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This week’s energy-saving recipe helps you create delicious and festive Christmas morning mini quiches filled with flavorful ingredients.
Homemade quiche with a golden brown crust and delicious filling is one of my all-time favorite breakfast foods, but making a large one takes a decent amount of cooking time in the oven.
By keeping all the same ingredients, but baking them in muffin tins (both full-sized and mini work with this recipe), cooking time is reduced by 1/3 of the original time. The flavors stay the same, the effort is still minimal, and the end result is super-satisfying! This gives you more time to make your holiday dishes and spend time with your family and friends!
Another time and energy-saving tip for making these quiches for Christmas morning is to choose ingredients requiring as little prep as possible. For example: bacon is a perfect ingredient for quiche, but you don’t want to dedicate lots of time cooking it to get it crispy. Instead, choose a thick slice of ham because it is already cooked and just needs to be diced. You can also buy precooked crumbled breakfast sausage. I have even made this recipe using turkey breakfast sausage and leftover chicken breast meat, and they both work great as well!
Also, the red sun-dried tomatoes and green fresh basil add holiday colors, while delivering flavors that pair perfectly with sliced mushrooms and shredded mozzarella cheese.
These mini quiches are the perfect Christmas morning breakfast or appetizer for the big meal. You can even make them the day before and keep them in the refrigerator until it is time to serve and simply microwave them!
Let’s get cooking!
Christmas Morning Mini Quiches
- 1 Package refrigerated pie crust dough
- 1 c. Chopped ham or breakfast sausage pieces
- ½ c. Portobello or white mushrooms, sliced
- ½ c. Sundried tomatoes, finely chopped
- ¾ to 1 c. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 oz. Fresh basil, sliced
- 4 eggs
- 5 c. Whole milk
- ½ c. Half and half
- ½ tsp. Sea salt
- ¼ tsp. Garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. Ground white pepper
1) Heat oven to 375° F (190° C). Spray each spot in the mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
2) Unfold pie crust dough and lay out on flat surface. Cut pieces off the dough large enough to cover the muffin tin spots and place in the bottom of each cup of the mini muffin tin. They do not have to be perfect around the edges, but do pinch them to make a round base.
3) Sprinkle a small amount of shredded mozzarella cheese in the bottom of each cup on top of the dough.
4) In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, half and half, sea salt, garlic powder, and white pepper.
5) Slowly pour the mixture into each cup. Place a few pieces of meat, a mushroom slice, and a few chopped pieces of sun dried tomato in each spot.
6) Bake in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes – or until the center is set and the crust edges are nice and golden brown.
7) Serve topped with fresh sliced basil for breakfast or save in the refrigerator for appetizers before the big Christmas dinner.
This super-easy, low-energy-use mini quiche recipe can also be made after Christmas using leftovers from the big day! Think about the energy you already use making the ham, turkey, or roast beef you’re serving on the big day and utilize it in this recipe in place of the listed proteins. Genius!
Enjoy your holiday week and let us know what delicious ingredients you will try with this recipe!
Check out more Direct Your Dining recipes the rest of December for other energy saving tips and recipes to prepare this holiday season!
- One-Skillet Beef Tenderloin
- Kettle Corn Snack Mix
- Citrus Turkey and Relish Duo
- Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole
Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan