Saturday, September 1, 2012

Great For a Light Summer Lunch or Dinner; Hand Held Mini Quiches

For the past few weeks, when I open my fridge I see the long, red box containing two ready made pie crusts. Trying to think of what I can do with them, I remembered the Wilton Mini Pie Pan I had bought and had never used.

 If you don't have one of these pans, you could use a muffin tin.  Just remember to check the cooking time, because the well will be deeper in a muffin/cupcake tin and you may need a minute or two more in the oven. Test with a toothpick, if it comes out wet, keep cooking; if it comes out clean, it's done.

I was more in the mood for quiche than I was for pie, so I gathered up some ingredients that I thought would be good in a quiche and got busy!

Gadgets; Wilton Mini Pie Pan or cupcake tin; whisk, cheese grater or Presto Salad Shredder w/cheese grater attachment; kitchen potato peeler; microwave bacon cooker.  If you do a site search, all can be seen on previous posts or do an Amazon search from my site to bring up any of the products used and shown on my blog.

Flexible Recipe for Mini Quiches

Flexible, meaning you can substitute your personal preferences for meats, cheeses and veggies.

5 medium eggs & 2 Tbsp. water -  whisk until frothy; season with salt and pepper.
Add to eggs:
2 Tbsp. chopped chives
2 strips of cooked bacon - crumbled
2 Tbsp. sauteed onions - salt & peppered.

Pour into four uncooked pie shells. Top each with 2 Tbsp. grated cheese. If using parmesan, use a potato peeler and shave three or four good size pieces on the top.
Bake for 12 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven or until done.
If you are using a muffin/cupcake tin, this recipe will make approximately six mini quiches.
Note: Spray pans with Pam or other cooking spray to insure easy removal.

Wilton Mini Pie Pan from Michael's craft store.
You may find this where Wilton products are sold.

Ingredients for mini quiches.

Five inch copper canister lid was used to
cut out 4 circles from one pre-made pie crust.

Spray with Pam.
Two of the cut out crusts needed to be pieced together.

Four medium/mini quiches.
Two have shaved parmesan on the top,
and two have grated sharp cheddar.

Baked and ready to eat by hand or with a fork & knife.
Serve with soup or salad.

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