French Potluck

Bon Apetite!
It's French Night
The French Feast (from the bottom of the photo up): Quiche, Panini, Whipped Potatoes, Baguette, French Onion Tartlets, Mushroom Bourguignon, and Moules Marinieres.

Moules Marinieres by Richard
"Scrub and de-beard 2 lbs of mussels making sure that they are alive and healthy (no opened shells)!
Melt 3 tbsp butter and add 1 chopped shallot and 3 cloves of chopped garlic.
Add 1 c white wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc, but I think that there may be better choices?).
Add the mussels and cover until the mussels open.
Add some fresh chopped parsley and stir."

Mushroom Bourguignon by Natalie
Another wonderful recipe from smittenkitchen; we should let the author know she's inspiring quite a few of our potluck dishes! This was quite the French dish. :-) And vegetarian friendly.

French Onion Tartlets by Patrick & Whitney
A yummy hands on French appetizer by Rachael Ray.
Ingredients: olive oil cooking spray, 12 slices Pepperidge Farm white bread, 2 tbsp butter, 1 tsbp evoo, 2 onions, 1 bay leaf, 2 tsp ground thyme, salt and pepper, 1/2 lb swiss cheese
Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Spray both sides of bread and press bread into small 12 cup muffin tin.
Place bread in oven and toast until golden, 7 or 8 minutes. Remove and reserve.
Meanwhile in a skillet, melt butter into oil. Add onions and bay leaf, season with thyme, salt and pepper. Cook onions until caramel colored, 15 to 18 minutes.
Turn broiler on. Place spoonfuls of cooked onions in toasted bread cups. Discard bay leaf. Cover onions with cheese and set tarts under hot broiler to bubble and brown cheese. Serve hot.

Asparagus, Broccoli, Ham Quiche by Holly
"I don't quite remember the exact amounts of stuff I used because I changed the recipe a bit but i think this is close. 
Ingredients (makes 2 quiches)
2 9" deep dish pie crusts
1 cup small broccoli florets
1 cup chopped asparagus
1 small onion, chopped
~ 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped up ham 
2 cups of shredded cheese (gruyere and swiss mix)
4 eggs
5 cups of whipping cream
salt and pepper
herbs du provence (or nutmeg or other herbs)

Prick the crusts with a fork and bake them at 400 until just golden.
Turn oven down to 375.
Mix broccoli and aspargus in bowl and steam in microwave for 3 minutes until they are just 
barely tender. Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over med. heat. add the onion, stirring occasionally until soft
spread the veggies, ham, and onions evenly on the bottom of the cooled crusts. sprinkle the cheese on top of this (1 cup for each pie). 
In med. bowl, whisk the eggs, whipping cream, herbs and a pinch of salt and pepper together. Pour this on top of the veggies and cheese. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes."

French Panini by David
A yummy sandwich on French bread with spinach, tomato, and cheese. Finished off on (what else?!) the George Foreman!!

Whipped Potatoes by Tim and Ryan
They're holding the recipe hostage... But I know it had feta and lemon zest and was whipped to perfection.

A beautiful French baguette by Tilden.
Every French meal needs a baguette, no?!

Far Breton by Richard
Mix the dry ingredients: 1 c flour, 1/2 c sugar, 1 pinch salt
Add 4 eggs.
Add wet ingredients: 2 c whole milk, 1 tbsp melted butter, 2 tbsp rum (I used vanilla extract)
Place 1 c prunes on the bottom of a baking dish.
Pour batter over the prunes.
Bake for about 35 min at 350 degrees.

French Silk Pie by Tim and Ryan

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