While the birthday of two such estimable hobbits is, in and of itself, more than sufficient cause for a celebration, this is a day to celebrate so much more: Middle Earth, the Nobility of Aragorn, the Wisdom of Gandalf, the Courage of Sam, the Shire itself - in short, all that is at the heart of what we call normal and decent.
For this most merry feast, let us enjoy:
1 unbaked 12-inch pie shell
10 strips bacon, diced
2 medium onions, chopped
3 large eggs
¾ cup cream
8 oz. baby portobellos, roughly chopped
8 oz. white mushrooms, chopped
(you may substitute a pound of whatever mushrooms you can get)
¼ teaspoon white pepper
1 cup cheddar cheese
1. Saute the bacon until nearly done, then add the onions.
2. When onions are transparent, add mushrooms and saute just a little.
3. Put about half the cheese in the bottom of the pie shell. Pile on the sauted ingredients with a slotted spoon, leaving the bacon grease behind. [Put the grease on the dog’s food
because it has onions in it and shouldn’t go into the bacon grease jar, but the dog will benefit greatly.]
4. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
5. Beat the eggs lightly and add the cream and white pepper.
6. Carefully pour over the other ingredients---if it won’t quite fit, give the leftovers to the dog.
7. Put the pie on a baking sheet and transfer to a 350 degree oven.
8. Bake until set, about 25 minutes or so.
9. Serve with baby spinach salad with a light dressing and wash down with a good ale (beer). One pie will not feed more than four---it is just too good!
With special thanks to Syler Womack for this submission, which is entirely hers!
"By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!"