Mini Quiches are quick and easy! Here are 12 flavour combinations to try with simple, easy ingredients and bread for the base.
My Zucchini Slice Muffins and Gluten Free Zucchini Slice recipes uses eggs as the primary ingredient. My Zucchini and Ham Muffins are similar yet they use flour. So my mini quiches take a inspo from each of these recipes! We also use eggs as a wash for my Easy Sausage Rolls.
My mum used to make these Mini Quiches all the time when we were growing up. She taught me how to make them and I must have made them a million times by now.
Still to this day, they are one of my all time favourite recipes! Although, I admit our baked brie with garlic appetizer is up there too!
Can I freeze mini quiches
Yes you can!! These mini quiches freeze very well.
I remember mum having batch and batches of them in the freezer, so she could simply heat and have ready to eat.
They are very handy like that!
Freeze these mini quiches for a delicious appetizer that you can pull out when you don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen!
If you want to freeze them I recommend you make them 1st, then freeze them in the pans with freezer bags, so that when you ready to cook them, you simply pull the cling wrap off, then cook from frozen for about 12 mins.
They will last in the freezer for a good few weeks. So they are perfect for unexpected guests also!
Mini Quiches are a small sized version of a traditional large quiche. Quiches often get confused with frittatas or omelettes as they are quite similar with only a few little variations across them.
Generally a quiche has a crust, whereas a frittata does not. An omelette is very similar to a frittata in terms of ingredients and no crust, but it is much thinner and often served rolled up. Whereas both quiches and frittatas are often served as slices from a whole or smaller individual ones.
These mini quiches are an extremely popular party finger food. They are easy to eat and you are going to LOVE them!
For this recipe, we are going to make simple mini quiches, using basic ingredients.
Once you have the hang of them, you will be able to make them again and again using a variety of different ingredient combinations.
How do you make mini quiches
These mini quiches are incredibly easy to whip up!
To make them, you will need a patty pan or dome tin. These 2 types of baking tins, have a rounded shape to them, making it super easy to fill them with your ingredients. They are also a lot less deep than muffin tins, so require less volume to fill them up.
You might have come across this recipe with a different name before. Some people would call them quiche toast cups or know them as bread in muffin tin recipes.
At the end of the day these are all versions of the same thing - recipes for mini quiches. There is no set right or wrong way of doing them and the options of fillings are literally endless!
Ingredients for quiche toast cups
We start with simple ingredients. Fresh and basic. The photo below shows you everything you need.
As you can see, the recipe calls for:
- grated cheese (for the egg mix)
- cherry tomatoes
- cheese (as a filling ingredient)
It is so easy to use a couple of simple ingredients and come up with 12 different mini quiche combinations. Try them all!!
This recipe is flexible as they are so easy to make, so keep in mind with the ingredients set out above, you can make a few more or a few less than 12. We use 1 egg per 12 mini quiches. If you want to make a big batch of them, you will need more than 1 egg, as shown in the photo above.
Step by step instructions
Here are the step by step instructions to make the quiches.
Start by preparing the bread for the bases. You need a knife and chopping board.
As you can see these are the first steps needed to make our mini quiches.
- cut crusts off bread
- use a rolling pin to flatten bread
- cut bread circles out for quiche crusts
- butter crusts to ensure they slide out of the pan easily
You will find that these steps won't take long and in just a few minutes you will have 12 quiche crusts ready to be filled with delicious ingredients!
Next up, we place the quiche crusts into the pan, one by one. The photo below shows you what these steps look like.
To follow the above steps, we make our quiche egg mix
Let's look at the next photo to see how we do that.
- crack an egg into a jug
- whisk it gently
- pour in cream
- add cheese
- stir to combine
- season with salt
- season with pepper
Now we have our quiche batter ready to pour into our quiche bread cups.
Bread Cups Filling recipe
If you have a look at the photos below, you will see the next 2 steps for this recipe.
We need to fill our bread cups with some of the egg mix before adding our various fillings.
The main reason I use this technique and recommend you do as well is because the grated cheese in the egg mix, makes it difficult to do a smooth pour.
So to save our self this hassle, we press our bread into the pan, then fill the crusts with the egg mix, before adding our ingredients on top.
Mini quiche method
At this stage in the process, you will notice that everything is coming together nicely.
Now comes the fun part of creating our different quiche flavors using our ingredients that we talked about earlier.
These combinations are labelled and and shown in the photo below.
Fillings for bread cases
The 12 different ingredient combinations here are ones that you can make from a base of 5 filling ingredients.
The 5 main ingredients to create our quiche fillings are:
- spinach leaves
- cherry tomatoes
When you make these, by all means you can make 12 'spinach and feta mini quiches' or 12 'ham and cheese mini quiches'. But I wanted to show you, how easy it is to vary up your flavours without a lot of fuss and hard work!
