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It’s a new day! Be sure to raise a glass on January 20th to toast the inauguration of our new president. Here, compliments of Elizabeth W. Gift Baskets, is an easy-to-make appetizer that’s perfect for your inauguration celebration. (And yes, I’m still trying to use up all that smoked cheddar!)

 

Inauguration Celebration Bite-Size Quiches

(Makes 24)

The technique for the “crusts” for these two-bite quiches is adapted from a recipe I saw in Everyday Food  magazine. They are very simple to make and pretty much foolproof. You’ll need a 2-inch round biscuit cutter (make sure it is 2-inch) and a mini muffin pan. Substitute white sandwich bread for whole wheat, if you wish.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter, melted

12 slices whole wheat sandwich bread

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/3 cup shredded smoked cheddar

¼ cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons black olives, chopped

2 tablespoons roasted red peppers, chopped

2 scallions, sliced, for garnish (optional)

Salt and pepper

 

DIRECTIONS

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a 24-cup mini muffin pan with 1 tablespoon butter. Set aside.
  2. Stack two slices of bread on a work surface and, using a rolling pen, flatten to a 1/8-inch thickness. With a 2-inch round biscuit cutter, cut two rounds from stack; separate to yield 4 bread rounds. Repeat with remaining bread to make 24.
  3. Fit rounds into prepared muffin cups, gently pushing down in the center and being careful not to tear. Brush bread with remaining butter. Bake until brown and crisp, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in pan to room temperature. Leave oven on.
  4. While the crusts cool, stir together the egg, smoked cheddar, heavy cream, black olives, roasted red peppers and 1/8 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper. Carefully spoon 1 teaspoon of the egg mixture into each bread cup. Bake until filling is set; 13 to 15 minutes. Top with sliced scallions, if using. Serve warm or at room temperature.