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Springtime Aspargus Leek Romanesco Quiche - BoulderLocavore.com

Springtime Asparagus Leek Romenesco Quiche

A light, seasonal celebration of spring with Romanesco, leeks, and green and white asparagus tucked into an easy quiche! Perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner. Gluten-free depending on the type of pie crust used.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword asparagus quiche, gluten-free quiche, leek quiche
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 318 kcal
Author Toni Dash

Ingredients

  • 1 Pie Crust homemade or store bought
  • 10 stalks White Asparagus , bottom of stalk trimmed, stalk peeled with vegetable peeler, cut on the diagonal into 1 inch pieces (if unavailable may be substituted with 8 stalks green asparagus)
  • 8 medium stalks Green Asparagus , bottom of stalks trimmed, stalks peeled with vegetables peeler, cut on the diagonal into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 Leek (approximately 1-inch diameter), cleaned and sliced into thin slices (the white and light green portions only); will yield approximately 1 cup
  • 1 ½ cups Romenesco florets , cut into small bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted Butter
  • 4 eggs , room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 1 ½ cups Half and Half
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dry Mustard
  • 1 ½ cups Gruyere cheese , finely shredded

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Prick the pie crust with a fork around the bottom and sides. Place a piece of foil covering the bottom inside of the pie and place pie weights or dry beans on the foil. Bake for 12 minutes then remove and place on a baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  3. Blanching the green asparagus and Romanesco: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. While the water is heating. Fill a large mixing bowl with cold water and ice. Blanching the green asparagus and romanesco will both soften them slightly but will preserve their green color in the baking process.
  4. Once the water is boiling place the green asparagus and romanesco in the water for 1 minutes only. With a slotted spoon scoop the vegetables out of the hot water, allowing excess water to briefly drain and place them in the ice bath to stop the cooking process. When the vegetables are cool to the touch remove them and place them on a kitchen or paper towel to drain.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Melt butter. Add leeks to the pan; stir frequently for 3 minutes or until the leeks begin to soften and turn translucent.
  6. Add both asparagus and romances to the skillet. Sauté and additional two minutes. Remove from heat.
  7. In a medium mixing bowl combine the lightly beaten eggs, half and half, salt, pepper, mustard and mix to fully combine. Add the grated cheese and stir to combine.
  8. Place the pre-baked pie crust on a baking sheet. Scoop the prepared vegetables into the pre-baked pie crust, evenly distributing them.
  9. Pour or spoon the liquid mixture over the vegetables ensuring even distribution in the pie pan.
  10. Place the quiche in the oven and bake 30-40 minutes until golden brown on top and the middle is set (a knife inserted will come out clean and it will be firm if the quiche is moved). Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
Springtime Asparagus Leek Romenesco Quiche
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 129mg43%
Sodium 373mg16%
Potassium 236mg7%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 980IU20%
Vitamin C 17.8mg22%
Calcium 333mg33%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.