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I just opened up an Evite that reminded me of how long it has been since I finished High School – 15 years.

Can’t believe it. 15-year Reunion in August.

In those 15 years I went to college, I worked, I moved, I got an MBA, I worked, I got married, I worked, had a baby girl, and…well…isn’t that enough to brag about when I see my old classmates?

Few days before my high school graduation I went to celebrate at a French restaurant in downtown Chicago. I ordered a quiche that cost $12. The quiche was the size of my thumb. And it was 12 bucks. 12 bucks in 1996… you do the Math.

BUT it was worth it! Oh my goodness, this quiche was just plain amazing; tomatoes, goat cheese, chives – all tucked into a piece of white toasted bread.

I wanted to have one more, but all I had was $20 to spend. My glass of water and the bite-size quiche was all I could afford.

These quiche cups I’ve made for you today are my version of what I had all those years ago. When I first tried to make these, I could not figure out the bread; that is, I could not figure out how to fit it into the cupcake tin. Thank you, Google, for spilling the beans; flatten the bread with a rolling pin!

Butternut Squash, Grape Tomatoes, and Feta Cheese Quiche Cups
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Resting Time
10 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Butternut Squash, Grape Tomatoes, and Feta Cheese Quiche Cups

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: appetizers, butternut squash, sandwiches
Servings: 12 Yields
Calories: 114 kcal
Ingredients
  • olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 12 slices white bread crusts removed
  • 12 grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Toss the butternut squash with some olive oil and spread it onto a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Flatten the bread slices with a rolling pin and tuck each slice into a cupcake tin that’s been coated with cooking spray.
  5. In a medium-sized bowl combine the half-and-half, egg, feta cheese, basil, salt and pepper; whisk until well combined. Set aside.
  6. When the squash is done, mix it together with the tomatoes.
  7. Spoon the squash mixture into the the bread cups.
  8. Spoon the cheese mixture over the squash and tomatoes.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes. If you like it crunchier, let it sit in for another 2 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing the quiche.
  11. Save
Recipe Notes

WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 4

Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash, Grape Tomatoes, and Feta Cheese Quiche Cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 203mg 8%
Potassium 173mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 54.1%
Vitamin C 8.9%
Calcium 12.1%
Iron 6.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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  2. I don’t know about the $12 quiche you had at the time, but those quiche cups look amazing!! They are cute, tempting, and so tasty-looking… I just wish I could have one (or two) right away!

  3. Look how cute these are! Love love anything butternut squash:-) Congrats on these pretty little things making it on the foodbuzz top 9!
    Hugs, Terra

  4. These look so pretty & elegant! I would pay to eat these 🙂 I bet these tasted awesome… Thanks for sharing that great tip about flattening the bread… Makes perfect sense now 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Don’t forget to brag about all the awesome food you make, and the wonderful blog you have with readers (like me) from all over the world!

  5. Thanks for giving us a simpler way to make quiche and Congratulations on another Top 9. You’ve accomplished quite a bit in 15 years, just think of what you can do in the next 15!

  6. Kate, apart from all your accomplishments to brag about to your former classmates don’t forget “amazing food blog”! Love these mini-quiches, and particularly the bread crust instead of pastry. Delicious. Have a great weekend and congrats on another well-deserved Top 9!

  7. I’m also a ’96! We skipped a formal reunion this time around. I love the little quiches. They look like the perfect breakfast to make for overnight guests and to use up those last three slices of stale bread.

  8. These homemade version probably taste much better than the $20 (with inflation) thumb-sized version! Oh, don’t forget to brag about your fab blog at your high school reunion :-).

  9. I love these flavors. Sweet, salty, creamy, and a hint of tart. No wonder you went gaga! And – it’s easy! I have butternut squash growing in my garden and when it’s time, it will be a mini quiche!

  10. You’ve achieved and done so much since high school and within the last 15 years, Kate! 🙂

    What a fantastic idea using bread as the base for these bite size quiche. I luv everything about this…especially the use of feta. Can’t go wrong with feta in the ingredient list!

