To make the pastry shells:
Grease a standard size 12-cup muffin pan. I use a natural non-stick spray, with wax paper to spread it evenly on all sides, including the top rim to prevent sticking. This is an important step to insure that these come out without a fight.
Make pastry for one 9" pie. Chill at least 30 minutes before rolling out to 1/8" thick. Use a 4" cookie cutter in the shape of a flower or circle to cut pastry shapes. Lightly flour the board & rolling pin to keep dough from sticking. Place the pastry flowers gently into the cups. Gather up scraps and continue rolling out and cutting shapes until all the cups are filled. Work quickly; return pastry to fridge for 15 minutes if it gets too soft to handle; keep pan with pastry flowers chilled until ready to fill.
Roll out any scraps to bake separately. Keep chilled on cookie sheet until ready to bake.
In a batter bowl with a pour spout or large (4-cup) measuring cup combine:
5 eggs + 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
In another bowl, mix together:
1 cup cooked, cubed ham (small dice)
3/4 c. jack cheese, cubed
1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese
2 T. dried onion flakes
2 T. fresh parsley, chopped fine
Spoon ham and cheese mixture into the chilled pastry cups; filling to within a half-inch from the top edge (about 2-3T.)
Pour egg and cream mixture into the pastry cups slowly, allowing it to filter down. Fill just to the top of the ham mixture. Eggs rise when they cook, so don't overfill.
Brush any pastry scrap "cookies" with a little of the egg and cream mixture, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Bake quiche cups in a pre-heated 350 degree oven, for 20-25 minutes; pastry cookies 10-15 minutes until golden.
Let quiche cups cool at least 15 minutes before attempting to remove them from the pan. Use a small offset icing knife to loosen the sides and carefully lift out.
Note: If you make these ahead of time to reheat later, just put them in the refridgerator for about an hour, and they will fall out of the pan when they are cold. These can be frozen and reheated the day of the party or warmed individually as needed.
Makes one dozen mini-quiche cups.
Happy New Year!