Miniature Vegetable Quiches
10 bags Bigelow Green Tea
1 cup boiling water
Vegetable Tea Mixture:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup diced colored bell peppers
½ cup asparagus tips/ cut into small pieces, 1/2 - 1 inch
½ cup frozen peas
1 tablespoon minced shallots
¼ cup tea concentrate
6 large eggs
½ cup half and half
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
4-ounces (1/2 of an 8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly softened, cut into 18-20 pieces
Dill, optional garnish
Place tea bags in a 2-cup glass measure. Add water. Steep tea for 10 minutes.
Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup. Discard tea bags. (About ½ cup tea concentrate.)
Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with baking spray (spray well or alternatively use paper liners); set aside.
In 10-inch non-stick skillet place olive oil. Heat for 1 minute. Add peppers, asparagus, peas, and shallots. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened.
Add ¼ cup tea concentrate to vegetable mixture. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until most of the tea is evaporated. Remove from heat; set aside.
In large bowl stir together eggs, half and half, salt and pepper. Mix well.
In bottom of each prepared mini muffin tin, place about 1 tablespoon vegetable mixture. Top with piece of cream cheese. Fill to top with egg mixture.
Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until very lightly browned near edges. Remove from oven. Cool slightly. Garnish with dill if desired.