Of course there is a story behind my Chicken and Asparagus Quiche. I made a verison of this quiche for Lily’s first birthday party in 2007. The theme: Pink Poodles in Paris (she has always been fancy!) and the menu was French inspired with quiche, Nicoise Salad and other goodies. As usual I made way too much and had to freeze one of the quiches.
The quiche did not reappear until 2 months later. Lily was at CHOP and we were living in the pediatric ICU while she recovered from a brain tumor resection. Olga, Mike’s mom, was here running our lives while we fought for Lily’s and making sure we ate healthy food. Being the resourceful mama that Olga is, she dug through our freezer and found the quiche.
When we ate it for dinner, reheated in the PICU communal microwave and dished up paper plates–I traveled elsewhere. In my mind we were back at Lily’s very first party–back singing and celebrating and enjoying tastes of simple, delicious food.
The second time I made this quiche was for Karen–my childhood bestie. This August, I had the joy of visiting and celebrating the birth of her son, Andrew. Of course, I cooked–soup, stuffed peppers and this quiche.
The original recipe for this quiche came from a french cookbook I borrowed from my dear friend Tracy. My verison may differ slightly (I misplaced my copy of the original.). It pulls together super quick and can easily make two (you will have left over chicken and asparagus). Make two and share one with a friend!
1 pre-made pie crust
Asparagus–8 full spears plus 1 cup diced asparagus
1 cup of diced rostierrie chicken ( breast and thigh meat, save the extra meat for another quiche or salad; save the bones/carcus for making chicken broth)
4 eggs, beaten until frothy and fluffy
3/4 cup milk
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 T dried mustard
1cup grated swiss cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400F
2. Carefully roll out pie crust into pie pan and score the bottom
3. Sprinkle diced asparagus onto bottom of pie crust. Then sprinkle diced cooked chicken.
4. Fold 1 cup milk, garlic, mustard, swiss cheese and salt/pepper into the egg mixture.
5. Pour egg/milk mixture on top of asparagus chicken. Arrange remaining asparagus spears on top of uncooked quiche
6. Bake 45 minutes or until firm and slightly browned.