Sorry my post is late today! Lately I've been pretty good about posting on the same days/same times, but today I'm off. I blame it on my cupcake baking spree last night that went way too late.
The bad news is I'm tired, but the good news is I have forty-eight cupcakes sitting in my kitchen. Now I get to give them away. Wheee!
I had to have something to do last night since my computer was being worked on by my IT boyfriend. I picked up a virus when I was searching online for a documentary about Amish people. That'll teach me! I think an Amish person planted the virus so I wouldn't find out too much about their lives. They're private people.
I don't understand why people make up viruses. I think that's horrible! They're horrible, awful people and they should be ashamed of themselves. Why would they want to make so many people miserable and frustrated? I don't get it.
Another thing I don't get: HGTV. Everyone loves HGTV. My mom loves HGTV.
Am I the only one who doesn't get it? I've been watching all day and it seems like every show is the same show with different titles and hosts. It's always a just out of college-couple looking for an $800,000 home by the ocean. And they're always so picky! Is the eighties-style bathroom tile really so bad? I mean, you're right on the beach, you have a pool, and the house is huge.
It seems very unrealistic to me. Maybe the couples are actors.
Maybe I'll get more into HGTV when I'm thinking about buying a home in the future? I feel like if I was going to like HGTV, I would already like it by now.
Another rant. WEDDINGS.
I could go on and on about this one. I think I'll save that for another post. But basically, they're a huge headache. I'm a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding next week. I've spent a lot time helping her, shopping, planning, etc. I couldn't imagine how much time and money she has spent on it.
I made these Dubliner Spinach Artichoke Mini Quiche for her bridal shower two weeks ago. When I left the shower, the tray was empty. I take that as a good sign.
These mini quiche are so good! I love mini quiche, don't you? They're the perfect party food. For these mini quiche, I used a puff pastry shell filled with a mixture of Dubliner cheese, cream cheese, fresh spinach, marinated artichoke hearts, and eggs.
Have you had Kerrygold Dubliner cheese before? This was my first time trying it, and I really enjoyed it.
I think because I'm Irish.
It's creamy, buttery and has a bite to it. Kind of like a creamier parmesan?
Spinach seems to go in just about everything. I use it in salads, vegetable dishes, pasta, pizza. I even made one of those green smoothies with it.
After filling your mini muffin pan with puff pastry rounds and the spinach filling, you bake them for a short ten minutes at 400 degrees. And voila! You have mini quiche that are better than Nancy's! Or maybe not... I love her mini quiche, too.
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
Cornmeal, for rolling
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 large eggs
1 cup finely grated Dubliner cheese
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh spinach
1/2 cup finely chopped marinated artichoke hears
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat 2 (24 cup) mini muffin pans with cooking spray.
Roll out puff pastry thinly on a surface dusted with cornmeal. Cut rounds out of puff pastry and fit into muffin cups. (You'll need a tiny round cookie cutter or an object that you can cut with... a shot glass would work.)
In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese until creamy - about 1 minute. Beat in eggs until combined. Beat in cheese, spinach, artichoke, butter, salt and pepper until well combined. Divide mixture into cups.
Bake 10 minutes or until cooked through and light golden brown around edges.
Makes 48 mini quiche