Don’t Move It, Eat It!

Today we welcome not just any guest blogger, but the Ranting Mom! My mom is a lover of good food, as am I, and likes to experiment from time to time herself. Welcome the Ranting Mom (Jan) and this great recipe…

Pat’s Dad was an Air Force officer for 26 years and his transfers kept our family on the move.  Since it was important to stay within our weight allowance for the moving van,  I always used the weeks before the move to pare down our pantry.  Sure enough there would be some very challenging items in there –  you know, those things that seemed novel when you bought them but later not so much.   Moving was justification to try out uncommon food combinations – some of which actually worked.

Recently, I realized that my freezer was at the bulging point and that I needed to apply the same techniques to it as I had when the military transferred us.  So with a frozen pie shell in my sights, I started looking for an appropriate recipe to incorporate it as well as something else in the freezer.   This tostada recipe just filled the bill as I was able to also use up a package of turkey sausage too.

I’ve made this recipe over the years for various small groups such as my book club and it is always well received.

Jan’s Tostada Quiche


1 9″ frozen pastry shell (regular size ok,but deep dish better)

For filling:

     1 Poblano chile (or Anaheim chile for less heat), chopped

     8 oz. ground beef or turkey — I used ground turkey sausage

     1/4 c. onion, chopped

     1-2 tbsp. taco seasoning mix

     1 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

     3 eggs

     1 1/2 c. half & half

     1/2 tsp. salt and pepper

For topping:

      2 avocado

      1 tbsp lemon juice

      2 tbsp red onion, chopped

      1 small tomato, chopped

      1-2 tbsp poblano chiles


       Shredded lettuce

      Corn chips

      Chopped tomato


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Let frozen pastry shell stand at room temperature for 10 minutes; do not prick the pastry shell. Bake pastry shell 7 minutes. Remove from oven; set aside.

In a large skillet, combine meat, onion, green chilies and taco seasoning mix.

Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until meat mixture is browned and onion is tender. Drain and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine eggs, half & half, salt and pepper. Beat with a fork (or whisk) until mixed well but not frothy.

Layering:  In the baked pie shell, layer the bottom with the cheddar cheese and then add the meat mixture.  Pour the egg mixture over the meat.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

Topping: While the quiche bakes, make the guacamole topping.  Chop avocados, tomato and green chiles.

Place them all in a small bowl and add lemon juice.

Mash all into desired consistency. I like to use one of my all-time favorite tools for mashing that’s called a muddler, but any masher will do or even the food processor.   I like a chunky guacamole but you might prefer a smoother one.   Refrigerate.

 To serve, spread the top with the guacamole and add shredded lettuce and chopped tomato.  Add a bowl of corn chips, if desired.   Serves 6.

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Categories: Baking, Beef, Breakfast, Cheese, Eggs, French, Guest, Lunch, Main Dish, Mexican, Recipes, Turkey, Vegetable

Author:The Ranting Chef

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12 Comments on “Don’t Move It, Eat It!”

  1. July 11, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Yum – my! Saved to my recipe folder.


  2. July 11, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    This looks delicious! can’t wait to try it i too have a freezer full of some potentially fun combinations!


  3. July 11, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    i love quiche


  4. rigmover
    July 11, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    I love quiche too, just don’t tell anybody i said that 😉


  5. July 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    It looks delish 🙂


  6. July 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I think my boyfriend would die for this quiche- he loves mexican food. I still prefer my usual bacon and cheese. But I think I can make individual ones 🙂


  7. Alli
    July 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Love this idea, looks delish!


  8. July 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Great post for your guest blogger. Don’t Mom’s always know best! 🙂


  9. July 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Thanks Ranting Mom! Looks great.


  10. July 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    Clever! I love how some mom’s just know how to take whatever they have in the house and make something amazing. It’s a skill I did not learn 😦 But I’ll keep trying…


  11. July 11, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    That looks good, and very original. I’m going to have to try it.


  12. July 13, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    What a wonderful recipe. I love this idea and can’t wait to give it a try.


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