Nov 13, 2013

Bacon, Leek, and Cheddar Mini Quiches

Bacon, Leek, and Cheddar Mini Quiches

These Bacon, Leek, and Cheddar Mini Quiches are perfect for a cocktail party, game day gathering... or even as a friend suggested, a portable breakfast. They can even be assembled in advance and then frozen before baking, and you don't have to serve them immediately right out of the oven.

The combination of the bacon and leek flavors is pretty amazing.

While I made these with puff pastry, they could easily work will with pie crust.

Bacon, Leek, and Cheddar Mini Quiches

Bacon, Leek, and Cheddar Mini Quiches

Adapted from Fine Cooking
Makes 48 mini quiches

Ingredients


¾ lb bacon, medium dice
3 C medium diced leeks, rinsed and drained
1 ¼ C half and half
4 ounces grated cheddar
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 T chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp Kosher salt
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
cooking spray
2 boxes puff pastry

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and place two racks, one in the upper and one in the lower third of the oven.
  2. In a large skillet, fry the bacon until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Pour off all but 2 T of the bacon drippings, and sauté the leeks in the same pan until softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Mix the half and half, cheddar, eggs, egg yolks, thyme, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a medium bowl.
  5. Spray two 24 cup mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry out to about 10 inches by 18 inches.
  7. Using a 3 inch circle cookie cutter, cut the pastry and place each one into the cups of the muffin tins. 
  8. Mix the bacon and leeks and evenly distribute the mixture into the 48 cups.
  9. Evenly distribute the egg mixture into the cups.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes, switching the positions of the muffin tins halfway through.
  11. Cook in the muffin tins for about 5 minutes, and then turn out onto cooling racks. 
  12. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

2 comments:

  1. These are a great idea for party appetizers!

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    1. I took them to an appetizer potluck and they were a big hit!

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