I went to the Southie farmers’ market for the first time that I have lived here for the past 5 years. It occurs from 12-6 every Monday, but in the past I had always worked during these hours. I picked up some additional plants for my porch, and also bought some asparagus and fresh eggs.
When I got home, I realized I had enough ingredients to make a whole meal out of my farmer’s market purchases…Bacon Asparagus Quiche! I love to make a whole meal our of my farmers’ market finds.
-1 pie shell (I used a frozen one)
-1 bunch asparagus
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-6 pieces of bacon
-6-8 eggs (I used 8 as the fresh ones were on the small side)
-thyme (dried or fresh)
-1 and 1/2 cups milk and/or half & half (I used a 50/50 combo, but use any combination you prefer)
-shredded cheese (I just used a cheddar and monterrey jack mix I had from a previous recipe)
-salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cover the pie shell (in a pie pan) with foil. Lay the bacon on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake both in the oven for 12 minutes or until done.
Meanwhile, wash and slice up the asparagus in 1-2 inch pieces. Heat a small skillet to medium and add olive oil. Add asparagus and saute 6-8 minutes. Add a small dash of thyme and cook for 1-2 more minutes.
Combine the eggs, milk/half & half combination, and shredded cheese in a large mixing bowl. Once the asparagus is done cooking and has cooled for a bit, add the asparagus to the egg mixture. In addition, once the bacon has cooled, break it up into small pieces and add it to the egg mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Lower the heat on the oven to 325 degrees F. Put the pie shell on a baking sheet. Pour the egg mixture into the pie shell (I originally put a little too much milk in the recipe at first so it overflowed, as seen in the picture below…recipe above adjusted for this!) Cook for 30-40 minutes, or until set. Let the quiche cool slightly before eating.
This recipe would be delicious with a mixed greens salad and a light dressing and a nice glass of white wine!