Everyone couldn't stop talking about how HOT it's been, and then the sweltering weather stopped. Just like that, yesterday was warm with a breeze, but not so hot that you couldn't walk around, wear something more than a swimsuit, or bake.
I'd recently become a big fan of Muffin Tin Mania, a clever blog devoted to creative cooking with, you guessed it, a muffin tin. But of course, many of the delicious recipes involve turning on the oven--a big no-no in our AC-free apartment. The Swiss Chard Quiche especially called to me, since our CSA drops a pile of chard in our lap each week and eggs are a favorite inexpensive protein around here. And as Matthew at Muffin Tin Mania points out, muffin-sized food is diet-friendly because it's automatic portion-control. Half the size, double the fun. Count me in.
Since it wasn't too hot to bake, I made these quiches last night but subbed in Parmesan since cooked goat cheese usually doesn't agree with my stomach. Along with a German apple wine (on sale), the last of our CSA salad and some cooked carrots with parsley, we gave ourselves a taste of fall on a cool summer night.
Chard Quiche Cups
Adapted from Muffin Tin Mania
1/3 cup 1 % milk
2 cups chard, washed, trimmed of larger stems and chopped
2 Tablespoons basil, cut in a chiffonade
2 Tablespoons Parmesan, grated
Grease a silicon muffin pan with olive oil. The original recipe recommends silicon pans and I have to second that. These would not have neatly come out of a regular pan.
Place the chard in a bowl of cold water and let the dirt/sediment fall to the bottom. In the meantime, cut basil in a chiffonade, whisk together eggs and milk. Dry and remove the thicker part of the chard stem, then chop into pieces about 1/2-inch squared. Mix the chard, basil and Parmesan with the egg and milk. Salt.
Distribute evenly in greased muffin pan cups. My silicon pan has 6 cups and it worked out perfectly. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes.
The chard and basil offer a nice herby flavor alongside the egg in this easy, satisfying and cute main dish.
Chard finds a new and tasty medium
Quiche that's crustless and portion-control friendly
Eggs offer protein at a low price