Saturday, April 3, 2010

Tiny Spinach Quiches



I have a thing for tiny bite-sized food. Having kids might have something to do with that, but it also makes for the most convenient party food. It doesn't require silverware, rarely even a napkin. You pop it in your mouth, no plate, no commitment, and then you grab a second.

I actually made these today for an Easter Egg hunt. I figured we could use an adult snack in the midst of the sugar frenzy we were about to be surrounded in. Truth be told, they're a bit of work, but they're also fun when you're looking for a nice project in the kitchen to focus on. The pastry is quick and easy to make, but next time I'm just going to buy a pie crust, it will save me a lot of time and work. The best thing about the quiches is that they make a great appetizer, but they'd also be a hit as a breakfast or brunch item. Plus, I love that bright green color, so nice for spring.

Tiny Spinach Quiches
Adapted from Favorite Brand Name Appetizers

Ingredients

Pastry:
3 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup flour

Filling:
5 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup grated Swiss cheese (I used Mont Jack and Mozzarella)
1 small package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
3 eggs
3/4 cup light cream (I used fat free half and half)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. To prepare pastry, cut cream cheese and butter into flour. Form into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap and chill 1 hour. Lightly flour rolling pin. Place pastry on lightly floured work surface, roll out to 1/8 inch thickness and cut into 16 circles with 3 inch biscuit cutter. Line sixteen mini muffin cups with dough circles.

2. To prepare filling, preheat oven to 375. Sprinkle bacon, then cheese, evenly over bottoms of unbaked pastries. Squeeze spinach dry and spread evenly over bacon and cheese. In medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Pour evenly into pastry cups. Bake 30 minutes, or until set.

If you'd like to make this into a pie, pour into 9-inch pie crust.

Smile for the camera kids! Smile! Kids!

Happy Easter!!!

30 comments:

Alissa said...

Those were so so delicious! I'm so glad you brought them! Have you had any luck prying your kids from their chocolate? lol! Love that pic:) Cutie pies!

Stacey said...

Those were SO good! I have to admit, I ate more than one ... but I won't admit how many more :) haha.
I love that picture of the kiddos. So cute!

Heidi said...

Those are adorable and look like spring!!! I'll bet they were worth the extra work. YUMMY! Happy Easter :)

Joanne said...

Mmm yes. Bite size is always more fun. That's why I like mini cupcakes so much!

These look delicious. You got such a vibrant color out of them!

Trish said...

Wow.....very good. I love mini anything and these sound delicous!

♥peachkins♥ said...

Its a good idea to make mini-quiche

Burp and Slurp~! said...

I love this, Teresa! I've been thinking of making mini quiches myself!

Happy happy Easter!

Pam said...

Teresa, your quiche looks delicious! I love the bite-size goodies! Great photo of the kids! Happy Easter!

Sook said...

Oh I love spinach in quiches! They look so great!

Pam said...

What a cute and delicious looking mini quiche. The kids look adorable.

A Year on the Grill said...

very cute easter photo... and love the quiche... need to make these this week!

Erica said...

What a great finger food! Perfect for Easter brunches. Hope you enjoyed the day

Cinnamon-Girl said...

What delicious treats! I would love to pop a few in my mouth! Such yummy treats.

Kathleen said...

I love all things mini too! These look and sound delish. Your kiddos are adorable!!! Happy Easter

Me, Myself and Pie said...

Oooh. Those look so yummy and dainty. I LOVE finger foods, too. I think it's more fun to eat a bunch of little things than one big slab of something.

Ingrid said...

Mine were into their eggs the same way. Because mine are older we put money in them. Yes, the hunting for them was cut throat....LOL

My kiddos would go gaga for those spinach quiches. They love spinach anything.
~ingrid

Michelle said...

LOVE...LOVE...LOVE mini spinach quiche! There's something about making it mini that tastes so good!

Kim said...

I agree, there is something about miniature food that is so inviting. These mini quiches look like some naughty little devils, chockful of all my favorite things.....cream, bacon, cheese...yum! Hope you had a great Easter.

The Blonde Duck said...

Think I could just eat those for dinner?

Maria said...

I love the little quiches!

Barbara said...

OMG. Those are little gems, Teresa! I can't wait to try them. wish I had the recipe yesterday!!

Martha said...

I love quiche and I love all kinds of tiny bite size foods. I could eat like that all the time and never sit down to a full meal. These looks delicious! Hope you had a wonderful Easter :-)

dinnersanddreams said...

I love spinach quiche. The mini ones are so cute!

Nisrine

Chow and Chatter said...

wow love quiches and cute snap I struggle to get Jasmine to look at the camera as well!

Krista said...

Happy Easter to you too! What a lovely little bite-sized snack.

Very cute picture of "the hunters".

theUngourmet said...

I love everything bite sized too! See, if we lived closer, we'd be the bestest of friends! :)

Your little quiches look very scrumptious. I'm glad you had a nice Easter!

Grumpy & HoneyB said...

I LOVE these Teresa! You should submit this to the newsletter brunch contest! I love little bites :)

Diana's Cocina said...

Sounds wonderful! Oh how I would love to have one now!!

Sweet and Savory said...

I love minis too. I just blogged mini meatloaf muffins. Everything is more special as a mini.

Your look artistic with the green pattern.

Lanie said...

I love this and I linked in my Friday Favorites this week. Stop by if you like...

http://www.laniejandco.com/2010/04/friday-favorites-4910.html