Two bites of smoked salmon, nestled in flaky pastry along with with herbed eggs, goat cheese, and dill for a glorious brunch treat.
Friends, I love brunch. Brunch is my favorite meal because it combines all the greatness of breakfast with just a dash of lunch, and as an added bonus, it is not served early in the morning.
One of best parts of a big brunch spread is the quiche. Quiche is my favorite. The only thing better than a quiche…is a mini quiche! But when that mini quiche is chock full of smoked salmon and herbed goat cheese? Well, something about that flavor combination reels me in every single time.
Get it? Reels. Salmon. Fish joke. Heh, heh.
(tap, tap) Is this thing on?
These mini quiche bites blend the luxury of smoked salmon with the creamy tang of goat cheese to make a wonderful addition to any brunch menu. The bite-sized quiche are fun to eat, and incorporate instant portion control! That way there is plenty of room on the plate for a variety foods.
Besides, brunch isn’t brunch without a healthy representation of eggs.
Not only do I have a fab new recipe to share, but I am very excited to be partnering with Land O’ Lakes Eggs in featuring Bite-Sized Brunch ideas. Now y’all know that Land O’ Lakes Butter holds a special place in my heart. They know butter, but did you know that Land O’ Lakes offered Eggs? I had no idea! But I was glad to hear about it, because they made my Smoked Salmon Quiche Bites the star of my brunch.
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To make Smoked Salmon Quiche Bites, you’ll need: 1 recipe for No Excuses Pie Dough, milk, eggs, herbed goat cheese crumbles, kosher salt, dried dill, and thinly sliced smoked salmon.
Preheat the oven to 375° F.
Dice the smoked salmon, and set it aside.
Whisk until the eggs are well combined. Or, if you’re in a hurry like me, bust out the immersion blender and run it on speed 1 for 5 seconds and be done with it. Some days require expediency.
Roll the pie dough out on a well-floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Use a 2-inch round biscuit cutter to cut 24 circles of pastry. Piece together and re-roll the dough, as necessary.
Place each of the pastry circles into the well of a mini muffin pan. I find it helps to elevate a pinky while situating the pastry. I hear that’s how the Pastry Chefs do it.
Okay, I totally just made up the pinky thing. 😉 Just make sure the dough makes full contact with the the bottom and sides of each well or it will shrink while baking.
Place a half-teaspoon of herbed goat cheese into each pastry.
Then add a little of the chopped smoked salmon.
Give the egg mixture a quick stir to redistribute the seasonings.
Pour the egg mixture into the pastry cups until they are 3/4 of the way full. Bake at 375° F for 15 minutes, or until centers are set and the pastry edges begin to brown.
Let quiche cool for 10 minutes in the pan before running a thin knife around the edges to loosen the pastries.
Pop the quiche out of the pan and transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or allow to cool and serve at room temperature.
Smoked Salmon Quiche Bites will be the Bite-Sized Bright Spot of your next Brunch spread.
Smoked Salmon Quiche Bites
Yields 24 Quiche Bites
Smoked salmon is nestled in flaky pastry along with with herbed eggs, goat cheese, and dill for a glorious bite-sized treat.
Prep Time: 20 minutes, Bake Time: 15 minutes, Total Time: 35 minutes
1 full recipe of No Excuses Pie Dough (or 2 rolled refrigerator pie crusts)
2 oz. thinly sliced smoked salmon
2 oz. herbed goat cheese, crumbled
4 medium eggs
1 C. 2% milk
¼ tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. dried dill
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Roll out pie dough on a floured surface to ¼-inch thickness. Use a 2-inch round biscuit cutter to cut 24 circles out of the dough, re-rolling as necessary. Line the cavities of a mini muffin pan with the pastry circles, ensuring that they fully reach the bottoms of the cups, and form a mini-pie shell in the forms; set aside.
Chop the salmon to a 1/4-inch dice. Place ½ tsp. of goat cheese crumbles, and ½ tsp. chopped smoked salmon into the bottom of each pastry lined cup. Whisk eggs, milk, salt, and dill until well blended. (I like to use an immersion blender for this task.) Stir the whisked egg mixture, and pour enough of it in each cup to fill it ¾ of the way full.
Bake for 15 minutes or until centers are set but not cracked or dry. Let quiche bites rest in the pan set on a wire rack for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, gently run a thin knife around the perimeter of each quiche to loosen and pop out of the pan. Serve warm, or cool completely and serve at room temperature.
Notes: Depending on the size of your mini muffin cavities, you may have extra egg leftover. No worries! It makes excellent scrambled eggs for a snack. Recipes easily converts to a full sized 9-inch quiche—place all ingredients in an unbaked 9-inch pie shell, and extend baking time to 30-45 minutes. Also, to make ahead: cooled quiche bites can be frozen in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transferred to a freezer bag. Freeze for up to two weeks. To serve, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, and serve quiche at room temperature.
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