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Fresh Asparagus Quiche

 Fresh Asparagus Quiche
Once those first fresh asparagus spears sprout up, invite some special friends for a brunch and pull out this recipe. This lovely pie has a hint of Swiss cheese and beautiful green asparagus peeking out of every slice. — Ann Eastman, Greenville, California
6-8 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh aspragus, trimmed
  • 1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

Directions

  • Cut eight asparagus spears into 4-in. pieces; cut remaining spears
  • into 1/2-in. pieces. Cut all of the asparagus in a small amount of
  • water until tender; drain and set aside. line the unpricked pastry
  • shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450°
  • for 5 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer. Remove from the
  • oven and set aside. in a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter;
  • stir in flour and salt. Gradually add milk; cook and stir until
  • thickened. Stir a small amount into eggs; return all to pan. Stir in
  • cheese and 1/2-in. asparagus pieces. pour into crust. Sprinkle with
  • bread crumbs. Bake at 400° for 35 minutes or until a knife
  • inserted near the center comes out clean. Arrange the 4-in.
  • asparagus pieces in a spoke pattern on top. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 279 calories, 17 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 135 mg cholesterol, 395 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein.
Wine: Sparkling Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.