  11. Such a clever dish! I love it!!! And you can really make it with whatever you have in the fridge! Great recipe! Hehehehe I graduated in 1997… can’t believe it’s SOOOO long ago!!! 😉 But we are still very young… RIGHT?!

  12. And I was just thinking the other day that our 10 year reunion is just a couple years away! It’s funny though, because all of my close friends from high school still remain some of my closest friends today – so I don’t think a reunion would do me any good =)

    But these quiche cups – now those I can get on board with! Sounds like a killer breakfast treat =)

    1. And, dude, $12? Yowzers! I’m so glad it was worth it, though 🙂 I know that feeling. But a lot of the time, I don’t mind splurging on an incredible dish/bite. Some people would think I’m nuts but that just tells you they are not foodies and don’t understand 😉

  13. You know, I’ve only had quiche once and it was not a good experience… but it was partly because the foreign exchange student who was living with me at the time royally screwed up making it! I’ll have to overcome my fear and try it again because your photos really look so delicious!

  14. These look like fun. I just purchased butternut squash, spinach and tomatoes to make a butternut squash and spinach lasagna with a fresh tomato sauce. I love those ingredients. Plus it’s great making them in single servings.

  15. time flies… and you should always brag about your awesome blog too 🙂

    i had quiche once and didn’t like it… maybe it wasn’t made properly or it takes some getting used to. your presentation is beautiful and i am tototally digging that bread cup concept…

  16. Kate, sounds like you have plenty to show off at that reunion – and, in addition, you can SO brag about these. Love the bread cups and filling combo – and I love that you cared so much about food back in the day, too 🙂

  17. Considering that you’re talking a French restaurant in Chicago, no, I’m not surprised. I’m not even going to tell you what my next high school reunion would be. 🙂

    I love these little quiches. I’ve used the bread like that before but it’s been a long time. Amazing how white bread can look so classy, isn’t it? I think I’d take yours over the $12 version as well!

  18. love all the ingredients here! what a beauty quiche! 🙂 using bread slices is awesome! i use pie crust and cut them into circles and stuff them or i use wanton sleeves, but bread is so much more handy and easier to work with!

  19. I am coming up on my 20 year high school reunion next May! Crazy. It truly is amazing how time keeps marching on, no matter how young we feel!
    Yummy little quiches.

  20. You made something savory! And I LOVE it! I love quiche and these little bites are so cute – and a real bargain given that they aren’t 12 bucks each ; )

  21. 15 years! Bit of a shock isn’t it!? I did my 10 year reunion in May of last year and it was a total blast. I hope you end up going 🙂

    Awesome little cuto quiches! Neat tip with the bread flattening too. Isn’t google the best thing ever? Buzzed!

  22. Butternut is my favorite squash, feta is one of my favorite cheeses. And a crust made with bread is an awesome idea! I was wondering what it was last night and thought it would be way more complicated to make than just flatten some bread :P.
    When the heat wave is gone and I can use my oven again, I’ll definitely make this :).

  23. Katarina Clapp Tomic

    Being new to your blog… which is lovely, I have no idea what half and half is and am very keen on trying out recipe so could you enlighten me…?

    1. HI Katarina!
      Half-and-Half is a creamer .. it’s milk, but thicker because the milk is mixed in with cream. I hope that helps! Let me know if you need anything else. Thank you!

  24. Kate..this is a winner alright. Love how simple it could be done and I can imagine how good this is and have KIV it..I am going to make this soon 🙂 I am such a gluton…seeing it on screen is on enough…you have set me on fire and I am going to make this soon ! Thank you and muax for sharing this thumb sized goodness that cost you $12 in 1996 gosh that very pricey ! A winner for sure 🙂

  25. We grew up in the same area! And are the same age! Amazing to look back over time isn’t it? In some ways it’s like yesterday…in others, not so much. I think your quiche cups look better than any I’ve seen. Very impressive! (Not to mention delicious – I could eat way too many of these.)

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