Grandma Beautiful. Got your attention, didn’t I? You know how every grandma wants a special “name” for her grands to call her? Well, my mom is Grandma Beautiful, and Grandma Beautiful’s Quiche is as beautiful as she is!
When our kids were little, my mother-in-law started calling herself “Grandma Dear.” My mom said that she needed a special grandma name, too, and, half-joking, suggested Grandma Beautiful. Well, the joke stuck, the name stuck and to this day, she is Grandma Beautiful. Even our neighbors call her that!
Grandma Beautiful just goes around helping people. For example, she takes boxes of doughnuts to all the families with little kids in her neighborhood, not just once but basically every month. She doesn’t do email (she says her email is “unlisted”) because it’s impersonal, but instead writes countless thank-you notes, sympathy cards and “I love you” notes on personalized stationery.
She makes friends with randoms on the street, and before they know it, they’re telling her their life story. She has a song for every occasion ( and I do mean EVERY) and will sing them liberally for all in range to hear. And she loves to feed people. Maybe that’s where I got it. Food is her love language, and, as it’s now harder for her to cook for people, she takes friends to lunch pretty much on the daily.
Grandma Beautiful’s Quiche has become a family favorite. No, it’s not the healthiest of dishes, or the prettiest. But it’s tasty and easy to make and is one of those tried-and-true-passed-down-from-generation-to-generation kind of dishes that most likely will stand the test of time. Three generations and going strong, this one is a keeper. Might as well bookmark it and put it with all your other family recipes now. It’s not going anywhere.
And next time you’re in the neighborhood, I’ll introduce you to your next best friend, Grandma Beautiful!
- 1 lb. bacon
- ½ large yellow onion, diced
- ½ lb. mushrooms, sliced
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
- ½ lb. Monterey Jack cheese
- ¼ cup flour
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 drops Tabasco
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- With kitchen shears, cut bacon into bits and cook in a skillet until crisp. Remove from pan and pat dry.
- Discard all but about 2 Tbsp. bacon drippings from pan. Sauté mushrooms and onions in reserved drippings.
- Beat eggs in a large bowl and add sour cream and cottage cheese.
- Grate cheeses and add to egg mixture.
- Add all other ingredients, stir to combine well and pour into buttered quiche dish.
- Bake 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes (until knife comes out clean.)
*Serve warm or at room temperature.
*Add veggies, herbs or different types of cheese to mix it up.
*Recipe doubles well to serve a crowd.