- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus 1 tablespoon for greasing the pan
- 4 leeks, upper (dark) green part removed, split lengthwise, halved again lengthwise and cut into 2-inch strips. Wash and drain the strips carefully
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground white pepper
- 8 eggs
- 8 ounces fresh goat cheese, cut into slices
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups milk
- Hot sauce, few drops
- Worcestershire, few drops
- 8 ounces Brie cheese, cut into 8 even slices, rind trimmed
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a medium skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. When the butter starts to froth and brown slightly on the edges, shut off the heat and add the leeks. Turn the heat back to medium and season the leeks with salt and pepper. Stir to blend. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the leeks become only slightly tender. Transfer the leeks to a baking sheet and place the sheet in the refrigerator to cool.
Crack the eggs into a medium bowl. Whisk the eggs to break them up. Add the slices of goat cheese and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Use a whisk to break up the goat cheese and blend it with the eggs. When it is fairly smooth, whisk in the cream, milk, hot sauce and Worcestershire.
The test: It's a lot harder to check the seasoning of an uncooked quiche batter. If desired, heat a pan, add a touch of butter and cook a tiny bit of the batter for 1 minute. Taste and adjust seasoning of batter, if needed.
Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch baking dish with the remaining tablespoon of butter and fill with the cooled leeks and top with batter. Place the dish in the center of the oven and bake for about 20 minutes. Open the oven door and gently layer the Brie slices on top of the quiche. Close the oven and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes until the top is slightly brown and bubbly.
Recipe courtesy Alex Guarneschelli