Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Chicken Pomegranate Quiche #recipe + book #giveaway for AS GOUDA AS DEAD


I'm gearing up for the release of the next Cheese Shop Mystery #6: As Gouda As Dead. From now and long into February, every Wednesday, if you leave a comment, you'll be entered to win a Cheese Shop Mystery plus some fun swag. See below!


But first a recipe!  I'm in cheese mode this month. I warned you. Last week, cream cheese frosting. This week, quiche! I adore quiche. It's so easy to make. Especially if you use a store-bought crust. I find the best ones at Whole Foods, but there are some other fabulous choices, too.

The tough thing about this recipe is getting the pomegranates out of their shell...or is it? I saw a great youtube video that helped me understand how to do this easily. I shared it about a year ago when I made a fall salad using pomegranate seeds. Well, here are the pictures again. *Below. You need a bowl, a wooden spoon, and a sense of fun and adventure! Ready go! Bang, bang, bang.

BTW, have you heard of a dammit doll? I was given one for New Year's. It's a doll you can slam against anything and get out your aggression. I haven't slammed her yet, probably because I have a pomegranate in the house! And I have no aggression. It's only January. There's plenty of the year left. LOL







Chicken pomegranate quiche

         
(Serves 4-6)

         1 cup chopped, cooked chicken breast (8 ounces)
         1 cup shredded Swiss or Gouda cheese (4 ounces)
         1/4 cup chopped onion  
         1 tablespoon cornstarch
         1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional
         1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
         1 (9 inch) unbaked deep-dish pastry shell (gluten-free, if necessary)
         
3 eggs, beaten
         1 1/4 cup 2% milk
         1/4 cup cream

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Remove pomegranate seeds from shell (see below). Cook and dice chicken.

In a medium bowl, stir together chicken, cheese, onion, cornstarch, 1/4 cup of the pecans (if desired), and pomegranate seeds. Spoon into pastry shell.




I opted not to put pecans in this version!

In another bowl, beat eggs with milk and cream. Pour over the chicken mixture. Top with remaining pecans (if desired).


Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes, or until done.




I did include pecans in this version!

Giveaway!

Your choice of a CHEESE SHOP MYSTERY plus some fun swag!  Tell me what your favorite CHEESE treat is and leave your email so I can reach you if you win. If you don't feel like leaving an entire email, you can go cryptic and I'll try to figure it out. I am a mystery writer, after all. I will not use your email for any other purpose other than to contact the winner. I'll pick a name tomorrow morning. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me.

Good luck!

Savor the mystery!

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64 comments:

  1. My favorite cheese treat would be cheesecake. Thank you for the recipe. It looks good.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Jen, cheesecake ranks right up there with one of the world's all-time great foods!

      Daryl / Avery

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  2. Fabulous quiche recipe! My favorite cheese treat = pizza with pears and gorgonzola cheese. EMS591@aol.com

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  3. I like macaroni and cheese. Thanks for the chance!
    jslbrown2009(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. I'd have to say pizza or mozzarella sticks with marinara dipping sauce is one of my favorites, or a nice cheesy grilled cheese panini sandwich. Basically, I'll eat just about anything with cheese in it. Thx for the giveaway opportunity.

    Lauigl [at] carolina [dot] rr [dot] com

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    1. Laurie, these make a great appetizer, don't they, for adults and kids!!

      Daryl / Avery

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  5. recipe sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance! dm_richards@yahoo.com

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  6. i'm such a fan of pomegranates. Did you know that they sell the seeds ready to use? I've even bought them as a snack! I never thought about pairing them with cheese, but why not?

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    1. Krista, no, I didn't know this. Wow. Where have I been? But then I'd lose the fun of the bang. LOL

      Daryl / Avery

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  7. When it comes to cheese...pretty much everything! One of my favorite foods, though, is macaroni and cheese. patucker54 at aol dot com

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    1. Patricia, I'm sharing mac and cheese soon. There's an appetizer I put in this book that is scrumptious and easy!

      Daryl / Avery

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  8. That quiche is picture perfect.
    The pomegranate seeds add a lovely color burst.

    Favorite cheese treat? I have homemade bread (various varieties) spread with peanut butter and covered in sharp cheddar. I survived college with those ghastly peanut butter cheese crackers from the vending machines! This is SO much tastier!!!

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    1. Libby, they are pretty, aren't they? Funny thing. The quiche lasted a few days. I know, how could it, but it's just two of us in the house. Well, the pomegranate color vanished. It must have leeched into the quiche. Tasted the same but the "pretty" was gone. Magic.

      Daryl / Avery

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  9. The quiche looks delicious and I can't wait to try banging on a pomegranate! My favorite cheese treat is simple--Port Salute spread on good, crusty bread. Yum. thompson.lindaa@gmail.com

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    1. Linda, the banging is totally fun! Promise.

