Do real men eat quiche? They do if they're hungry. At least, that's what I used to tell customers who would try to lay that very tired joke on me when they saw quiche on the menu. Quiche is the perfect spring meal. Light, colorful and a perfect dish to serve with fresh spring greens or vegetables.
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ASPARAGUS, SPINACH & FETA QUICHE
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
8 asparagus spears, ends removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
4 cups fresh baby spinach
5 large eggs
1 cup milk
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 green onions, chopped
1 9-inch pie crust
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pie dough and stick in freezer while you prepare the other quiche ingredients.
2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the asparagus spears, and spinach. Cook until asparagus spears are slightly tender and spinach is wilted. Transfer spinach to a colander. Press firmly with the back of a spoon to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Stir in the feta and mozzarella cheese. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
4. Remove pie crust from the freezer. Place asparagus pieces, spinach, and green onions on the bottom of the crust. Pour the egg and cheese mixture over the vegetables and into the crust.
5. Bake the quiche for 45 minutes or until quiche is set and slightly golden brown. Let quiche stand for 15 minutes before serving.
CHEESE & CHILI QUICHE
1 large garlic clove
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 lb poblano chiles (about 4 large), roasted and peeled
6 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup Mexican crema or heavy cream
2 tablespoons finely grated white onion (using small teardrop holes of a box grater)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 lb Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely grated (2 1/2 to 3 cups)
Special equipment: a 9-inch (2-inch deep) round fluted tart pan with removable bottom
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F.
Roll out dough into a 13-inch round on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin. Fit dough into tart pan, without stretching, letting excess dough hang over edge. Fold overhang inward and press against side of pan to reinforce edge. Prick bottom all over with a fork. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.
Line shell with foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights. Bake until pastry is set and pale golden along rim, 20 to 25 minutes.
Carefully remove foil and weights and bake shell until deep golden all over, 15 to 20 minutes more. Put tart pan in a shallow baking pan. Leave oven on.
Mince garlic and mash to a paste with salt using side of a large knife.
Discard seeds, ribs, and stems from chiles, then pat dry if necessary and cut into 1/3-inch-wide strips.
Whisk together eggs, milk, crema, onion, garlic paste, and pepper in a large bowl until just combined, then pour into baked tart shell.
Sprinkle cheese and chiles over custard (chiles will sink slightly) and bake until custard is just set, 50 to 60 minutes. (Center will jiggle slightly; filling will continue to set as it cools.)
Transfer quiche in pan to a rack to cool at least 20 minutes before serving.
To remove side of tart pan, center a large can under pan and let side of pan drop. Serve warm or at room temperature.