Thursday, May 6, 2010

An Oklahoma-Made Mother's Day

Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants, trumping even the biggest date night of the year, Valentine's Day.

Some years it's fun to grab Mom, get out there and get in on the action. Other years it's nice to avoid the rush and eat in instead.

To ensure that Mom gets as good a meal at your house as she would in a nice restaurant, try this recipe for Working Mom's Quiche. This how-to comes from the Made in Oklahoma coalition courtesy of one of Oklahoma's top chefs, Kurt Fleischfresser of The Coach House in Oklahoma City.

Working Mom's Quiche
Serves 8

-1 pound of J.C. Potter spicy sausage
-1 bunch of green onions, sliced including some of the green
-1 (8 ounce) package of J-M Farms mushrooms, sliced
-1 red pepper, roasted, peeled and diced
-1 pound of Monterey Jack cheese, grated
-2 cups of Hiland whipped cream
-3 eggs
-1 teaspoon of dried parsley
-Salt and pepper to taste
-1 (15 ounce) package of refrigerated pie crust

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Brown sausage and drain. In the same skillet, sauté mushrooms and green onions until tender.
3. In large bowl, mix together sausage, mushrooms, onions, roasted peppers and cheese.
4. In a separate bowl, lightly whip together cream, eggs, parsley, salt and pepper.
5. Arrange the sausage mixture in the bottom of the pie crust that has been prepared according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and pour the cream and egg mixture over the top.
6. Bake for about an hour or until the custard has set. Let the quiche cool on a rack and serve warm.

I'm a fan of the Made in Oklahoma Coalition because its mission is to promote brand awareness and consumer loyalty for Oklahoma food products. MIO is all about local, local, local, and Lord knows just exactly how much I dig that. MIO represents more than 30 Oklahoma food manufacturers that employ nearly 20,000 statewide.

That's a lot of jobs, right there. That it's not hard to find Oklahoma-made products at most grocery stores makes choosing them over products that will take our dollars hundreds if not thousands of miles away from our state makes it even easier to get the best food while also supporting the local economy.

Plus, the MIO cookbook, Tastefully Oklahoma, would make a quick-and-easy and much-appreciated Mother's Day gift in itself. It's available at both of Tulsa's Barnes and Noble locations (one on 41st Street, the other on 71st Street).

Got a favorite Mother's Day brunch or dinner recipe? Leave it in the comments.

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