I like using seasonal fruits and vegetables because not only they are at their best, but they are also cheaper than at any other time of the year. An asparagus pie with salad is the best lunch for any weekday!
There are many ways to make an asparagus pie, but this version with ham and cheese is my favorite! The homemade pie crust is made in no time, but you can also use store-bought if you are pressed for time.
There is no need to blanche the asparagus beforehand, but make sure to cut off the hard ends from the bottom which are usually hard and stringy.
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For the crust:
- 200 grs all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 100 grs cold unsalted butter, cut into bits cortada en cubos
- 3 o 4 tbsp ice cold water
For the filling:
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 handful of chopped parsley (or chives)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 200 grs ham cut into strips
- 1 pound fresh asparagus
- 3 eggs slightly beaten
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup grated cheese
- Salt and pepper
- For the crust: Mix flour and salt. Rub in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Add 3 – 4 tbsp ice cold water to form the dough. Do not knead. Chill for 30 minutes, roll it out on a floured surface, fit it into a pie plate and trim the excess. Prick it with a fork. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F for 15 minutes covered with tin foil and filled with uncooked beans to weigh it down and prevent it from rising. Then remove the beans and the foil, and bake for 5-10 more minutes until golden brown.
- For the filling: Sautée the onion and parsley in a hot skillet with olive oil. When ready, cover the bottom of the crust with the stir fry, the ham and finally top with the asparagus. In a bowl, mix the eggs, milk and cheese. Season with salt and pepper and pour it into the crust. Bake in a preheated the oven at 180°C/350°F for 20 minutes, or until golden and the center is set.
- You can go to the video in my previous post where I show you all the steps of the pie crust process. If you are pressed for time or simply do not feel like making the crust from scratch, you can always use a store-bought one.
- The asparagus need to be washed and with the hard ends from the bottom cut off, as they are usually hard and stringy. There is no need to blanche them beforehand.