Grilled Asparagus And Feta Quiche Recipe

Jul 20, 2013 9:01 am

Seasonal vegetarian pie makes for a savory brunch

Class up your homemade brunch this weekend with a market quiche from Chicago's 2 Sparrows.
Class up your homemade brunch this weekend with a market quiche from Chicago's 2 Sparrows.
 

Chicago's Two Sparrows has a famous weekend brunch dish: their Market Quiche. Why? Well, there's no real point in having a signature quiche. Sometimes the summer squash isn't looking too good. Sometimes asparagus isn't in season...but right now it is! So the Market Quiche is crumbled feta cheese and grilled asparagus. Got grilled leftovers? There's never been a better place to put them.

Servings: 8 -10

Ingredients

Dough
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 pound unsalted butter, cut into small cubes, kept cold
1 cup ice water
Custard
12 eggs
24 ounces heavy cream
24 ounces whole milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Filling
1/2 pound grilled asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups fresh arugula
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
Directions: 

For the dough:

  1. Place flour, salt and sugar into the stand mixer with the paddle attachment.  Mix on low.
  2. Add the butter into the dry ingredients and mix for 30 seconds.
  3. Take the ice out of the water. While the mixer is running on low, slowly pour the water into the dry ingredients until all the mixture has come together.  All of the water may not be needed.
  4. Turn the mixer up to medium and mix for 15 seconds.
  5. Take the dough out of the mixer and place it on a lightly floured surface.  Kneed the ball of dough until it is one solid piece.
  6. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thick. Try to keep the dough in a circle shape and make sure that it is large enough to put in the quiche pan.
  7. Once it is rolled out, place the dough in the spring form pan and press it to the sides and the bottom of the pan. Make sure not to stretch the dough to thin or poke holes in it. Trim the top of the dough even with the top of the pan and use any scraps to fill in holes that were made.
  8. Place the quiche shell in the freezer until frozen.

For the custard:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl with a whisk.
  2. Keep cold until ready to use.

For assembly:

  1. Remove the quiche shell from the freezer and place all ingredients into the shell.
  2. Gently pour the quiche custard into the shell until it is about 3/4-inch from the top of the dough. Do not over fill or it will overflow during baking.
  3. Cover the top of the quiche with aluminum foil. When doing this, pinch the center of the foil and create a “tent” with the foil so that it is raised in the center and will not touch the custard as it rises.
  4. Place the quiche on a cookie tray, with a rim, and bake it in a 375 degree oven for about 2 hours.
  5. To check for doneness, gently shake the quiche. The center of the quiche should only move a little bit. If it jiggles too much, put it back in the oven, uncovered, and check it every 5-10 minutes.
  6. Once finished, let cool for 30 minutes. It can then be removed from the pan, cut and served.

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Level of Difficulty: 
Moderate
Prep Time: 
1 hour plus freezing time
Cooking Time: 
2 hours
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