Wednesday, March 28, 2012


4 thick-cut slices bacon
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup masa (corn flour)
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tsp salt, divided
2 pinches of dried ground chipotle powder
3/4 cup olive oil
1 cup heavy cream, divided
6 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1/4 cup milk
6 Hatch green chiles, roasted, peeled and diced
1 bunch green onions, chopped
6 ounces panela cheese (or mozzarella)
2 ounces cotija cheese (or feta)

Dice the bacon and cook it over medium heat in a skillet until it starts to brown - do not cook it fully. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Make the crust: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, masa flour, cornmeal, 1/2 tsp salt, and a pinch of dried chipotle. In a measuring cup, whisk together the olive oil and 1/4 cup of heavy cream. Pour the liquid into the flour mixture and stir with a fork until the dough has just come together. Press the dough over the bottom and up the sides of a large pie plate. The top edge will look a little raggedy; that's fine.

Line the pie plate with a piece of foil, covering all the dough, and add some dried peans or pie weights. Bake the crust 15 minutes, then take it out of the oven. Remove the foil and weights.

While the crust is in the oven, stir together the remaining 3/4 cup cream, the other pinch of chipotle powder, eggs and yolk, milk, diced roasted Hatch green chiles, green onions, cheeses, and cooked bacon. Pour the mixture into the pre-baked pie crust and place the pie plate on a foil-lined baking sheet - this will keep your oven from getting dirty if the pie happens to bubble over.

Bake the pie about 50 minutes, until the center is set and the top is starting to brown. Cool at least one hour before serving.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Erika Penzer Kerekes, In Erika's Kitchen, September 11, 2010

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