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Wednesday, March 27 2013

These easy appetizers start with purchased pie crusts. Make them mini treats for a special occasion buffet or create one large quiche in a tart pan.



Individual Ham and Cheese Quiches
Recipe from 
Servings: Makes 8 individual servings
Prep Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
     15-ounce package  rolled refrigerated unbaked piecrust (2 crusts)
    1/2  cup  shredded Italian cheese blend
    1/2  cup  finely chopped sweet red pepper
    1/4  cup  finely chopped peppered or smoked cooked ham
     tablespoon  thinly sliced green onion or 1-1/2 teaspoons snipped fresh chives
    1-1/2  teaspoons  all-purpose flour
    1/4  teaspoon  Italian seasoning, crushed
    1/8  teaspoon  salt
    1/8  teaspoon  ground black pepper
       eggs, slightly beaten
    1/2  cup  half-and-half, light cream, or milk
        Fresh herb springs, such as basil, oregano or thyme (optional)
Let piecrusts stand at room temperature according to package directions. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut each piecrust into four equal sections (eight sections total). Press sections of piecrust onto the bottom and up the sides of eight, 4-inch fluted individual tart pans* with removable bottoms. Trim excess dough from top of pans.
Line each pastry shell with a double thickness of foil. Place pans on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 7 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 2 to 3 minutes more or until pastry is set and dry. Remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
In a medium bowl combine shredded Italian cheese blend, red sweet pepper, ham, green onion, flour, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Divide mixture evenly among pastry shells.
In the same bowl beat together eggs and half-and-half. Pour egg mixture over filling mixture in each pastry shell. Bake for 20 minutes or until filling is set. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. If desired, top with a fresh herb sprig.
Makes 8 individual servings
To make one large quiche: Line a 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom with one piecrust (reserve remaining piecrust for another use). Line with double thickness of foil. Bake in 400 degrees F. oven for 7 minutes. Remove foil; bake 8 to 9 minutes longer or until pastry is set, dry and lightly browned. Sprinkle cheese mixture evenly in shell. Pour egg mixture over cheese. Bake in 325 degrees F oven for 30 minutes or until set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
nutrition information
Per serving: Calories 317, Total Fat 20 g, Saturated Fat 9 g, Cholesterol 102 mg, Sodium 391 mg, Carbohydrate 28 g, Fiber 0 g, Protein 6 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 20%, Calcium 8%, Iron 3%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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