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Mini Quiche Lorraines

4 Tbsp butter or margarine
4 Tbsp vegetable shortening
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
4 Tbsp milk
1/2 lb bacon
3/4 cup (6 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
4 large eggs
1-1/2 cups half-and-half
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1. Add butter, vegetable shortening, and all-purpose flour to the bowl of a food processor, and pulse 8-10 times or until well combined.

2. Add milk to the processor and pulse a few times until just combined, or stir in milk until dough just holds together. Gather into a ball, flatten into a disc, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F.

4. Place bacon slices on a broiler pan, and bake for about 10 minutes or until bacon is cooked and crispy. Let cook and crumble. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F.

5. Turn out chilled dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in 1/2, and roll out crust to 1/8 inch thick. Use a 2-1/2-inch round cookie cutter or a small glass with an opening about that size to cut 24 dough circles, re-rolling as necessary. Press each circle into a mini-muffin cup -- dough should cover bottom and sides with no overhang. Repeat with remaining dough and muffin cups.

6. Sprinkle cooked and crumbled bacon into bottom of each dough-lined cup, about 1/2 teaspoon per cup. Sprinkle about 3/4 teaspoon Swiss cheese into each cup on top of bacon.

7. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, salt, pepper, and ground nutmeg until well combined. Pour egg mixture into muffin cups until just filled. Bake for about 40 minutes or until quiches are set and tops are golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans and cooling completely on a wire rack.

Stack cooled quiches, with waxed paper between layers, in a rigid freezer container or containers, label, and freeze.

To reheat: Place frozen quiches on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, and bake in a 375°F oven for 20-25 minutes. Alternatively, microwave 2 frozen quiches for about 30 seconds or until heated through.

Variations: You can substitute diced cooked ham for the bacon. Or try adding your favorite combinations of cheeses, vegetables, meats and seafood to come up with your own unique quiche creations.

Makes 48 mini quiches.

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