Recipe of the Month

The cooks at our schools aren't the only members of the Opaa! family with culinary flair. In fact, each month we feature frequently requested, unique and tasty recipes submitted by fellow Opaa! employees. We hope you enjoy this month's selection:

Ham and Cheese Quiche

1 9-inch deep-dish pastry pie shell
1 ½ c. grated Cheddar Cheese
1 c. grated Mozzarella Cheese
1 ½ c. chopped Ham
¼ c. finely chopped onion
1/3 c. cup flour
½ t. salt
¼ t. pepper
½ t. crushed basil leaves
¼ t. minced garlic
1 c. milk
4 eggs
Garnish with Roma tomatoes and fresh parsley

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake pie shell 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Gently toss the two cheeses together. In layers, cover the pastry with half the cheese, ham, and onion. Repeat the layers. In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, pepper, garlic, and basil. Gradually pour in milk, blending well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour mixture into pie shell. Garnish with thin slices of a Roma tomato, bacon crumbles, and a few snips of fresh parsley. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Serves 6 to 8

Contributed by: Linda Jones
Director of Development
Springfield, Missouri

CHUNKY PECAN PIE BARS

Crust:
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
½ cup butter, softened
¼ cup packed brown sugar

Filling:
3 large eggs
¾ cup corn syrup
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ¾ cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks (Nestle)
1½ cups coarsely chopped pecans

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 x 13 baking pan

Crust: Beat flour, butter and brown sugar in small mixing bowl until crumbly. Press into pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Filling: Beat eggs, corn syrup, granulated sugar, butter, and vanilla in a medium Bowl with wire whisk. Stir in chocolate chunks and nuts. Pour evenly over baked Crust. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan or wire rack.

Cut into 18 bars.

Contributed by: Robin Paulson
Regional Director of Operations
Nixa, Missouri