Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Mini Cheese and Onion Quiches

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When me and my sister were young, and my mum first went back to work, one of our standard after-school dinners was cheese and onion quiche with jacket potato and salad. It was also one of our first food technology lessons at secondary school- how to make cheese and onion quiche. I vividly recall a girl in my class dropping hers on the way to the oven and spending the whole rest of the lesson mopping up the eggy mess! We took our quiches home and had them for dinner. Mine wasn't half bad, but I probably didn't really eat quiche again until I was first teaching. That was when I first ate the (frankly amazing) quiche that the school caretaker makes for the staff training day lunches.

So, when someone asked me if I would make them a quiche last week, I wondered, why haven't I made one since school? Maybe it's trickier than I remembered? Well, I can tell you that it really isn't difficult at all and, if you use shop-bought pastry, it's even easier!  I made batch of mini cheese and onion quiches with this recipe and then one whole full-sized cheese and onion quiche. The mini ones are bite-sized quiches filled with cheese and onion deliciousness; little mouthfuls of melt-in-your-mouth heaven! If you do want to make a full sized cheese and onion quiche, all you need to do is double the quantities that I've given you and then increase the cooking time to around 25 minutes.

The mini cheese and onion quiches would be perfect for lunch boxes. Add some carrot and cucumber sticks and a yoghurt and you've got one delicious lunch! They would also make great savoury nibbles for an afternoon tea or a party.



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Make Mini Cheese and Onion Quiches

If you need a printable version of the recipe, click here: Printable Mini Cheese and Onion Quiche Recipe

Ingredients

(makes 14-16)

250g shortcrust pastry
1 egg
140ml double cream
80g grated cheddar
1/2 onion
1 tsp olive oil

Method

1. Put a small frying pan on medium heat with a teaspoon of oil. Chop the onion as finely as you can and add to the pan. Cook gently until completely softened and only just browning. you don't want them crispy.
2. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface until it is 1 cm thick.
3. Grease a tart tin with butter and use a round biscuit cutter that is larger than the tart tin moulds to cut the pastry.
4. Push each pastry circle gently into the moulds so that they fit the shape.
5. Beat the egg in a bowl. Continue to beat as you add the double cream.
6. When completely combined, add most of the grated cheese and the onion and give it a good stir.
7. Pour the mixture into each pastry case until about half full.
8. Then use a fork to lift out some of the cheese and onion make sure that each pastry case has some inside.
9. Top up the cases with the liquid until they have half a cm of pastry left above the liquid line.
10. Pop in the oven at 190 (180 fan, gas mark 4) for 10-12 minutes.  When done, the quiche centres will have blown up like balloons, will be browning in places and will have no runny liquid left visible.
11. Remove and leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes. The quiche centres will deflate almost immediately.
12. When slightly cooled, move to a cooling rack.

Enjoy the cheesy deliciousness!


 Mini Cheese and Onion Quiches mixture in the pastry cases

Mini Cheese and Onion Quiche mixture in the pastry cases- close up

Mini Cheese and Onion Quiches straight out of the oven

Cooked Mini Cheese and Onion Quiches on a plate



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6 comments:

  1. This dish is so interesting I never seen anything like this. I'll definitively try it :)

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  2. Oooh I love a good cheese and onion quiche this post has made me want to make some! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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  3. this would go great with many entrees that I can think of what a great combination inside this quiche
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  4. These look lovely - I haven't made a quiche for absolutely ages! #CookBlogShare

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  5. This looks absolutely delicious! We have chickens and I'm always looking for egg recipes!

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  6. These look gorgeous Victoria - though other than having the occassional quiche whilst out I don't recal the last time I made one! #CookBlogShare
    Angela x

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