Yesterday I was sitting at work wondering what to do with my asparagus. I thought about soup, then putting it in a salad, something easy and quick so I could go to the gym beforehand.
Instead, I decided to bag the gym and make an asparagus quiche. I cobbled together a couple of recipes and my own ideas and came up with this.
1 stick unsalted butter
1 1/4 c. all purpose flour
dash of salt
3-4 tbsp water
Place butter, flour and salt in the food processor with plastic blade if you have one. Process until the size of small peas. Open lid and add water all at once but around the bowl. Process a few more times until still somewhat crumbly but sticky. Wrap into a flat disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate 45 minutes. Roll disc out using flour, put into 10 inch removable bottom tart pan.
Filling (preheat oven to 350 at this point)
1/2 medium onion chopped
4 slices bacon, in 1/2 inch strips
Fry these together on low in a small pan
when onions are translucent add the bottom 1/2 of 3/4 lb asparagus to the pan, chopped in 3/4 inch lenghts, fry for 3-4 minutes longer
In a 4 cup measure mix together:
1/2 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. sour cream
1/4 tsp salt, black pepper and nutmeg to taste
Prick dough and line bottom of tart pan with:
1/2 c. gruyere cheese grated
add the bacon/onion/asparagus mixture
Place top 1/2 of the asparagus in a radius pattern neatly into tart pan
sprinkle with 1/4 c. grated parmesan
Slowly and carefully pour in the egg/cream mixture, making sure to distribute evenly. Put immediately into a hot oven. Note you may want to put tart pan on a jelly roll pan before filling as this makes for easier transport and clean up if overflow happens.
Cook for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let cool 5 minutes Serve warm with a salad.