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Mini Pepper Jack Quiches

Mini Pepper Jack QuichesSpice up breakfast with these easy, cheesy mini quiches. Great cold or quickly reheated in the microwave for a fast breakfast, snack or appetizer.

This recipe is a good source of protein, calcium and choline.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/4 to 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs or corn tortilla crumbs
Salsa

Custard:
4 large eggs
1/4 cup half-and-half
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese (4 ounces)
1/4 cup drained, canned mild green chilies
1/4 cup sliced ripe olives

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Genersously spray 24 mini-muffin cups with cooking spray. Pat 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crumbs in the bottom of each muffin cup. Tap muffin pan to lightly coat sides of each muffin cup.
  3. Beat eggs, half-and-half, salt and pepper in medium bowl until blended. Add cheese, chilies and olives; mix well. Spoon evenly into mini-muffin cups, about 1 tablespoon each.
  4. Bake in 350°F (175°C) oven until just set, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on rack 5 minutes. Loosen quiches from sides of muffin cups with a thin knife. Remove from cups; serve with salsa.

Makes 24 mini-quiches.

Tips:

  • Make fillings from your favorite foods or from leftovers. Use a combination of cheese, meat, seafood or poultry and vegetables. Some classic filling combinations are cheddar cheese and ham.
  • How to tell if it's done. Baked custards should be removed from the oven before the center is completely set. The center will jiggle slightly when dish is gently shaken. Custard will continue to "cook" after it's removed and center will firm up quickly. Overbaked custard may curdle. The knife test: Test for doneness with a thin-bladed knife. Insert knife about 1 inch from the center of a one-dish custard; midway between center and edge. If knife is clean when pulled out, the custard is done. If any custard clings to the blade, bake a few minutes longer and test again.
  • Cheese fillings: Quiche fillings containing cheese may continue to test "wet" even after they are done. Tap or gently shake the dish; remove quiche from oven when the center is almost set but still jiggles a bit.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/24 of recipe): Calories: 116; Total Fat: 8 g (Saturated fat: 4 g; Polyunsaturated fat: 1 g; Monounsaturated fat: 2 g) Cholesterol: 111 mg; Sodium: 255 mg; Carbohydrates: 3 g; Dietary Fiber: 0 g; Protein: 7 g; Vitamin A: 386.5 IU; Vitamin D: 0 IU; Folate: 14.3 mcg; Calcium: 103.3 mg; Iron: 0.7 mg; Choline: 64.6 mg.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the American Egg Board (AEB) and Egg Nutrition Center (ENC).