged in Ziplocs or plastic containers for meals quickly microwaved over the next 3-5 days. (Does not freeze well, though.)

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