Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Convenience a Big Plus for Petite Quiche; but Panelists Say They're a Bit Put off by the Price of the Frozen Appetizers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Convenience a Big Plus for Petite Quiche; but Panelists Say They're a Bit Put off by the Price of the Frozen Appetizers

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Byline: ANN J. KELLEY

You may have eaten them at weddings or cocktail parties, but if you've ever made any of those little quiche appetizers, you know they're a lot of work. That's why several members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel said the convenience of Nancy's frozen Petite Quiche Lorraine Appetizers far outweighs the cost.

Filled with a mixture of eggs, milk, bacon, cheese and herbs, the pastries can go right from the freezer to the oven. One four-piece serving contains 220 calories, 13 grams of fat, 360 milligrams of sodium, 3 grams of sugars, 75 milligrams of cholesterol and no trans fat.

"Real men do eat quiche," said business owner Scott Greenfield, who liked the appetizers, which he cooked in his toaster oven. "They're very easy. I'd serve them at a party."

He said the appetizer could be eaten in about two bites and described the pastry shell as thick and almost flaky with a buttery flavor. "It was one of the highlights of the quiche."

Greenfield could taste the bacon in the filling, which he described as a little gooey but good, but none of the herbs or cheese. "There was enough bacon to make it the second highlight. The flavor was really good."

Sales consultant Catherine Rogers didn't get to taste the appetizers. Her daughter and some friends gobbled them up before she could have a bite.

They described the pastries as flaky and buttery with a good flavor. "They're a little pricey," said Rogers, "but I'd serve them at a party."

Sales representative Angie Tekin discovered the appetizers, which she baked at home and then took to the office, held up well on a warming tray. "The quiche is very aromatic. It looks and smells homemade and the filling has an excellent consistency. It's firm and doesn't collapse when you bite into it."

Tekin described the hors d'oeuvre as a pain to make and plans to keep some of the frozen appetizers on hand. "They're worth the price and eliminate the hassle factor."

Teacher Cyndi McKnight said she liked the appetizers but found them awkward in size. …

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