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Mushroom, Leek and Asparagus Quiche

Mushroom, Leek and Asparagus Quiche

We made this quiche in a mushroom class the other night. We used a traditional pie crust and it came out great. The first time I made this recipe, I actually used a different dough.

Sometimes there are happy accidents in the kitchen. This recipe is one of those. I had made kolachy for a friend. Kolachy are filled cookies, made with a cream cheese based dough. There was some dough leftover, and I did not want to waste it. I decided to use it for a quiche. Well, technically a tart, since it was baked in a tart pan. I looked through my fridge for what I had, and came up with the combination of leeks, mushrooms and asparagus. I also had a nice chunk of Swiss cheese, so away I went. The rest was pretty easy. I just added the eggs, half and half and seasonings to complete the dish. You could, of course, use any crust recipe you prefer. I must admit, the kolachy dough worked really well. I would most definitely make this recipe again, using the cream cheese crust. I did include the recipe for the kolachy dough at the bottom of this post. So here is the recipe. Hope you enjoy it.

Mushroom, Leek and Asparagus Quiche

1 unbaked pie shell*
2 T. oil or butter
1 c. sliced leek- white or light green part only
4 oz. sliced mushrooms- I used baby Portobello
8 oz. asparagus, trimmed and sliced
4 oz. shredded Swiss cheese
2 T. flour
3 eggs, beaten
¾ c. half and half
1 T. fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill
Salt and pepper to taste
Hot sauce to taste

Roll out crust to fit a 9 or 10- inch tart pan. Place crust in pan and trim edges. Chill crust until ready to use. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In skillet, heat oil or butter and cook leeks until tender. Add mushrooms and continue cooking until mushrooms are golden. Set aside. Steam asparagus for 3-4 minutes, or until just tender. Set aside. Combine flour with cheese and toss to coat. Spread cheese in prepared tart shell. Top with the mushroom and leek mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the eggs with the half and half, dill and hot sauce. Pour over the mushrooms mixture in the tart shell. Add the asparagus. Place in preheated oven and bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Turn down heat to 350 and cook for 20-25 minutes longer, or until crust is golden and filling has set up. Serves 4-6.

 
* While I would normally use a more traditional pie crust, I ended up using the dough I normally use for my kolachy. It was leftover and seemed like a nice choice. The kolachy dough is 3 sticks of softened butter, 8 oz. of cream cheese and 3 cups of flour. Mix all ingredients until smooth and chill until ready to use. It was leftover, so hard to say how many crusts a full recipe would make. I would think you could easily get three crusts from one recipe. You can, of course, use your favorite pie crust recipe.

Bacon, Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

Bacon, Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

There seems to be an almost endless number of fillings for quiche. My most recent combination of bacon, spinach and mushrooms might be a new favorite. I think what made this one special is that I cooked the mushrooms in the bacon fat, after cooking the bacon. It really infused the whole quiche with that wonderful, smoky bacon flavor.

I defrosted a package of frozen spinach, but didn’t use all of it in the quiche. Not sure why not, but I would use it all the next time.

I baked my bacon and the mushrooms, but you can cook them both in a skillet, if you prefer. I had just washed my stove and didn’t want to get it dirty. Plus, I really like to bake bacon.

Here is the recipe. Enjoy.

Bacon, Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

1 unbaked pie crust – enough for a deep dish pie

4 oz. diced or shredded cheese – I like a sharp cheddar

2 T. flour

½ lb. bacon

1½ cup sliced fresh mushrooms

1 (10oz.) package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1 c. milk or half and half

3 eggs, beaten

2 T. fresh chopped parsley

Hot pepper sauce to taste

salt and pepper to taste

Place bacon slices on a jelly roll pan and bake in a 350-degree oven until crisp, about 15 minutes. Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels. Place the mushrooms in the same pan you just cooked the bacon in and return to the oven. Cook about 15-20 minutes, or until mushrooms are cooked and even a little brown. Drain mushrooms on paper towels. Turn oven up to 400 degrees.  

While mushrooms are cooking, crumble bacon. Start to prep quiche while mushrooms cook. In 9-inch (deep dish) pie pan place the crust. Toss cheese with the flour and place in crust. Add the bacon and spinach to the crust. Add the mushrooms. Combine milk with the eggs and add seasonings to taste. Pour over the bacon-spinach mixture. Place pan on a baking sheet to collect any drips and place in a preheated 400 degree oven. Bake for 30 minutes then turn down oven to 325 and continue baking until quiche is firm near the middle, about 25-30 minutes more. To test for “doneness” insert a butter knife about an inch from the center of the quiche. If it comes out clean, the quiche is done. Serves 4-6. Freezes well.

Bacon, spinach and mushroom quiche

Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

The cold winter this year has really got me craving comfort foods. Also have a real taste for some childhood favorites. My mother used to make some really good quiches. Always a home made crust. I used what I had on hand the other day to whip up this quiche. Thought of her when I made it.

 

Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

1 unbaked pie crust

1 T. oil

1 small onion, chopped

8 oz. sliced mushrooms

salt and pepper to taste

1 (10 oz.) package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

4 oz. diced Swiss Cheese

2 T. flour

1 c. milk or half and half

3 eggs, beaten

In skillet saute onion in oil until tender. Add mushrooms and cook about 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the spinach and set aside. In 9-inch pie pan place the crust. Toss cheese with the flour and place in crust. Add the spinach mixture. Combine milk with the eggs and pour over the spinach mixture. Place pan on a baking sheet to collect any drips and place in a preheated 400 degree oven. Bake for 30 minutes then turn down over to 325 and continue baking until quiche is firm near the middle, about 25-30 minutes more. To test for “doneness” insert a butter knife about an inch from the center of the quiche. If it comes out clean the quiche is done. Serves 4-6.

Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

 

 

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