Asparagus and Cherry Tomato Quiche

Usually when I make quiche it’s as a main course, filled with both meat and vegetables.

For a change, I decided to have it as a side dish – well, a combination side dish, working as both the rice and the vegetable.

Also, for a change, I kept it simple, just using spring vegetables.

You could add cubed ham or sliced, cooked chicken for a heartier dish.

Asparagus and Cherry Tomato Quiche

Total time: 65 minutes

Ingredients:

  • The Crust:
  • 1/2 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 egg
  • The Filling:
  • 18 – 20 asparagus spears, cut to fit a bit less than half the diameter of the quiche plate
  • 9 – 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 4 green garlic, thinly sliced,m including green tops
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120gr) Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Asparagus Quiche
Instructions:

  • The crust:
  • Cook  rice in stock according to package directions.  Can be done ahead or the day before.
  • If rice is just cooked, spread it on a plate to cool for 5 minutes before adding to egg.
  • Oil a 9″ (22 cm) pie or quiche plate.
  • Lightly whisk 1 egg.
  • Add 1/4 cup of the cheese and the cooked rice.  Mix well.
  • Pat into the quiche plate, working it up the sides as best you can.
  • Bake in 400F (200C) oven for 10 minutes.
  • Remove and set aside.
  • The filling:
  • Heat water in a saucepan over high heat.
  • When boiling, add asparagus and blanch for 3 minutes.
  • Drain and refresh under cold water.
  • Dry on paper towels.
  • Saute green garlic in oil until tender.
  • In medium bowl whisk 3 eggs well.
  • Add milk, yogurt and whisk to combine.
  • To assemble:
  • Spread green garlic on rice crust
  • Arrange the asparagus spears like the spokes on a wheel, radiating out from the center
  • Put a tomato half, cut side down, between each asparagus spear.
  • Pour the egg mixture over all, sprinkle with cheese and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Note:  I put the quiche/pie plate on a pizza pan before pouring the egg/milk over.  Makes it easier to get into the oven and catches any drips and spills – saving oven clean-up.

Why is it, whenever I try to do things the easy way, it ends up being twice as difficult and takes three times longer than it would have had I done it the hard way?

That doesn’t make sense, does it?

Let me explain.

We had friends here last week. They were renting a car for a little driving adventure.

I offered mon mari’s mobile phone for them to take with them… just in case.

 

He has an old, pay-as-you go phone.

When they got back, my friend couldn’t find the phone.

As it was old and only had a week or so of time left on it I wasn’t upset.

Actually, it was just the kick I needed to upgrade my mobile.

I had recently gotten an email from the phone company, reminding me that I could upgrade my phone. I get to do that every 2 years for 1 euro. (No, the free phones don’t include the latest and greatest – it’s a Samsung Galaxy for those who care)

Anyway… Why not?

I discovered I could give mon mari my old phone (much newer than his old phone), get him a proper contract, get a new phone for me and save money over all.

That was when my friend found the phone….

Now I really didn’t care.

I placed my orders.

I had a choice of having my phone delivered to my house or the local Tabac (tobacco shop. Tobacco shops sell all sorts of things – books, magazines, fishing and hunting gear and licences, candy and, apparently, act as drop boxes)

I elected to have it delivered to the house.

It was delivered to the Tabac.

Still, all pretty easy so far.

Today I got the SIM card for mon mari.

Along with instructions to print out the contract from the internet, fill it out in triplicate, and send it, along with a copy of official identification, the last three months of my electric bill and the bank RIB to the designated address.  Then, I wait for them to process it and send a letter back, with my copy of the contract, that they have now signed, and instructions on how to activate the SIM card.

I have to do all this, even though I have a contract with them for our internet, internet phone and my mobile.

I managed all this because it was easier to do it over the internet than to go into the Orange store and do it in person.

Tomorrow I go into the Orange store, with all my papers, and finish it in person.

Last update on July 15, 2019

5 thoughts on “Asparagus and Cherry Tomato Quiche”

  1. Best thing is o get your kids to do it for you. That’s the simplest way!
    Does that crust get hard Katie. Good for my coeliac friends

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