I love quiche do you? For years, I’ve looked for a simple recipe that can be made with or without a crust. This recipe fits the bill. Mini Lunchbox Quiches are good enough for your work lunch or for an appetizer for a small group.
Mini Lunchbox Quiches Easier Thank They Sound
This recipe is considered to be Medium in difficulty though I felt it was easy. It doesn’t take long to prepare less than 20 minutes. The bake time is also less than 20 minutes and it makes 12 mini quiches
What you need to make Mini Lunch-Box Quiches:
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3⁄4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 1⁄2 cups milk [No non-dairy substitutes worked for me]
1⁄8 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
1⁄3 cup grated cheese, such as cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Havarti
Optional: diced protein like bacon, beef, ham, or chicken. Thinly cut slices of spinach leaves, broccoli tops, or diced onions. The pieces must be tiny.
- Heat the oven to 400°F. Line a muffin pan 5-inch parchment squares.
The crust which is optional in my opinion. I also made a crustless Paleo food. If you desire crust see below.*
- *In a medium bowl, blend the flour and ¼ teaspoon of the salt. Stir in the melted butter until the flour is completely moistened and then set aside.
- In a large glass measuring cup whisk together the eggs, milk, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper.
- *Put 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture in the bottom of each lined muffin cup. Push it down flat with your fingers so it covers the bottom from edge to edge.
- *Sprinkle the cheese evenly on top of the little crusts if using the flour and then carefully pour the egg mixture on top, filling the cups two-thirds full.
If not making a crust, lightly spray the liners with olive oil from a mister, sprinkle the cheese evenly over the oil, and then carefully pour the egg mixture on top, filling the cups two-thirds full.
- Drop in a few pieces of your optional protein or vegetables. You may have to use less egg if you add heavier or larger pieces. I recommend ½ full cups and 2-3 tiny tidbits of protein and vegetables. My favorite is a few bits of Turkey bacon and onions each.
- Bake until the eggs are set and lightly browned on top, 18 to 20 minutes. Eat warm, refrigerate for later in the week, or freeze for another day. Again these are great for an appetizer or a small brunch group.
One Recipe Many Quiches
You can add other spices like a Mexican blend and then top with Salsa when you serve them. Try bacon or chicken with onions or spinach and serve with Green Chili Sauce. We made some with crumbles of Italian sausage, used mozzarella cheese, and onions topping them with a marinara sauce. The ideas are endless.
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