This delicious leek quiche is a great go-to recipe. You can always add mushrooms, peppers, or other veggies you have laying around the fridge that you want to use up! Can also garnish with any kind of greens such as microgreens or arugula!
3 large leeks, about 1 pound
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 egg yolks
1 whole egg
1 Mediterranean pie crust or whole wheat yeasted olive oil crust
Freshly ground pepper to taste
¾ cup milk (2% or regular)
3 ounces Gruyère, grated (¾ cup tightly packed) - or any cheese you prefer!
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut away the root and dark green leaves from the leeks and cut in half lengthwise. Run under cold water to remove sand. If the leeks are very sandy soak them for 15 minutes or so, then run under cold water again. Drain on paper towels. If the leeks are very fat, cut the halves in half again lengthwise, then cut in thin slices.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat the oil or oil and butter over medium heat in a lidded skillet or saucepan and add the leeks and a pinch of salt. Cook gently, stirring, until they begin to soften. Turn the heat to medium-low, cover and cook gently until the leeks are very soft but not browned, stirring often, 10 to 15 minutes. If they begin to stick or brown, add a little more salt and/or a spoonful of water or wine. Stir in the garlic if using and cook for another 30 seconds to a minute, until fragrant.
Beat together the egg yolks and egg in a medium bowl. Set the tart pan on a baking sheet to allow for easy handling. Using a pastry brush lightly brush the bottom of the crust and place in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
Add salt (about ½ teaspoon), pepper and the milk to the eggs and whisk together. Spread the leeks in an even layer in the crust. Sprinkle the cheese in an even layer on top. Pour in the custard filling. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until set and just beginning to color on the top. (You can throw additional veggies you want to use also during this step)
Remove from the oven and allow to sit for at least 15 minutes before serving.