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Carrot & Leek Crusted Asparagus Quiche

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Carrot and Leek Crusted Asparagus Quiche

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2011-03-30 Breakfast Brunch
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This made from scratch breakfast quiche is packed with spring vegetables, Parmesan cheese, and Canadian bacon. What a great way to start your day.

  • Servings: 8

Ingredients:

5-6 oz Canadian Bacon
6 oz Pencil Thin Asparagus
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
1 cup Thinly Sliced Leek; White & Light Green Parts, cut into ⅛" slices
2 Large Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
10-12 oz Peeled & Grated Carrots
1 tsp Lemon Pepper, divided
½ tsp Garlic Salt
8 Extra Large Eggs
1 cup Half & Half Cream
¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Tbsp Fresh Minced Dill
2 Tbsp All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 cups Grated Italian Blend Cheese
1 Small Carrot, peeled and thinly sliced

Directions:

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper and with cooking spray. Cut 1 slice of bacon, to decorate top of quiche, into 8 small strips, 1/4 X 2 inches long, and reserve. Cut the remainder of the bacon for filling into 1/4 inch pieces and set aside. Snap woody ends off the asparagus. Cut 8 of the best asparagus strips, 3 inches long, and reserve for decorating top of quiche. Cut remainder of asparagus into 1 inch pieces for quiche filling and set aside. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add leeks and garlic, then cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in carrots, 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper, and garlic salt, then cook 2 minutes on medium low to infuse flavors. Place carrot mixture into prepared cake pan. Press the carrots gently on the bottom of the pan and up the sides, then set side. Whisk eggs, cream, Parmesan, dill, flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper in a medium bowl until well mixed. Stir grated Italian cheese, 1 inch asparagus pieces and small pieces of Canadian bacon, not the Canadian bacon strips, into the egg mixture and mix well. Using a 1 cup measuring cup, gently transfer filling into carrot lined pan until all of the filling is in the pan, or until 1/4 inch from the top of the carrots. To decorate quiche, place one carrot slice in the center of the quiche. Extend 8 asparagus tips from the carrot slice like spokes of a wheel. Place Canadian bacon strips in between each asparagus tip towards the carrot slice in the center, and place 1 carrot slice at the opposite end of each strip. Bake for 35 minutes. Cover with foil the last 10 minutes of baking, or as needed to prevent over browning. Bake until quiche has almost set in the center. After a total of 35 minutes, turn oven heat off. Leave quiche in oven, with door shut, for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked in the center. Place on cooling rack for 5 minutes before slicing.

Helpful Tips:

To prepare leeks: remove outer tough leaves and trim the root of the leek. Run a knife down one side of the leek, open leaves up and rinse well under running water. Flush out the grit trapped between the leaves.