Mini Quiche 4 Ways

Many nights, I have about a half serving of vegetables left over. What do you do with a couple of tablespoons of cooked broccoli or spinach no one had room for at dinner? What about that odd slice of ham, or the extra slice of prosciutto that you didn't need for a recipe? Here's a way to use up lots of little "extras" and jazz up your weekend brunch.

1
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 mini quiche

Ingredients

  • 16 (4 inch) frozen tart shells, thawed

  • 8 tablespoons grated Cheddar cheese

  • 2 slices cooked bacon

  • 4 tablespoons diced green bell pepper

  • 4 tablespoons diced ham

  • 4 tablespoons chopped, cooked broccoli

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, divided

  • 8 tablespoons grated Gruyere cheese

  • 4 tablespoons cooked onions

  • 4 tablespoons cooked mushrooms

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder, divided

  • 2 thin slices prosciutto, diced

  • ¼ cup cooked chopped spinach

  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 6 large eggs

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 medium cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise

  • 4 teaspoons diced red onion

  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh parsley

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh basil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a 12x18-inch baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place tart shells on the prepared baking sheet and prick the sides and bottoms with a fork.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes. The partial cook will help keep the pastry crispy on the bottom. Allow shells to cool slightly, in the pan, about 10 minutes.

  4. To make the mini-quiches: when shells are cooled but still warm, place 1 tablespoon Cheddar cheese in the bottom of 8 of the partially-baked tart shells. To 4 of the Cheddar-filled shells, add 1/2 piece of bacon, crumbled, and 1 tablespoon bell pepper. To the remaining 4 Cheddar-filled shells, add 1 tablespoon diced ham, 1 tablespoon broccoli, and 1/8 teaspoon thyme.

  5. Place 1 tablespoon Gruyere on the bottom of remaining partially-baked tart shells. To each of 4 of the Gruyere-filled shells, add 1 tablespoon cooked onion, 1 tablespoon of cooked, minced mushrooms, and 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder. To each of the remaining Gruyere-filled shells, add 1/4 of the diced prosciutto, 1 tablespoon cooked spinach, 1/8 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend, and a pinch of nutmeg, if using, to taste.

  6. Briskly stir eggs together with cream, salt, and pepper in a medium mixing bowl. Pour 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of the egg mixture into each of the 16 filled shells.

  7. Top the bacon/bell pepper mini quiches with a cherry tomato half. Top the ham/broccoli mini quiches with 1 teaspoon diced red onion. Top the onion/mushroom mini quiches with 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley, and top the prosciutto/spinach mini quiches with 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh basil.

  8. Place mini quiches in the oven, and reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake until the egg mixture is set and the crust is lightly browned, 30 to 35 minutes. Allow to cool on a rack, about 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Cook's Notes:

Don't like these combos? Mix or match your own! Diced asparagus can swap for the broccoli, or you might try diced butternut squash or leftover roasted sweet potato. No Gruyere? Use Swiss or Monterey Jack. Have some fun.

To store any leftovers, wrap individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Double wrap to freeze.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

381 Calories
24g Fat
32g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 381
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 382mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 140mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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