July 7, 2016

Gruyere, Onion and Bacon Mini Quiche

On the Menu Today~
Gruyere, Onion and Bacon Mini Quiche

Fast, Easy, and Delicious..
Besides being a wonderful appetizer,
Quiche are great served for breakfast,
brunch, lunch or dinner.
I've found, even kids love these little
mini quiche as much as adults do~

Quiche Facts:

Quiche [KEESH]
This dish originated in northeastern France in the region of Alsace-Lorraine. It consists of a pastry shell filled with a savory custard made of eggs, cream seasonings and various other ingredients such as onions, mushrooms, ham, shellfish or herbs. The most notable of the savory pies is the quiche Lorraine, which has crisp bacon bits and Gruyere cheese added to the custard filling. Quiche can be served as a lunch or dinner entree, or as a first course or hors d oeuvre.

Gruyere, Onion and Bacon Mini Quiche

  • 6 strips bacon, diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 packages (4 total) refrigerated pie crusts, room temperature (follow package directions) 
Cooking Directions
  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each pie crust to about 1/4 inch thickness. With a circular 3" biscuit cutter, cut out circles from the pie crust dough. To keep biscuit cutter from sticking to the pie crust dough, dip it occasionally in flour. Press each pie crust circle into a mini muffin pan. Use a fork to flute the edges at the top or use a sharp knife to cut the edge flush with the top of the muffin tin.
  2. Fry the bacon in a large skillet, remove and set aside. To the drippings, add the butter and the onions and cook over medium heat until the onions are soft. Reduce the heat to low and add the thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often until the onions are golden and caramelized. Allow to cool, divide the onions among the mini muffin pans. Top with the crisped bacon.
  3. Grate the cheese and divide among the shells. Whisk together the eggs and cream, season with a pinch of nutmeg. Pour the mixture over the onions, bacon, and cheese in each shell to just below the top of the pie crust.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the egg custard is set and the quiches are golden brown on top. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Garnish with snipped chives.

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