Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Recipe - Mini Quiches - Great for kids!

Mini Quiche

This is a recipe I use frequently for the kids, but I have also made it as an appetizer for parties.  This is a great recipe for kids because they are bite sized and perfect for kiddos fingers and mouths.  This is a great base recipe and you can change up the filling based on whatever is in your fridge or whatever the kids are craving at the time.  I got this recipe from the Food Network website and it is a Paula Deen recipe and before you say anything, I find that this recipe is not as unhealthy as you would think. You can alter the butter content based on your preference and these mini quiches are tasty and quite honestly, when you are feeding picky eaters, anything that is tasty and the kids will eat multiples of - I'll make it again!!  Feel free to change up the ingredients as you see fit.  The filling possibilities are endless.  Let the kids help out too....get them involved and they'll look forward to eating them!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup crushed saltine crackers (I have also used Ritz crackers too)
4 Tbsp (1/2 stick butter), melted (if using Ritz crackers, add less butter)
Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup chopped green onion with tops (red or yellow onion will do too)
Chopped veggies and or meats (rotisserie chicken works great in this recipe) - finely chopped/diced
2 eggs
1 cup Milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup grated Swiss cheese (or use whatever shredded cheese you have on hand)

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 300 F
2.  Combine cracker crumbs and melted butter.  Divide crumbs among mini muffin pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
3.  Saute onion and/or veggies/meat for about 10 minutes in either a little butter or olive oil.  Cool, then divide evenly on top of cracker crumbs.
4.  Beat eggs; add milk, salt, pepper and shredded cheese.  Pour by spoonfuls on top of veggies/meat/onion mixture in muffin tins.  Do not fill to top, as they will run over.  Add extra shredded cheese on top if desired.
5.  Bake until set, about 15-20 minutes.  Do not over bake.  May be stored in refrigerator or freezer.  Warm in oven before serving.

What an easy and quick recipe - the perfect combo for busy moms with not a lot of time on their hands.  Enjoy...