Spring Asparagus Cheese Pie

Experimented with many times, this version of the asparagus pie has the onion/garlic mixture on the bottom. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

This entree size slice of the asparagus cheese pie, has no onions in the bottom layer. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

This entree slice does have a bottom layer of onions, garlic and mushrooms. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Here is a brunch slice of the asparagus cheese pie, with a smoked salmon layer. You can’t see the hot home brewed coffee made with freshly ground (French roasted) coffee beans. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Another brunch scene at our house. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Appetizer size: a delicious way to start any dinner. The garnish on this version, is crunshed Nori. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Ingredients

9 or 10 asparagus, washed, dried, stalks trimmed

1 cup ricotta

4 eggs

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 onion, chopped

1 scallion, chopped (white part in recipe, green for garnish)

10 cloves garlic, sliced

1 anchovy fillet, well chopped (instead of salt)

1 jalapeno, seeds removed, chopped well

1 pinch black pepper

1 Tablespoon black mustard seeds

Zest of 1 fresh lemon

Juice of 1 fresh lemon

1 cup sharp cheddar, grate it at home

1 cup gruyere, grate it at home

1 cup buffalo mozzarella, shred or grate it at home

 

 

Directions

1. Do all cutting, slicing, chopping, grating

It’s a little extra work, but try to do all of your grated cheese at home. Although, it’s not found on each label, most store-bought cheese has a little something extra added to keep it fresher longer. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3. Oil a pie baking dish

4. In a skillet, cook the onion, garlic, scallions, jalapeno, mustard seeds, anchovy mashed.

Just starting to cook the onions, garlic, scallions, mustard seeds, jalapeno. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

5. In a small bowl, add the ricotta and beat eggs, one egg at a time, into the ricotta. Stir to combine well.

Beat in the eggs to the ricotta, one egg at a time. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

6. In a skillet, cook the onion, garlic, scallions, jalapeno, mustard seeds, anchovy mixture, seasoning, lemon zest, lemon juice. Cook until garlic is golden.

7. In a large bowl, mix all cheeses, including the ricotta/eggs, yogurt and sour cream

Mixing all the cheeses with the ricotta & egg. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc .

 

8. In the oiled baking dish, with a spatula, scrape everything out of the skillet and into the baking dish. Smooth this out.

9. Pour all of the cheese mixture, over the onion mixture.

Pouring the cheeses & eggs mixture over the onions & garlic. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

10. Place all of the asparagus, in a circle, on top of the cheese mixture.

The final touch: Adding 10 fresh asparagus on top and in a circle. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

11. Bake until cheese is golden and asparagus tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

Just out of the oven. You should allow this pie to cool down for about 15 to 30 minutes or the cheesy custard will not have time to set. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

12. Remove from oven and let the pie cool down for15 to 30 minutes. When we tried to cut slices, too soon, the cheese mixture did not hold its shape. You need to wait for the cheese/egg mixture to solidify as it cools down.

One of many options: Serve with a garden salad and maybe fish, like salmon, or not. Maybe, fillet of sole sauteed with garlic butter and green grapes

 

We had the asparagus cheese pie as the centerpiece of dinner and also served fresh broccoli sauteed with extra virgin olive oil and garlic slices. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

In addition to the broccoli we had a new recipe I’m experimenting with, stuffed mushrooms. Will share when ready. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

This is a light and luscious entree. Not sure which is better, with or without the more savory bottom layer. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Simply delicious and so pretty for Springtime! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Louis Jadot produces a consistently delicious Pouilly-Fuisse, which we serve over and over again. If you’ve never tried it, go ahead. Perfect for Spring and Summer. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

This weekend, we saw a beautifully acted, highly stimulating play, Dan Cody’s Yacht. It’s playing at the Manhattan Theater Club on West 55th Street, one of the theater clubs where Target Health is a Patron. We recommend this play because it is fine theater.

 

Have a great week everyone!

From Our Table to Yours

Bon Appetit!

 

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