December 26, 2010

Leek, Lemon and Feta Quiche

I was looking for something a little different for breakfast on Christmas morning and found a recipe for this quiche. Using a refrigerated pie crust, this was quickly and easily put together by chopping and sautéing leeks, whisking half-and-half and eggs along with a little lemon zest and putting it in the oven. Slices of feta are put on top of the egg mixture and I'm glad I resisted the urge to just crumble it and toss it in. 
With the delightfully mild flavor of the leeks, just a hint of lemon, and the tangy feta topping, this is perfect for a breakfast or brunch menu. Serve with a few slices of crisply fried bacon and a simple fruit salad. 


Leek, Lemon, and Feta Quiche - adapted from Food 52
1 refrigerated pie crust
1# leeks (3 leeks)
2 T olive oil
1 cup half-and-half
3 eggs
1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
1 tsp kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 ½ ounces feta cheese, cut into ½” slices

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Remove dark green tops from leeks leaving a couple inches of light green with the white portion of the leeks. Halve the leeks lengthwise, then cut crosswise in ½-inch slices. Place the slices into a colander and rinse well. Drain well.
3. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook until they are wilted. Turn off the heat and let sit.
4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, lemon zest, salt and pepper.
5. Line a pan pan with the refrigerated crust.
6. Distribute the leeks evenly across the bottom of the pie crust. Pour the milk mixture over the leeks. Top with slices of feta.
7. Bake 30-40 minutes. The center should be solid and the crust and top nicely browned. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.


  1. Beautiful Karen! Another recipe bookmarked. It looks and sounds delicious and fresh. By the way, made the garlic knots for Christmas Eve and they were a little dense. I messed something up on the punchdown and the 2nd rise. They looked beautiful up until then. I'm definitely going to perfect that recipe, if it kills me! ;-)

  2. Ooh now those are 3 things I never would have thought to put together but the pictures show it really works...time to go rummage the kitchen for Christmas leftovers! :-)

  3. Your quiche is very different than my old standby and I can't wait to try it. I love the combination of lemon and feta along with leeks. Terrific photo, Karen.

    Happy New Year!

  4. I would definitely love to wake up to this on Christmas mornings! Leeks have such great flavor and must pair so nicely with the tangy feta!

  5. This looks and sounds perfect - an unexpected combo and I love those! As always, your photos are beautiful.

  6. What a perfect alternative to a standard cheese quiche. This sounds wonderful. I love everything you've put in here and wouldn't hesitate to make it for family and friends. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  7. This looks like something I would love to eat. Glad to hear about the idea of using store bought pay crust.

    Now, if you can just send me a little piece. :)

  8. Yum, this looks so tasty!
    Have a great New Year Karen!

  9. This looks incredible ~ Would love to have some for breakfast this morning ~ Happy new year!


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