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Asparagus Quiche

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  Fresh asparagus 1 Pound
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  10 inch unbaked pastry shell 1
  Egg white 1 , lightly beaten
  Shredded swiss cheese 8 Ounce (2 Cup)
  Bacon strips 10 , cooked and crumbled
  Eggs 4
  Half and half 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Ground nutmeg 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1 Pinch
  Cherry tomatoes 1 Tablespoon, halved

Cut eight asparagus spears 4 in.long for garnish.
Cut remaining asparagus into 1/2-in.pieces, using only tender parts of stalks.
Boil 1 qt.of water in a large saucepan; add salt and all of the asparagus.
Return to a boil.
Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
Drain and rinse asparagus.
Brush bottom of pastry shell with egg white.
In a bowl, combine cut asparagus, Swiss cheese and bacon; mix gently.
Place in bottom of pastry shell.
In another bowl, beat eggs, cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper until smooth.
Pour into shell.
Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
Arrange the asparagus spears, spoke fashion, on top of quiche; place cherry tomato halves between spokes.

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