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Taste test: Frozen mini quiches just right for wedding festivities

Bite-sized quiches are as popular at wedding showers as candy almonds are at receptions. We love the warm tarts and have come to expect them at wedding festivities or cocktail parties this time of year. Nowadays, the familiar, miniature quiches come in a variety of flavors, from lobster to artichoke and olive. We tried four brands of popular flavors including Lorraine, three-cheese and spinach. All were warmed in the oven and ready to serve in minutes.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/Score

(out of 100)
Taste of Inspirations 72Chudleigh's 57GFS (Gordon

Food Service) 50
Judges'

comments
This variety pack from Sweetbay included spinach, three-cheese and Lorraine quiches. Judges raved about the buttery crusts and the smooth texture of these hors d'oeuvres. "These are all very tidy looking," said one panelist, noting they would make a great presentation on a wedding shower buffet table. "There's real bacon flavor in the Lorraine and the cheese is robust and very appealing," she said. The spinach quiche was another big hit. "This quiche was born to be mild," said one judge of the spinach bite. "The cheesy one might be a good 'introductory' quiche for kids who haven't tried these before," he added. Another said, "All three of these are festive and any of them would be great to serve to guests."Pastry lovers will adore these quiche bites. The box included Florentine and three-cheese varieties. Judges said the cheese was sharp and the tarts tasted especially fresh. The spinach quiche was attractive and had a good amount of salt. "It would be hard for any filling to stand up to the dominant pastry on these," allowed one panelist. "But these seem to hold their own."Guests will enjoy the variety of the GFS quiche assortment of Lorraine, spinach, Monterey Jack and garden vegetable flavors. "These would be perfect for a larger, more adventurous crowd," said one judge. "The cheese is bold and all four have nice spices." Another described the quiches as "smart," saying, "They look like I am at breakfast at New York City's Cafe Luxembourg." He liked the firm but flaky crust. "A side salad or fresh strawberries would be grand with these," he said.
Would

they buy?
Four of the five judges said yes.Three of the five judges said yes.Three of the five judges said yes.
Shopping information$6.39 for an 11.1-ounce box of 15 (42.6 cents each) from Sweetbay.$9.12 for a 38.9-ounce box of 48

(19 cents each) from Sam's Club.
$29.99 for a 5-pound box of 100

(30 cents each).


Also Sampled: White Toque Mediterranean Fillo Quiches ($8.99 for a 6.3-ounce box of 12 from the Fresh Market, 49 points).

Panelists: Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island; John Hehn, foodie & owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; Wayne Conery, manager of the R-Bar on Treasure Island; and Laura Reiley, Tampa Bay Times food critic. All foods were tasted blind.

Send suggestions for product testing to: Taste section, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or email them to jkeeler@tampabay.com. Please put TEST SUGGESTION in the subject line. To read past Taster's Choice columns, go to tampabay.com/

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Serving sizeFour piecesTwo piecesOne piece
Calories250140200
Fat/Fiber18g / 1g10g / 0g14g / 1g
Sugars/Sodium1g / 440mg0g / 180mg1g / 180mg
Carbs/Protein18g / 7g9g / 4g14g / 4g

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