For over a month now I've been having the urge to make quiche. I even went out to buy a couple of tart pans. It could've been an inspiration after watching the movie "Julie and Julia" -- which I totally loved and highly recommend it. Though you'll probably have to wait for the DVD now.
Finally last weekend I had a chance to make it. But I had a little dilemma -- hubby doesn't like crust! So, I had to divert to making a crust-less quiche which technically wouldn't make this a quiche anymore since quiche is an egg mixture baked in a pastry crust. But, I was determined to satisfy my quiche urge so I'm calling this a quiche anyways. One day I'll make the real thing with the crust...this time, hubby wins. So there, I feel much better now.
Makes (2) 9" tart pans
2 bunches asparagus
1 lb. bacon
1 C. half-and-half
8 oz. Gruyere cheese (shredded)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Cut the leaf branches from the leeks so you end up with the stalk. Cut the stalk in half lengthwise, then slice.
2. Cut 2" from the bottom of the asparagus and discard them. Then cut about 3 inches from the top portion and set them aside. Slice the remaining stalks about 1/4" thick.
3. Cut bacon into about 1/2" pieces. I find it easier to cut bacon when they're semi-frozen.
4. In a large skillet, cook bacon on high heat until crispy. Drain and set aside. Leave about 1 T. of the bacon fat inside the skillet.
5. Add leeks and asparagus into the skillet and cook for about 2-3 minutes until soft but not brown. Turn off heat.
6. Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease tart pans with vegetable oil spray.
7. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and half-and-half. Add salt and pepper to taste but remember, you'll have some added saltiness from the bacon and cheese.
8. Divide the leek/asparagus mixture, bacon, and Gruyere cheese between the tart pans.
9. Pour the egg mixture over the fillings until about 3/4 full. Place the asparagus tops around the top of the tarts.
10. Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes until top is slightly brown. Serve hot. Bon appetit!
Note: Since I didn't have a crust, I placed a sheet pan under the tart pans to catch any egg mixtures that may seep through the bottom (unless you're using a baking dish without the removable bottom). It'll save you from lots of mess to clean up later!