Here’s a healthful and fun mini-meal to make with your children:
Mini-quiches prepared in a muffin tin with a “hash brown “nest” for a crust and filled with your choice of spring vegetables and toppings.
After shredding the potatoes, have the children form the nests in a muffin tin – a perfect task for small fingers. While the nests are browning in the oven, mix up the eggs and cream and chop and sauté the fillings. Sprinkle the fillings into the browned nests, pour in the quiche mixture and bake until the quiches are puffed and set. This is the perfect time for a conversation about the change of seasons: migrating birds, budding trees, emerging daffodils and return of warmth and light.
For the hash brown crust:
4 – 6 potatoes, grated (about 5 dl)
2 – 3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
For the quiches:
5-6 large organic eggs
2 dl organic cream or milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of your favorite grated cheese or crumbled feta cheese
green onions for garnish
Fillings – your choice:
Fresh spinach, washed, trimmed of stems and finely chopped
Sautéed mushrooms, onions, leeks or bell peppers
Steamed broccoli, finely chopped
Crumbled sausage or bacon or chopped ham
Prepare the crust:
- Preheat the oven to 225° C
- Put the grated potatoes onto clean dishtowel. Wrap the towel around the potatoes and squeeze out the liquid. Turn out the potatoes into a bowl and toss with salt and pepper and oil.
- Press about 2 tablespoons of potato mixture into the bottom and sides of a 12-muffin non-stick tin. Ask the children to make a little nest in each mold.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes on the middle rack of the oven until crisp and golden brown.
Prepare the fillings:
- Chop the fillings of your choice rather small. Sauté or roast any vegetables you choose. You can customize the “nests” with different fillings for each person.
- Spoon about 1½ tablespoons of filling into each nest.
Prepare the egg mixture:
- Lower the oven temp to 175°C.
- Whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. It is easier to pour if the bowl has a spout.
- Pour the egg mixture into the nests and sprinkle the cheese on top.
- Bake until puffy and set, about 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes. Loosen the quiches with a knife. Garnish with green onions if you like.