Asparagus, Leek, and Swiss Quiche

I love Gruyere cheese, but I don’t like the price tag that comes with it. Sometimes, I will break down and buy it; but I most often just substitute sharp Swiss cheese in its place, which ends up working just fine since Gruyere is in the Swiss cheese family. Happy day.

I made this quiche for our Sunday brunch over the weekend. I was testing it out for a possible menu item for my friend, Chelsea’s, bridal shower in May. Asparagus is so delicious in the spring and I thought it would fit well into her brunch-themed shower.

The flavors were quite tasty, but the crust came out a little underbaked. I will definitely be making this dish again, but I may pre-bake the crust for a few minutes and then add the filling to ensure a perfectly crispy crust. Most importantly, the bride-to-be gave her seal of approval.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Asparagus, Leek, and Swiss Quiche

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 leek (white and light green parts only), halved and thinly sliced, rinsed well
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 bunch (1 pound) asparagus, tough ends removed, thinly sliced into 2 inch pieces
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups half-and-half
  • Ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese (4 ounces)

For the pie crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling dough
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons ice water, plus 2 more, if needed

Directions

1. Make the pie crust: whisk together the flour, salt, and sugar in a bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment. Add in the butter and mix on medium-low speed until the mixture resembles the size of peas. With the mixer still on low, gradually add in the ice water until the dough just starts to come together.

2. Dump the dough onto a lightly-floured surface. Form it into a 3/4 inch disc ball of dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

3. After the dough has chilled, place the disc on a lightly-floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 14 inch circle, about 1/8 inch thick. Carefully drape over a 9 inch pie plate. Pat the dough down and crimp the edges. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

4. Make the filling: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove the pie crust from the oven. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add leek and asparagus; season with salt and pepper. Cook until asparagus is crisp-tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.

5. Whisk together eggs, half-and-half, 1/2 teaspoon salt, teaspoon pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg in a large bowl. Sprinkle with swiss cheese and top with asparagus mixture. Pour egg mixture on top of the cheese/vegetables.

6. Bake until center of quiche is just set, 50 to 60 minutes, rotating the quich halfway through. Allow to set 15 minutes before serving.

Source: Martha Stewart