Asparagus Quiche Tart2013-11-07
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- Yield : 1 - 9" pie
- Servings : 6
- Prep Time : 5m
- Cook Time : 45m
- Ready In : 50m
This information is per serving.
This asparagas quiche recipe is perfect for lunch or brunch.
It’s a vegetarian quiche or tart, brimming with fresh asparagus and velvety Swiss cheese.
Top with small grape tomatoes for baking if you want to add extra color, flavor and nutrition.
Asparagus Quiche Recipe
- 1 1/2 pounds asparagus, trimmed of hard ends (750 g)
- 1 - 9" pie crust premade or homemade (23 cm)
- 4 ounces cream cheese (125 g)
- 1 cup cereal cream (250 ml)
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper (2 ml)
- 1 cup Swiss cheese, grated (250 ml)
- 1/2 cup grape tomatoes (125 ml) (optional)
Preheat the oven to 425ºF (220ºC).
In medium saucepan boil the asparagus until it is just becoming tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and rinse it under cold water. Drain well again and set aside.
Prepare a one crust pie crust and set it aside.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese. Gradually mix in the cream. The texture will be slightly lumpy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the salt and pepper.
Evenly distribute the asparagus stalks over the pastry. Pour in half the custard mixture. Bake in a preheated 425ºF (220ºC) oven for 15 minutes. Remove tart from the oven and pour in the remaining custard. Sprinkle the top of the tart with the Swiss cheese. Top with the grape tomatoes if you wish. Reduce the oven temperature to 375ºF (190ºC). Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the tart set for 15 minutes before serving.
The recipe says it makes 6 servings, but I would serve four for lunch with a side salad.
Make It Healthier:
There are a couple of ways you can make this recipe even healthier. The first is to omit the cream cheese. Cream cheese is quite rich and high in calories. To cut the calories, omit the cream cheese totally. You may want to add a bit more cream to fill the pie pan.
If you are seriously wanting to cut calories, make this recipe without the pie crust. Quiche made without a crust is a perfect low carb recipe, great for people on carbohydrate restricted diets, and for diabetics. Just spray a pie pan with non-stick spray and add the quiche mixture. The quiche is done when a knife inserted into the middle of the quiche comes out clean.
Asparagus is SO healthy for us. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which makes it a wonderful food to help prevent cancers like bladder, breast, colon, lung, prostate and ovarian cancer.
One cup of asparagus also contains 66% of the recommended daily allowance of folate, a B complex vitamin, which is essential for a healthy cardiovascular system.
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