Monday, January 23, 2012

Mini Bacon and Dill Quiches

Looking for something just a little different for your guests? Look no more!  

These bite size quiches are savory, pretty and so, so easy! Simply use your imagination to try different flavors. 

And, you want to know something else? These can be made a day ahead if kept refrigerated--the dream of every hostess. Simply reheat in a 400 degree oven for about 5 minutes.

Entertain & Enjoy!

Here's my recipe:

Look at how gorgeous these savory bit-sized quiches are!!
1/3 cup bacon pieces, finely crumbled
3 tablespoons fresh dill sprigs, finely chopped
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Here is what I did:
Bacon and fresh dill line the floor of muffin cup.
1. Place one oven rack in the top third of the oven; preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray one 24-cup muffin tin with non-stick canola oil cooking spray.

2. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of crumbled bacon pieces into each muffin cup. Top bacon bits with a generous pinch of chopped fresh dill; set aside.

3. Place cornstarch in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the lowest setting and pouring the milk into cornstarch in a steady, thin stream until very smooth, scraping the bottom of the bowl occasionally. Add whole egg and egg yolk; mix again until smooth. Stir in  heavy cream, salt and cayenne pepper.

4. Pour approximately 2 tablespoons of egg mixture gently over bacon and dill in each of the 24 muffin cups. Place in preheated oven. Bake for 15 to18 minutes or until puffy and golden on top. Remove and place muffin tin on cooling rack. Allow to cool to 20 minutes. Carefully run a mini Teflon spatula around the rim of each muffin. Cautiously lift each out with an offset spatula.

Servings: 12            Yield: 24 mini quiches

Oven Temperature: 350°F                  Total Time: 48 minutes

81.39 Calories Per Serving

Authors Notes:

Finely grated cheese of choice that melts  makes a nice addition. Just place approximately 2 teaspoons in each muffin cup on top of bacon and dill BEFORE adding egg mixture.

For a change of pace and flavor, substitute freshly chopped rosemary for the dill. A herb combination of 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil, 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano and 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme gives these savory bites an Italian flair, especially if used in combination with Parmesan Reggiano cheese.

Author: Dr. Jacquelyn P. Horne
Copyright: 2011

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