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For years I struggled with making a solid pie crust. I followed my mom’s pie crust recipe to the letter, and it always looked perfect right up until that moment that I tried to wrangle it into my pie plate. It all went south from there…
When I say “years,” I really do mean YEARS. I’d nearly given up on ever turning out a perfect pie, and then just last year it finally dawned on me. My mom’s recipe was written to produce two 9-inch pie crusts (or one double 9-inch crust). But I’ve always used my beloved Fiesta pie bakers — which are 10 3/8-inches deep dish bakers. Doh!!!
I’d been rolling my crusts way too thin in an attempt to make them fit my extra large pie dish. Simple fix — I rewrote the recipe to double the amount of dough, and now all is well. Well, almost… Now, I often find myself with some excess crust trimmings, and I hate for the to go to waste.
What To Do With Pie Scraps?
My mom always formed her pie scraps back into one crust, brushed it with a little melted butter, sprinkled it with cinnamon and sugar, and then rolled it up like a strudel. But I saw another idea in the recent November issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine that involved using mason jar lids as mini pie tins to bake pie scraps up into mini quiche.
I gave it a try on Thanksgiving morning, and it’s a totally brilliant idea! Just cut 4-inch rounds from the scraps and fit them into standard sized Mason jar lids. Line them with parchment paper and fill with dried beans to blind bake the crusts.
Ham & Cheese Mini Quiche Recipe Filling
I figured I could adapt the filling from my popular mini spinach quiche; however, I soon discovered that we were out of bacon. But I did have a package of NatureRaised Farms® ham on hand, and it was the perfect substitute.
Just like the NatureRaised Farms bacon I shared recently, NatureRaised Farms ham is minimally processed and uncured. The ingredients list is only six items long: uncured ham, water, vinegar, turbinado can sugar, sea salt and celery. Find it in the refrigerated section at Sam’s Club.
NatureRaised ham is SO good! We’ve been enjoying it on cold cut sandwiches recently, but its thick cut lends it to many other uses, as well — like this quiche recipe…
I sautéed the ham and a bit of onion in butter to really bring out their flavor. After blind baking the crusts, I filled each with about a tablespoon of the ham and onion mixture, and then topped that with a heaping tablespoon of shredded mozzarella cheese.
Finally, I poured the quiche mixture (a simple combination of eggs and sour cream) over the top and baked the quiches for an additional 15 minutes.
These yummy mini quiche didn’t even survive the cooling rack! It’s safe to say they were an absolute hit, and I have a feeling that next time I’m going to have to make a separate crust just for these.
Of course, you could always just pick up a refrigerated pie crust at the grocery store. Why wait until you have pie scraps to give them a try?!
These ham & cheese mini quiche are excellent the next day, so if you want to make them ahead of time for a holiday brunch, go for it! They’re also a fantastic way to use up leftover ham from Christmas, Easter, Sunday dinner, etc.
Use this store locator to see if a Sam’s Club near you carries NatureRaised Farms bacon!