Savory Leek Quiche

by Kirsten on May 12, 2013 · 10 comments

in Main Dishes, Misc. Savory Dishes

Savory Leek Quiche

The other day, while shopping, I overheard a conversation in the produce department in which two costumers were trying to figure out what the name of a vegetable was they had never bought and cooked with. I was astonished to see they were talking about leeks. In the German or French cuisine fresh leeks are a kitchen staple and spring time offers you some of the best leeks to choose from. Leek is a vegetable from the allium family. I would call it the milder tasting cousin of the onion and garlic. You can usually find leeks in my fridge. I like to mix them with other veggies for roasting or sauté them for stir fries.

In this savory leek quiche the leek gets sautéed with ground beef.  In my search of dinners to prepare ahead this quiche was a welcome variation to my traditional Quiche Lorraine which is prepared with bacon. I prefer to make my own pie crust, but if you are short on time a store bought one will be just fine. Serve this savory leek quiche alongside some fresh butter lettuce salad for a tasty weeknight dinner.

Savory Leek Quiche

Savory Leek Quiche
5.0 from 3 reviews
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: French
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
  • pie crust: (or use store bought)
  • 2 cups 1½ Tablespoons (250 g ) organic flour
  • 1 organic eggs
  • ½ cup 1 Tablespoon (125g) unsalted organic butter cut in small pieces
  • 1-2 Tablespoons (15 – 30 ml) ice water
  • filling:
  • 1 pound (450 g) ground beef
  • 2 leeks, washed and cut (dark greens parts removed) into thinner strips
  • oil
  • salt ,pepper, and nutmeg
  • 3.5 ounces (100 g) cottage cheese
  • 1.75 ounces (50 g) Gruyere cheese, grated
  • ⅔ cup (150 g) milk
  • ⅓ cup (75 g) heavy cream
  • 3 eggs
  • Gruyere cheese, grated for topping
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F (200 C) Convection. Grease a 10 inch (26 cm) spring pan.
  2. crust:
  3. Prepare pie crust with flour, pinch of salt, 1 egg, cold butter and ice water in a food processor. Let rest in fridge for ½ hour.
  4. Roll out your dough and place it into the pan. You need a rim about 1.5 inches (3 to 4 cm) up the sides of the pan.
  5. filling:
  6. Heat oil on medium high in a bigger pan and cook the ground beef.
  7. Stir in leek and cook for another 4 minutes.
  8. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  9. Mix cottage cheese, Gruyere cheese, milk, cream, eggs, and a pinch of nut meg. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Spread leek beef mixture evenly on top of the crust in the baking pan. Pour egg mixture over the leek mixture. Grate some extra Gruyere cheese and top the quiche.
  11. Bake for 45 minutes.
  12. Remove from pan and cut in 12 equal slices.


Savory Leek Quiche

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Kirsten May 19, 2013 at 5:51 am

Lecker sieht Deine Quiche aus! Wie gut, dass morgen eine Quiche mit Lauch und drei Käsesorten auf meinem Speiseplan steht, sonst wäre ich jetzt neidisch 🙂

Liebe Grüße,

Barbara May 18, 2013 at 5:29 am

Kirsten, your quiche looks delicious. I do like the milder taste of leeks and am always surprised so many people don’t know what they are.
We enjoyed eating your pear cake and I thought it was the perfect answer to Anita’s Paris Party. Thank you for posting it! 🙂

Patty May 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm

I would love a slice of your quiche with a green salad for dinner, looks delicious 😉

Susan o May 14, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I like leeks and cook with them when a recipe calls for them, but they are hard to wash. Your quiche looks amazing.

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) May 13, 2013 at 9:44 am

Kirsten, this quiche looks beautiful. I’m a leek lover, and always looking for new recipes. This really sounds good with the ground beef.

Dom May 13, 2013 at 6:12 am

love your quiche, I adore the ingredients and it’s so good to see that something as simple as a quiche can be so different from the way I do it… it must be quiche week on the blogs as I just posted one too!

manu May 13, 2013 at 1:05 am

This looks so delicious!!
Have a nice week

Larry May 12, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I love the onion family flavors so an onion and cheese pie has to be great

Susan May 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Kirsten, what a beautiful quiche. I also love leeks and the wonderful flavor they present to many dishes. I hope you were brave enough to talk to these ladies in the produce aisle and teach them a lesson about leek. Susan

Susan May 12, 2013 at 11:24 am

Leeks are one of my favorite onions to cook with and this quiche is just a perfect meal with a salad and some homemade bread! Happy Mother’s Day, dear friend, XOXO

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