A small amount of leftover chicken goes a long way in this delicious chicken and asparagus quiche. Use tinned asparagus if it is not asparagus season.
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Oil, to grease
2 sheets savoury pastry
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
1 bunch fresh asparagus or 1 tin asparagus, drained
¼ cup cream or milk
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
½ cup grated cheese
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Grease a flan or pie tin lightly with oil. Layer one thawed pastry sheet on the base and sides, using off-cuts of the second sheet to fill in any gaps. Keep any remaining pastry for decorating the quiche.
Blind bake the pastry. To do so, cover with baking paper and weigh down with dry filling, such as uncooked rice or baking ‘beans’ specifically for this purpose. Bake for 10 minutes, remove the dry filling and baking paper and continue to cook for another 5+ minutes until the base is slightly golden. Remove from the oven.
In a frying pan, melt butter and sauté onion and carrot for approximately 5 minutes, until soft. Spread evenly over the pastry base.
Place the shredded chicken over the onion and carrot.
If using fresh asparagus, place it in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water and leave for a couple of minutes, until it is just tender. Drain.
Arrange the asparagus over the chicken, reserving any extra asparagus pieces. You may need to cut the asparagus to fit.
In a bowl, combine eggs, cream, mustard, cheese and any remaining asparagus pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Pour over the flan.
Roll or cut any leftover pastry into long strips and use for decoration. Brush lightly with milk.