When my daughter, Olivia, and her best friend, Katie, were young I had a children's cookbook with some really good recipes in it. One that was a particular favorite of the girls was Little Quiches. Now that our great-niece Elizabeth is about the same age, we have gotten out the same cookbook to try some of the recipes!
The great thing about quiche is that you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and appetizers. Elizabeth was new to quiche so she was learning the process without ever having seen it or tasted it! :D
The Cast of Characters includes Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, milk, eggs, butter, ketchup, salt, onion, Canadian bacon, and grated parmesan cheese. To make 12 little quiches, the recipe calls for:
1 tube of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (8 rolls)
1 1/2 cup milk
1 T. ketchup
1/2 t. salt
1 cup diced ham or Canadian bacon
2 T. diced onion
4 T. butter
6 T. grated parmesan cheese
Begin by setting the oven to 375 degrees. Spray Pam in each of the 12 muffin cups. We use the spray outside the kitchen slider to keep the cloud of oil out of the kitchen.
The tube of crescent rolls is pre-divided into 8 triangles. This turned out to be a great math lesson for Lizzie because we needed 12 sections of rolls for the muffin pan. We rolled out the dough, and made our own two cuts on the dough, instead of following their one perforation which divided the dough in half.
With our two rows cut, we divided the dough into three sections of four rolls each. With a little additional pinching off here and adding there, we got 12 pieces of dough that were roughly the same weight. Don't be too concerned about this; only a small piece of dough is needed for each quiche.
Put a piece of dough into each cup, flattening them to cover the bottom and working up the sides a bit. Take a fork and poke little holes around in each piece of dough. Put the muffin pan into the oven to pre-bake the dough for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned..
Dice the onion into very small pieces...
Dice the Canadian bacon or ham into small pieces as well.
Put the butter into a frying pan and add the onion.
Add the Canadian bacon or ham and saute together with the butter and onion. Right about now this dish is starting to smell really good!
Now go over to the mixer and crack the eggs into the bowl.
Pour the milk in...
Add the salt...
Also the ketchup....
Mix all together into a custard-like filling.
Add in the sauted meat, onion and butter.
Ladle the filling into the muffin cups, being careful to scoop up a portion of meat at the bottom of the bowl into each ladle full.
Shake enough grated parmesan cheese onto each quiche to cover the tops.
Pop into the oven and bake for 20 minutes or so, until lightly browned and cooked through. Then you'll have to pop one onto a plate, and pop a bite into your mouth as quickly as possible, because honestly, these little quiches are really yummy!!
Here is the Pillsbury Doughboy dancin' for us: