Although popularly thought as being of French origin, the quiche actually originated from Germany. The word quiche came from the German word kuchen which means “cake.” Today, it is a popular savory custard dish consisting of a pastry crust and a filling made of eggs and cream or milk.
Making a quiche usually involves tediously putting together a pie crust and baking. However, for busy office workers who want to have tasty and out-of-the-ordinary lunch, a jar lunch of crustless quiches can be very delicious and filling. These are also easy to make and can be readily reheated in your office pantry's microwave oven.
Using eight half-pint wide mouth mason jars that you have at home, you can make a lunch treat for you and your office buddies, with your choice of three equally sumptuous fillings.
First you need to prepare the fillings. The ingredients for each filling are given below:
- Rosemary Tomato Filling
- 8 medium tomatoes, pre-roasted for 35-45 minutes in a 450° F oven until carmelized and roughly chopped
- 2 cups of halved, thinly sliced onions, sauteed in 1 tablespoon of butter until soft and golden in color
- 1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary, torn into small pieces
- 4 ounces of crumbled feta cheese
- 20 ounces of frozen broccoli florets, cooked for 1 minute in boiling water, then drained and roughly chopped
- 6 ounces of sharp cheddar, grated
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
Pea & Leek
- 2 cups of frozen peas, thawed
- 4 medium leeks, sliced (white & light green parts only) and sauteed for 7 to 10 minutes in 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon of fresh thyme
- 3/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
After preparing the fillings, you may begin assembling the quiche. You will need:
- butter for greasing jars
- 12 eggs
- 1 cup of half-and-half
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
Preheat your oven to 350° F. Lightly grease your mason jars and position them in equal distances from each other on a rimmed baking sheet.
In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs and half-and-half, and then season the mixture with salt and pepper. Mix in the prepared fillings along with cheese and fresh herbs or spices as listed above.
Use a ladle to divide the mixture evenly among the eight mason jars.
Bake the quiches in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until set and golden on top. Put on the jar lids after the quiches have cooled completely, then place in your refrigerator.
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