Let's have a look at the flavours for our mini quiches, we have:
- Spinach and feta
- Feta, spinach and tomato
- Spinach and tomato
- Tomato, ham, spinach and feta
- Tomato and feta
- Cheese and tomato
- Spinach and ham
- Spinach, ham and tomato
- Feta, ham and spinach
- Ham and cheese
- Tomato and ham
- Cheese, ham and tomato
For further filling ideas try:
- smoked or hot salmon
- pine nuts
Tips for making mini quiches
As we are using butter in the pan, the quiches will slide out very easily when they are cooked.
The below shows you the cooked mini quiches and what they will look like fresh from the oven. You can see that the bread is nicely toasted and a light golden brown colour. It only takes about 10 mins to cook them.
Frequently asked questions
- this recipe uses a 12 hole patty pan try
- there is a lot of flexibility to make more or less quiches
- we use 5 basic ingredients to create 12 different quiche flavours
- the quiche toast cups take less than 10 mins to cook in the oven
- garnish with fresh parsley and shallots on a serving platter
Your quick questions answered
- preheat your oven for a fast cook time
- buttering one side of the bread ensures the quiches will slide out easily
- these mini quiches freeze perfectly and reheat very well
- simply place on a serving plate to offer to guests
- cherry tomatoes are perfect as they can be cut into small pieces
- I recommend diced ham or bacon (saving a little prep time!)
- This is an EASY recipe
It doesn't take too much hard work to impress your guests (family, friends, or little ones) with these. They look fabulous but there are also straightforward and fun to make!
The shallots and parsley add a nice decorative effect when serving your mini quiches without overpowering the simple basic fillings.
How to serve mini quiches
To serve these mini quiches, remove them from the pan and place on a serving plate.
They are best fresh and hot from the oven as the bread is toasted making the texture delightful.
If you want to make a side salad for them, go for it, in my experience this is one of the few recipes that is pretty perfect without too much fancy foot work going on!
If you want inspiration for recipes like this one. I am thinking eggs, bacon, ham and breakfast dishes are right up your alley.
For some further inspiration and to get you cooking, you might want to check out these recipes:
- Tater Tot Breakfast Frittata
- Pumpkin Frittata with ricotta cheese
- Broccoli, Bacon and Cream Cheese Frittata
- Broccoli Bacon Frittata
- Tomato and Feta Frittatas
- Mini Mushrooms Frittatas
and of course, not to forget, our traditional favourites:
Fillings for mini quiches
The ingredient combinations that I have shared with you have been done so that you have both vegetarian and non vegetarian options. For example, vegetarians would love a batch of the spinach and feta mini quiches.
For meatlovers, the ham, cheese and tomato are always a popular choice!
To make easy mini quiches
Whilst the ingredients are listed below, there are a few tips that I want to share to perfect your mini quiches, they are:
Simply tear this into pieces using your hands
Cut these into quarters with a small knife
Cut this into small pieces (about the size of the diced ham)
You can purchase pre diced ham, this is perfect for this recipe as the pieces are the right size
For the cheese combination quiches simply place a small pinch of cheese on top of the egg mix
PIN and save this recipe for later!
- 12 cup patty pan tray
- 6 slices white bread Note 1
- 1 egg free range
- ¼ cup cream
- ¼ cup tasty cheese Note 2
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tsp pepper
Optional filling ingredients
- 80 grams diced ham
- 6 cherry tomatoes
- 12 baby spinach leaves
- 100 grams feta
- 1 tablespoon tasty cheese
- Preheat your oven to 180°C / 350-375°F / Gas Mark 4-5
- Cut the crusts of your slices of bread
- Use a rolling pin to flatten each slice
- Use a cookie cutter to make the quiche crusts, 2 crusts per slice of bread Note 3
- Lay the buttered side of bread into your patty pan cups and press to shape the quiche crusts
- Spoon the egg mix into each quiche crust (repeat to fill all 12)
- Fill your quiches by adding the toppings onto the egg mix (repeat to fill all 12)
- Cook for 10 mins or until bread is toasted and a light golden brown colour
- Note 1 you can use white, wholemeal or multigrain bread.
- Note 2 you can use any type of grated cheese, ie tasty, mozarella, light. These all work well.
- Note 3 I like to get 2 crusts out of each slice of bread. If you start with the cutter right in the corner of the bread and do 1, you will be able to start in the other corner and do the 2nd crust.
- Note 4 I have based the nutritional information off the 12 different quiche flavours I have used in the recipe and photos. The kcal is per individual quiche (ie one mini quiche)
Published 8th Jan 2020, update 14th Aug 2021 with extra tips!
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I hope that you give these mini quiches a go and either make all 12 or a batch of 12 that is your favourite ingredient combination.
If you are having a party or entertaining, these will be like a secret weapon in your pocket. There is a flavour here to suit all tastes.
Entertaining- bring it on, the mini quiches are coming to the party!