Thursday, April 19, 2012

Leek & Gruyere Quiche

One of the benefits of country life is the convenience of plentiful, farm fresh eggs. We have an "egg stand" about a mile away where you can see the roosters and chickens & leave $3 in a box when you take your carton of eggs. I feel so quaint and bucolic and I love going on runs to get eggs.

And since we're flush in fresh eggs, I need to find uses for them. I recently made a leek & gruyere quiche and it was so tasty that I had to share with you! It's a great vegetarian dish (but I bet it would be tasty with some chopped bacon added too).

After preheating the oven to 350 degrees, I started with one large leek and chopped it up (discarding the darker green parts)...

While I rinsed the chopped leeks and let them dry, I sauteed half a yellow onion and a clove of garlic in a pad of butter with a pinch of salt...

... once the onion & garlic had started to brown, I threw in my leeks and cooked for 10 minutes, stirring often...

I cracked four eggs into a bowl, mixed in a cup of half & half, and stirred in two cups of grated gruyere cheese (not pictured, sorry!). Then I got started on my puff pastry crust....

I should mention that one might normally make quiche in one of those fluted tart pans with a removable bottom. I didn't have one of those (I may buy one just since I'll be making this recipe over & over & over again), so I just used a square baking dish.

I filled up the crust with the egg mixture, popped into the oven, waited patiently for 45 minutes (this will vary by dish size), & removed. Sooooo delicious and perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Stay hungry!


  1. Oooh this looks amazing! I've been learning to use leeks more in my cooking lately (they're so good for you!) and this would definitely be a recipe to try!

  2. Did you use frozen puff pastry sheets or is there a separate product that is for puff pastry shells?

    1. Just frozen puff pastry sheets... they sat out while I was preparing the quiche, then I cut them up to fit the dish and baked!


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