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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bacon n' Spinach Quiche Cupcakes

 Quiche is such a versatile dish, and easy for freezing and reheating later. Great to eat for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. Change up the veggies and meats and you have endless possibilities.
**Freezing instructions at the bottom of the page.**

Makes 16 cupcake sized quiche

1 cup Gruyere cheese, grated
1cup Swiss cheese, grated
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 10oz package of chopped spinach, thawed and drained
12 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
2 refrigerated pie crust, at room temp
1 teaspoon olive oil
pinch of salt and pepper
pinch of paprika

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

1. On medium heat; heat olive oil in a small skillet and add in onion, once it is soft and transparent add in garlic and cook for 1 minute, remove from heat and set aside.

2. To a blender, add eggs, cream, salt, pepper, and paprika, blend until eggs are beaten.

3. Using a 3in biscuit cutter or glass cut 18 circles out of the pie crust, spray cupcake tins with nonstick cooking spray and place one circle in each tin and press it down so the dough fits about a third of the way up.
4. Start layering on the fillings, add a small pinch of garlic and onion, then about 1/2 teaspoon of bacon pieces, pinch of spinach and about a teaspoon of cheese mixture to each tin. Then pour the egg and cream mixture into every tin almost to the top. 

5. Bake for 20 minutes. Quiche is done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean, run a sharp knife around the edges and let cool for 2 minutes then use a small spoon to scoop out the little quiche's.

**Freezing instructions: Once they have cooled wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then put them in a freezer bag and they will be good in the freezer for 3 months. Great for a quick after school/work snack or even breakfast or dinner. To reheat them straight from the freezer just preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake them on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes, they should look puffy and golden. Be careful they will be HOT. Enjoy :)**

 Pie crust.
Onion, garlic and bacon.
Hot out of the oven!

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