For some reason, mini quiches are not cool anymore. There was a time when there wasn't a party menu to be found without these little wonders: Crust filled with cheesy goodness... what's not to love? But for some reason, quiche has become un-hip. To paraphrase Will Shakespeare, a quiche by any other name will still taste as good. These cheesy spinach and bacon bites are easy to make and wayyyy to good to be frowned upon because they are quiche.. I like my own crust recipe but you can buy mini tart or Phyllo shells and fill them if you prefer or are short on time.

cheesy bacon artichoke and spinach bites



For the crust:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon granulated sugar

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

1 stick unsalted butter, very cold, diced

3-4 tablespoons ice water


For the filling:

6 bacon slices, chopped

1 shallot, minced

5 cups baby spinach

1 cup canned artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/2 cup shredded Gruyère cheese

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese



For the pastry shells: In your food processor, add the dry ingredients and pulse to blend. Add the butter, a few pieces at a time and pulse quickly to incorporate. Once all the butter has been added (and looks kind of like uncooked grits) turn the food processor on ‘run”.  

Add the ice water quickly, one tablespoon at a time just until the dough comes together in a ball. Stop immediately. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured piece of plastic wrap. Form into a disc and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  

Roll the dough about 1/8” thick. Use a mini biscuit cutter (about 2 ¾” size) and cut 24 rounds. Or you can portion into 24 balls. Press them into tiny non-stick muffin tins and chill.  Also, I chill one same size muffin tin and then flour it lightly and press it into the shells to help make them smooth and uniform. Chill the dough in the tins for at least 30 minutes.  

For the filling: Grate the cheese. Set aside.

Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove to drain on paper towels. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat from the pan. Add the shallots and cook just until softened but not browned, about 1 minute. Add the spinach and the artichokes. Cook until the spinach is wilted; 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper and grate in the nutmeg. Add the cooled spinach mixture to the bowl and stir just to combine.

When you are ready to bake the quiches, preheat your oven to 375°F. Divide the bacon and the Gruyere cheese evenly between the pastry shells. Pour in the spinach mixture, filling each cup ¾ full. Top each with the Parmesan cheese. Bake until the filling is set and the crust is golden, approximately 25-30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and remove immediately from the pan. Serve warm.

You can freeze the crust and use it when you are ready. You can also freeze the cooled quiches and thaw on a cookie sheet, then bake when you need them. A perfectly easy make-ahead party bite!

Yield: 24 mini quiche bites

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Blue Cheese always reminds me of my mom. We never had blue cheese at home because she was the only one who liked it... but on the rare occasion that we'd get to go out to a restaurant, mom would always order a salad with bleu cheese dressing. Over the years, I've come to love it and I'm especially in love with the Smokey Blue Cheese from Rogue Creamery in Central Point, Oregon. You can usually find it at most Whole Foods locations. It runs about $9 for about 4 ounces. Yes, a little expensive for a dip but whoa... it is good. You can use whatever blue cheese you like- this is the best all-purpose, non-Ranch dip I know for chicken wings, veggies, and crackers.

My chunky blue cheese dip is the perfect dip for chicken wings, veggies, or crackers... this is even good spread on a slice of bread and toasted under the broiler!

My chunky blue cheese dip is the perfect dip for chicken wings, veggies, or crackers... this is even good spread on a slice of bread and toasted under the broiler!


Difficulty: Easy    Category: Party Food

Prep Time: 5 minutes    Cook Time: non-cook recipe


½ cup chopped shallots

2 teaspoons minced garlic

3 Tablespoon lemon juice

¼ teaspoon lemon zest

2 cups Greek yogurt (you can sub sour cream if you don't like yogurt)

8 ounces (1 cup) Blue Cheese (okay to use crumbles)

2 teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

1Tablespoon minced chives


Add everything but chives to food processor. Pulse to combine. Pour into a bowl. Garnish with chives. Serve with veggies, chicken wings, chips, or crackers.

Yield: 2 cups

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To me, there’s nothing that says party like chips and dip. Take the typical chips and dip to a new level with smoky baked pita chips and my charred three onion dip. Better make a double batch! I like making this recipe for Super Bowl Sunday or game days in front of the TV because you can make it in advance and it tastes even better. Plus, it is easy to double or tripe for a big crowd. Note: Instead of putting out a huge bowl, I recommend using smaller serving bowls. Fill 2-3 bowls and cover with plastic wrap. Keep chilled until you need to replenish.

super bowl favorite recipes charred onion dip and homemade baked pita chips


Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 20 minutes plus 30 minutes chill time

Cook Time: 10 minutes


3 tablespoons olive oil

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon kosher salt-divided

¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

8 pita bread rounds


Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Combine all of the ingredients except ½ tablespoon of the salt in a small bowl. Whisk together. Brush on the first pita, stack the next one and repeat until you have 4 pitas. Repeat, making a second stack. Use a knife to cut the stack into eight wedges. Repeat with the second stack. Arrange the chips in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden and toasted.

Sprinkle the chips with the remaining salt as soon as you remove them from the oven.



1 small red onion

6 scallions, save some of the green tops for garnish

1 cup Mascarpone cheese

2 cups sour cream

1 teaspoon chives

1 teaspoon onion powder

¼ tablespoon fresh lemon juice

½ tablespoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire

Dash Tabasco


Slice the onion into 4 wedges. Heat and  very lightly oil a grill pan. Cook the onions and scallions until they are softened and the outside is nice and charred. Cool. Using a food processor, mince the scallions and onion. Add the remaining ingredients and mix together. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. This one tastes best 4-8 hours after you mix it up so the flavors can fully develop.

Yield: 3 cups

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