      Daryl / Avery

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  10. Wonderful recipe. My favorite cheese treat is a baguette slathered with mild cheddar and almond butter. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, a combo with almond butter. Sounds very tasty. My husband would love this!!

      Daryl / Avery

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  11. I like quesadillas. (But my doctor says I'm not supposed to eat them anymore) lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Linda, pooh. So sorry. Because they're fried or because of the cheese? In my stories, Pépère is supposed to watch his diet. He nibbles on small morsels of cheese to satisfy the craving.

      Daryl / Avery

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  12. My favorite cheese treat?? A nice cheese plate with a glass of wine.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. And a good book to read! Or the sound of birds twittering. A waterfall. Ah, yes. Bliss.

      Daryl / Avery

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  13. Warm crusty French bread, spread with butter, topped with bleu d'Auvergne. With red wine, figs or dates, and walnuts. little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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    1. Lil, you have a spectacular meal going on here! Thanks for the suggestion. :)

      Daryl / Avery

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  14. I love this combo, Avery! And I cannot narrow cheese treats to only one.

    Hugs.

    MJ/VA

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    1. MJ, neither can I. Manchebo, adore it. A room temp Gouda (good quality), oh, wow! :)

      Daryl / Avery

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  15. I love A good sharp cheddar, but most cheeses are great. suefister109@netzero.net

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    1. I've been researching cheddar because my next title is For Cheddar or Worse. Yum, yum! I adore cheddar.

      Daryl / Avery

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  16. I like pizza but unfortunately I have a problem with dairy.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Sandy, I know. I'm sorry. I have a problem with wheat (celiac) and I miss out on a lot of treats, too. Hopefully you can enjoy the characters in my stories. And I often have recipes that don't contain any dairy! :) Hugs.
      Daryl / Avery

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  17. Your quiche has whet my appetite. A cheese treat would be a grilled cheese on a crusty thick slice of home made whole wheat bread. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. As you very well know, I love a good grilled cheese. I go with the gluten-free bread, which works really well with grilled cheese. :)

      Daryl / Avery

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  18. Well, you can't go wrong with quiche. And then there is always nachos and chili cheese potatoes and mac & cheese and pizza - but when I really want cheese then I just want to find a complementary cracker and have little bites of the cheese.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Sally, you're right. Cheese and cracker or just cheese! I'm all for it. :)

      Daryl / Avery

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  19. Mac and cheese! I also love fresh mozzarella and tomato. alyssa_mcneil@yahoo.com

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  20. Homemade macaroni and cheese-a feast for the eyes and the belly! Serious comfort food! Thank you for the contest!

    woodrumbetty@gmail.com

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  21. Love quiche. Don't think I've ever had a pomegranate.
    My favorites are macaroni and cheese with hamburger mined in. My son-in-lay calls it Chef's Surprise. I also make a dish with 3 or 4 kinds of melted cheese, sour cream, and chicken. this gets put over spaghetti. When you are finished you want to be sure you don't have a cholesterol test coming up soon. This was a recipe I concocted from something I saw on TB.
    txmlhl@yahoo.com

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    2. Should say MIXED in, not mined in.
      Also not TB - should be TV.

      bad fingers. They are cold and don't want to go where they should.

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    3. Mary, LOL. My fingers do the same things as yours sometimes! The chicken-cheese recipe sounds amazing.

      Daryl / Avery

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  22. I love grilled cheese sandwiches! Pizza also, love a good cheesecake! Have not had quiche. I will have to try it. angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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    1. Quiche is so much fun. It's elegant, but easy! And psst. Men DO eat it. :)

      Daryl /Avery

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  23. I would have to say Swiss is my favorite. Sliced up with some apple slices and crackers for a snack, in a nice hot ham and cheese. Yum!
    kim
    kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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  24. My favorite cheese treat is an outstanding grilled cheese..... or a great macaroni and cheese.
    afarage(at)earthlink.net

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    1. Alicia, a great grilled cheese can be art - same with the macaroni and cheese.

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  25. I'm a sucker for a good fondue. Mmmmmmm

    llcejka at gmail dot com

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    1. Lisa, I adore fondue!!! Especially on new year's eve!

      Daryl / Avery

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  26. Love that trick with the poms, and this quiche looks beautiful, what a great combination of flavors and colors. Saying cheese as you countdown to your new release! ~ Cleo

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  27. Hmmm...narrow it down to one? Cheesecake, but that's closely followed by quiche, mac and cheese, almost anything with cheese,......
    kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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  28. Creamy Alfredo sauce is my very favorite. On fettuccine or ravioli or tortellini. Mmmm....

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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  29. Just about anything with cheese is my favorite!
    dm_richards@yahoo.com

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  30. My favorite is chili rellanos casserole, it had peppers cheese and eggs, yummy!!---Rae

    raco774 at yahoo.com

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  31. My favorite cheese treat is sliced Asiago. It's wonderful with apples.

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  32. one word: PIZZA!!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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