Butternut Squash, Grape Tomatoes, and Feta Cheese Quiche Cups

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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

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WW Freestyle: 4
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Butternut Squash, Grape Tomatoes, and Feta Cheese Quiche Cups
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12 Yields
Calories: 114

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 

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Toss the butternut squash with some olive oil and spread it onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Flatten the bread slices with a rolling pin and tuck each slice into a cupcake tin that’s been coated with cooking spray.
  • In a medium-sized bowl combine the half-and-half, egg, feta cheese, basil, salt and pepper; whisk until well combined. Set aside.
  • When the squash is done, mix it together with the tomatoes.
  • Spoon the squash mixture into the the bread cups.
  • Spoon the cheese mixture over the squash and tomatoes.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. If you like it crunchier, let it sit in for another 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing the quiche.
  • Save

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*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 203mg8%
Potassium 173mg5%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 2705IU54%
Vitamin C 7.3mg9%
Calcium 121mg12%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords: butternut squash, sandwiches, appetizers

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82 Responses
  1. Claudie

    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!

  2. Terra

    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

  3. The Harried Cook

    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!

  4. Sandra

    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!

  5. Hester Casey @ Alchemy in the Kitchen

    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!

  6. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    Congrats on top 9, Kate!!! These are adorable!! I am used to make bread cups mini pizzas 🙂 and that is always welcome at home…

  7. Jenny @ Savour the Senses

    These look so delicious! I love the idea of using bread for the cups, so much easier than messing with dough. Congrats on another top 9!

  8. Adriana

    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.

  9. Maya

    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 :-).

  10. Claudia

    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!

  11. Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    Wow, $12 in 1996 – that’s a lotta dough 😉 Thanks for figuring out the bread for us! Very creative flavor combination, too – butternut squash, yum!

  12. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Those are so cool! I love the idea of using the bread for the crust and the filling sounds absolutely delicious. Funny how the memory of an amazing dish can stick with you for so long 😀

  13. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz

    Very nice quiches and love the bread cups, healthier. Yep we are doing a non official 20th high school class lunch reunion this Saturday. 20?

  14. Cristina

    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!

  15. Dee at Deelicious Sweets

    Kate, these are so so pretty! They would be perfect for a party. Thanks for the recipe and the tip 🙂

  16. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Yeah, my high school days were LONG ago-don’t remind me. 😉

    On a happier note, love these poppy little quiche cups!

  17. Ramona

    I love the use of the bread as the crust! Very Smart! I bet the flavors just pop in your mouth. Delicious! Picture perfect as always. : )

  18. Manu

    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?!

  19. Peggy

    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 =)

  20. Hester aka The Chef Doc

    Ooh, what a creation, Kate! I love the bread idea. Yeah, can you believe how flat bread gets when you roll it out? Genius 🙂 I hope you have a great time at your reunion! You don’t look a day out of college!

    1. Hester aka The Chef Doc

      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 😉

  21. Elyse@ The Cultural Dish

    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!

  22. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    This is a brilliant way to make mini quiche! No crust to roll out! I love it, they are so cute.

  23. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    Oh wow – you graduated in 1996, and it is your 15 year? That means mine is next year. I had no idea! Does that mean we are getting old? So cool that 15 year later you can make this to take you back!

  24. Chef Dennis

    those are calling to me!!! I love all those flavors and what a stroke of genius using the bread as a base, I bet my girls would love something like that!

  25. Vicki Bensinger

    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.

  26. cakewhiz

    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…

  27. Celia

    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 🙂

  28. Malli's Mint and Mimosas

    A brilliant idea and wholesome snack!! Love feta and bnut squash and adore the appearance of these little treats!

  29. elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds

    What a gorgeous, and genius idea for a quiche…bread slices! Wow!
    Totally blows me away…not only pretty, but healthy, and delicious. Love the amazing photos, as well!
    Thanks for sharing:DDD

  30. Adora's Box

    Love the filling mix in this gorgeous little cups. Light but full of flavour. I’m mad about butternut squash. Just love it. Have fun at the reunion.

  31. Lori

    Those little quiches look amazing! I can’t believe how time flies by! You have everything to be proud of when you see your old classmates!

  32. Roxana GreenGirl

    oh my goodness, I love these mini quiche cups. A bite-full of flavors. Roasted butternut, feta ( my love) and grape tomatoes. LOVE it!!!

  33. Lindsey@Lindselicious

    These are brilliant kate! I always have Feta and grape tomatoes lying around the house, now just to get some butternut squash- which sounds like an interesting flavor combo! Super excited to try soon. 🙂

  34. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    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!

  35. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    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!

  36. Carolyn

    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.

  37. Trix

    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 ; )

  38. Parsley Sage

    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!

  39. Charlie

    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 :).

  40. tanja@tanjascookingcorner

    LOVE these! So simple, yet so beautiful (and I believe sooo delicious!). I could eat some now, yum… Btw $12 back in 1996 is very pricey….

  41. 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. Kate@Diethood

      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!

  42. Elin

    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 🙂

  43. Kristy

    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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