With asparagus in season, grab some from your local market and enjoy this delicious recipe that you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

  • Prep time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 to 8

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 recipe for pie dough, enough for one bottom crust
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  • 10 oz. asparagus spears, cut on the diagonal into 1-inch long pieces
  • 1/2 pound ham, cut into 1/4-inch cubes *or you can substitute with sausage, prosciutto or even just another veggie of your choice
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (1 1/2 cups)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Roll out dough and fit into tart pan, then freeze: On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a 12-inch circle. Fit into a 10-by-1 1/2-inch round tart pan (with or without a removable bottom), pressing dough into corners. Transfer to freezer to chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Pre-bake tart crust: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line pastry with aluminum foil, pressing into the corners and edges. Fill to the top with baking weights — sugar, dried beans, or rice.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes. Lift sides of aluminum foil to remove pie weights from tart pan. Move pre-baked crust to a wire rack to cool while making filling.
  4. Cook shallots and asparagus: Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add shallots, and cook, stirring, until translucent but not brown, about 1 minute.
  5. Add asparagus. Cook, stirring frequently, until asparagus are just cooked (al dente), slightly browned, firm, not mushy, 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Assemble quiche: Increase oven temperature to 375°F. Place tart pan on a baking sheet to catch any run-off there might be (especially if you are using a pan with a removable bottom.)
  7. Sprinkle half the cheese evenly over the bottom of the crust. Spread asparagus and ham over the cheese and then top with remaining cheese.
  8. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, cream, and eggs. Season with fresh ground pepper. Pour over cheese.
  9. Bake: Transfer to oven, and bake at 375°F until just set in the center, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before slicing.

 

Recipe Credited: Simply Recipes