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Ham and Asparagus Crustless Quiche

Quiche is one of our most ordered items in our Pottery House Cafe! For Spring, we love the idea of adding asparagus to an already delicious basic quiche, freshening it up and adding another layer of flavor. A crustless option makes it quicker and easier, and it lightens it up!

Ingredients:

2 cups of cooked ham, cubed

2 cups of asparagus, thinly sliced

1 ½ cups of swiss cheese, shredded

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1 ½ cups of milk

3 eggs

1/2 cup of butter, melted

¾ cup of Old Mill Biscuit Mix

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Grease a 10 inch pie plate. In bottom of pie plate, place ham, cheese, asparagus and onion. Set aside.

In a blender or food processor, combine all remaining ingredients. Blend about 15- 30 seconds until mixture is combined and no lumps remain. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients. Press down any meat or vegetable that rise to the top.

Place in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes until quiche is golden brown and cooked through. Cool five minutes and slice to serve.

Buckwheat Pancakes

Buckwheat may sound like a “wheat,” but it’s not. It is a flowering plant, related to sorrel and rhubarb. When the plant goes to seed, the superfood, heart-healthy seeds are milled into A dark and distinctive buckwheat flour. It’s delicious in baking and naturally gluten-free. When the weather is cool, we like to turn buckwheat flour into pancakes. They are delicious served with crisp bacon and smothered in our maple syrup.

Buckwheat Pancakes

Makes about 16 3- to 4-inch pancakesPrep: 10 to 15 minutesCook: 4 minutes per batch.

Ingredients:

1 cup The Old Mill Buckwheat Flour

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

1 large egg

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1/4 teaspoon vanilla Oil for greasing the Lodge cast iron griddle

Directions:

  1. Place the buckwheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside. Place the buttermilk in a 2-cup measuring cup and add the egg and melted butter. Stir to combine well. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture, and stir with a fork until smooth. Set aside. 
  2. Oil a griddle or frying pan and place over medium-high heat. When a drop of water dances on the griddle, this means it is hot enough to cook pancakes. Spoon a 1/4-cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake, and cook until bubbles appear, then flip the pancake and cook on the other side. You will cook the pancakes about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Cheese Grits Soufflé

Cheese grits are the perfect side dish for breakfast and brunch through the holiday season. And they’re even more delicious made with our Old Mill stone-ground grits. To make a souffle of the grits, separate the eggs, beat the whites, and then gently fold the beaten whites into the grits mixture before baking. What you get is a cheese grits side dish that rises to higher heights, sure to impress family and friends. And this elegant but easy side can transition to dinner where it pairs well with roasts, steaks, and grilled fish.

Cheese Grits Soufflé

Makes 8 servings
Prep: 15 to 20 minutes
Cook: 40 to 45 minutes
Ingredients:
1 teaspoon soft unsalted butter
4 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch cayenne pepper or nutmeg
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 large eggs, separated
Directions:
  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Rub the butter on the bottom only of a 2-quart (8-cup) souffle or baking dish and set aside.
  3. Place the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Pull the pan off the heat, and whisk in the grits, a little at a time, until the grits are incorporated. Place the pan back over medium heat, and let the grits come to a simmer. Stir and cook the grits until smooth and thickened, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat, and stir in the salt, pepper, cayenne or nutmeg, cheese, and butter until smooth. Set aside.
  5. Crack the eggs, placing the yolks in a medium bowl and the whites in a large bowl. Beat the egg yolks lightly with a fork, and add a couple tablespoons of the warm grits to the yolks to bring up their temperature. Stir to combine. Repeat this process two or three times, adding a couple tablespoons grits to the yolks, and then turn the yolk mixture into the pan of grits, stirring to combine well. Set aside.
  6. Beat the egg whites on high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the grits mixture alongside the egg whites in the bowl and fold gently to combine. Turn the mixture into the prepared dish, and place the dish in the oven.
  7. Bake until the souffle rises and is golden brown on top, about 40 to 45 minutes. Serve at once.

Sweet Cream Biscuits

A biscuit recipe is like a fingerprint in the South; everybody has their own, so no two are alike! Well, that’s not entirely true. But, Southern cooks will tell you that their biscuit recipe is the best because it’s likely been passed down for generations. The basics of a biscuit are all the same. You take a flour and add some fat and liquid. From there you can add just about anything you want to make it sweet or savory, or maybe you keep it simple and let a slice of country ham or a spoonful of jam or honey add some extra flavor. Biscuits come in all shapes and sizes and are the answer for a quick breakfast to a simple and traditional solution for dessert.

We love just about every variety of biscuit. Flaky buttery layers get us just as excited as a tender biscuit with lots of airy pockets to hold butter. And, they don’t take as long as it may seem to make. Have you ever been intimidated by the thought of making homemade biscuits and resorted to popping open a tube in the past?  (Truth be told, almost all of us saw our grandmother’s do that once or twice! If you never witnessed it, look for a  dent in the edge of the counter in grandma’s kitchen, cause that’s where she would bang the tube against it to get it to burst open.) Well, scratch-made biscuits really don’t take any more time to make, you just may end up with a little flour in places you never intended.

Self-rising flour is a time-saver in this two-ingredient biscuit recipe. The leavening – baking powder – is already in the flour. The cream acts both as the liquid and the fat, making these biscuits rich and flaky. And easy!

Sweet Cream Biscuits

Makes about 14 2-inch biscuits

Prep: 10 minutes

Bake: 10 to 14 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups Old Mill Self-Rising Flour

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

Extra flour as needed for rolling

Directions:

  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place the flour and sugar in a large bowl and stir to combine. Pour in nearly all the cream, and stir with a fork until the mixture comes together. If needed, add the rest of the cream to get the dough to pull together. It will be sticky.
  3. Sprinkle a work surface with a couple tablespoons flour, and turn the dough out onto the flour. Press with floured hands until the dough is 1-inch thick. Fold one half of the dough over the other like closing a book, then press down to 1-inch again, and cut into 2-inch rounds with a floured biscuit cutter. Press together scraps to make additional biscuits. Place biscuits about an inch apart on baking pans, and place in the oven. Bake until golden brown, from 10 to 14 minutes. Serve warm with butter.