4 small leeks (or 2 large leeks), the white and light green parts only, sliced and rinsed
1 Tbsp of butter
1 Tbsp of olive oil
1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed and cut into smaller pieces (I did a couple inches).
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed
1/3 cup of milk
1 cup of grated Gruyere cheese
1 heaping tsp. of fresh lemon thyme, chopped (regular thyme will work just fine if you don’t have access to lemon thyme)
1 tsp of fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil and grease with cooking spray. Set aside for later.
Begin melting your butter and olive oil together in a saute pan over medium heat. Add your leeks and season to taste with salt and pepper. Saute for 10 minutes and then remove from heat and keep them on the side for later. While these are cooking, blanch your asparagus for two minutes in boiling water and then put it immediately into an ice bath to stop the cooking. Set aside for later.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out your puff pastry dough into a rectangle and transfer to your prepared cookie sheet. Using a fork, score around the edges of the dough to create a “crust” and then pierce the dough randomly all over the center so that it doesn’t puff up as much in the middle. Make sure you don’t cut all the way through!
Bake for 10 minutes While this is baking mix whisk together your eggs and milk in a mixing bowl until well combined. Add the cheese, lemon thyme, parsley and slat and pepper to taste and mix to combine.
Once the 10 minutes is up, remove the puff pastry from the oven and reduce the heat to 400 degrees. Using a fork, push the air out of the center of the dough so that it flattens a bit in the center (leaving the crust around the edges high).
Scatter your asparagus and leeks all over the dough and pour your egg and cheese mixture over the veggies. Bake for another 20-25 minutes or until set.
Serve once it’s cooled.
The fact that asparagus is a great source of antioxidants and glutathione means that it can help to prevent the development and progression of certain eye problems (most notably macular degeneration, which is the primary cause of sight loss in older people).
Date Published: 24 February 2017