These seasonal mini quiches are perfect for entertaining a brunch crowd or for packing in your lunch box.
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (125 mL) cold butter, cubed
1 egg yolk
3 Tbsp (45 mL) ice water (approx.)
1 tsp (5 mL) white vinegar
2 slices bacon, chopped
1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped onion
1 cup (250 mL) chopped Swiss chard
1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded Gruyère cheese
1/2 cup (125 mL) finely diced cooked butternut squash
3/4 cup (175 mL) whole milk or light 5% cream
2 Tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh chives
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
In food processor, pulse flour and butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Whisk together egg yolk, ice water, vinegar and salt; add to food processor and pulse 3 to 5 times or until mixture comes together, adding up to 1 tbsp (15 mL) more ice water if necessary.
Remove from food processor; press together to form disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to scant 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick round. Using 4-inch (10 cm) round cookie cutter, cut out 12 rounds (re-roll scraps once). Fit rounds into greased 12-cup muffin tin. Prick bottoms with fork and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat skillet over medium heat; cook bacon for about 5 minutes or until crisp. Transfer to paper towel–lined plate, reserving pan drippings.
In same pan, cook onion for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden and tender; add swiss chard and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in bacon; let cool.
Sprinkle cheese evenly into pastry crusts. Top with cooked squash and Swiss chard mixture.
In bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, chives and pepper; pour over swiss chard mixture.
Bake on lower rack in oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until egg is set and pastry is golden brown.
Use a large mug, bowl or plastic container to cut the pastry into rounds.
If you are short on time, you can use store bought pie crust.
This classic, one-pan meal is perfect for those nights when you want to treat your family to something delicious and hearty without the big cleanup. For added creaminess, add a generous dollop of sour cream!