Asparagus and Goat Cheese Mini Quiches Recipe

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Mini Quiches
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Torie Cox
Active
35 Minutes
Total
2 Hours, 55 Minutes

Yield

Serves 6

Asparagus and leeks give this brunch classic a flavorful new twist. You can make these quiches up to 2 days ahead; chill in an airtight container. Let them come to room temperature before serving.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 ounces goat cheese log, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and frozen
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon ice water

Filling

  • 12 ounces fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large leek, thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 ounces crumbled goat cheese

How to Make

  1. Prepare the Crust: Pulse flour and salt in a food processor until well combined. Add butter and goat cheese, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 12 times. With processor running, add egg yolk and ice water through the food chute, processing just until mixture forms a ball, about 30 seconds. (Dough will be sticky.) Shape dough into a flat disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill 2 hours or up to 3 days.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using an inverted bowl as a guide, cut out 6 (6-inch) rounds. Gently press each dough round into a 4 1/2-inch fluted tart pan with removable rim; freeze 15 minutes.
  3. Line each tart shell with parchment paper, and fill with pie weights. Bake in preheated oven until just set, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove weights and parchment paper, and prick pastry on bottoms of shells with a fork. Return tart shells to oven, and bake until pastry is light golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer tart pans to a wire rack, and cool completely, about 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  4. Prepare the Filling: Cut 2-inch pieces from asparagus tip ends, and reserve. Cut stalks into 1/2-inch pieces. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high. Add leek, and cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in asparagus stalk pieces, and cook, stirring, until bright green, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, and cool 5 minutes.
  5. Whisk together eggs, cream, parsley, salt, and pepper until combined. Transfer tart shells to a baking sheet. Divide leek mixture, goat cheese, and egg mixture evenly among tart shells. Place 2 or 3 of the reserved asparagus tips on each quiche.
  6. Bake at 350°F until just set in the middle, 22 to 24 minutes, covering with foil after 15 minutes, if needed, to prevent excess browning. Transfer to a wire rack; cool at least 15 minutes. Remove tarts from pans.
To Make 1 (9-inch) Quiche

Prepare Crust as directed, and fit into a 9-inch pie pan. Trim edges, leaving a 1-inch border; crimp. Freeze 15 minutes. Bake crust at 400°F as directed. Prepare Filling as directed, increasing eggs to 8, cream to 1 cup, and salt to 1 1/2 teaspoons and leaving some trimmed asparagus whole to top quiche. Bake at 350°F until center is just set, 50 to 55 minutes, shielding crust after 10 minutes to prevent excess browning. Cut quiche into 8 pieces to serve.