Treat Your Mom with Asparagus Quiche for Brunch

Asparagus Quiche

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I love seasonal quiches, and this one is perfect for Mother’s Day brunch this weekend!

Unfortunately, I don’t get to spend this Mother’s Day with my mom—that’s what living two thousand miles apart gets you! I’ve been having fun imagining what I would serve for brunch if we were closer though, and this quiche is definitely on the list.

Asparagus Quiche

Asparagus, leeks and bacon make this quiche stand out from the rest. If you’ve never cooked with leeks before, you’re in for a treat. Just be sure to wash them really well before using—dirt tends to stick in leeks very easily!

For some reason, I feel like quiche has the reputation of being difficult or time consuming to make, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! You could very easily make this the night before serving and keep it covered in the fridge until breakfast. It’s also a wonderful light dinner when paired with some fresh fruit or a green salad, which is how I’m enjoying it since a Mother’s Day Brunch isn’t happening for me this year. Using a pre-made (but still unbaked) pie crust reduces time and dirty dishes!

I hope you guys enjoy this delicious springtime quiche—it’s definitely one of my favorites!

Asparagus Quiche

Asparagus, Leek, and Bacon Quiche

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Enjoy this colorful quiche recipe for brunch or a wonderful light dinner. Jenna Weber shares why she recommends this recipe for a Mother's Day brunch in particular in a full post on the Fresh Tastes blog.

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Ingredients

  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie-crust
  • 6 oz asparagus, ends trimmed off
  • 1 leek
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 oz freshly grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove. Once boiling, drop in the asparagus and quickly blanch for 30 seconds until bright green. Quickly drain water and run cold water over asparagus. Set aside to cool.
  3. Fry bacon crisp in a cast-iron skillet over low/medium heat. Once crisp, remove from heat and set the bacon to drain on paper towels but do not toss the bacon grease! Crumble or chop bacon once cool.
  4. Now, thoroughly wash the leek under cold running water. To do this most efficiently, peel off the first two layers and let water run all through (dirt often stays trapped here so it’s important to get a good wash!). After washing, thinly slice the white part only of the leek.
  5. Reheat your bacon-greased skillet over medium high heat then drop in the thinly sliced leek. Sauté for about five minutes, until leek is soft and translucent. Remove from heat.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, crumbled bacon and sautéed leeks. Prick crust all over with a fork, then sprinkle evenly with the cheese. Pour the milk and eggs mixture over the cheese.
  7. Slice the blanched asparagus into 1 1/2" pieces on an angle and scatter over the cheese in the unbaked pie crust.
  8. Carefully place filled quiche on a sheet tray and into the oven for 1 hour.
  9. After 1 hour, the quiche should be puffy and golden. Let cool completely (it’s best to make this at least an hour before) before slicing.

Yield: 6-8 servings


Jenna Weber, food blogger for PBS Food's Fresh Tastes blogJenna Weber is half of the Fresh Tastes blog team. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in 2008 and, since then, has worked as a pastry chef, bread baker and freelance food editor. Currently, Jenna blogs full-time on EatLiveRun.com where her delicious daily recipes and quirky culinary musings appeal to thousands. She lives in Northern California and, when not in the kitchen, can usually be found on her yoga mat.