Leek & Gruyere Quiche

Leek & Gruyere Quiche

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This vegetarian tart would be a nice main dish for a shower or brunch.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • Crust
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons ice water
  • Filling
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces leeks, white and light green part only, washed thoroughly and thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 large large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • ¾ cup evaporated nonfat milk
  • ¾ cup fat-free, or low-fat milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fine dry breadcrumbs
  • ¾ cup shredded Gruyère cheese, (about 3 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese


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  1. To make crust: Position rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat to 425°F.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook butter, swirling the pan, for about 30 seconds, or until it is a light nutty brown. Pour into a small bowl and let cool. Stir in canola oil.
  3. Whisk flour and ¼ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Slowly stir the butter-oil mixture into the flour mixture with a fork until it is crumbly. Gradually stir in enough ice water for the dough to hold together. Gather the dough into a ball.
  4. Place the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap and flatten into a disk. Roll into a 12-inch circle. Remove the top plastic sheet and invert dough into a 9-inch pie pan. Remove the remaining plastic. Fold edges under at the rim and crimp.
  5. Line the dough with a piece of foil or parchment paper large enough to lift out easily; fill evenly with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 7 minutes. Remove paper and weights and bake for 3 to 5 minutes longer, or just until lightly browned. (The crust will not be fully baked.) Cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  6. To make filling: Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet over low heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks are soft and wilted, 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  7. Whisk eggs and egg whites in a large bowl. Add evaporated milk, fat-free or low-fat milk, ¼ teaspoon salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne, stirring gently to avoid creating bubbles.
  8. To assemble & bake quiche: Spread mustard over the bottom of the prebaked crust; sprinkle evenly with breadcrumbs. Top with Gruyere, then the cooked leeks. Carefully pour in the egg mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake until just set and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Per serving: 245 calories; 13 g fat(4 g sat); 1 g fiber; 21 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 76 mcg folate; 63 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 834 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 235 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 332 mg sodium; 240 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (24% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, 1 vegetable, ½ lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 2

November 30, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
The secret layer of Dijon mustard and bread crumbs is genius'and delicious! I use it for just about any quiche I make now. I made this crust with half white flour and half whole wheat pastry flour and it came out pretty well (a little crumbly).
November 29, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
I made this quiche to take to a breakfast potluck because I had some leeks in the garden that I wanted to use. It came together quickly and easily and tasted great both warm and at room temperature. I received many compliments and my husband-not a big quiche fan-loved it. I spread a little more dijon than called for and I worried that it was too much, but my husband said it was perfect. It gave it a little added flavor. I will definitely make this again.
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