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Asparagus and cheese bread crusted pies

Serves Makes 12
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Method

  • 2 bunches (or 24 spears) of asparagus
  • 1/2 cup Mainland Egmont cheese, grated
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Anchor cream
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 12 slices thin white bread
  • 50g Mainland butter, melted
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
View the method
  1. Blanch the asparagus in boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes until just cooked.
  2. Cut the crusts off the bread slices and brush each side with melted butter, pressing them into a 12-hole muffin tin.
  3. Slice the asparagus diagonally into 1cm slices – separate the tips and pile the remainder into the bread cases.
  4. Place the Egmont on top of the asparagus followed by two asparagus tips.
  5. Beat together the eggs, cream, lemon zest and seasoning and pour evenly between the 12 pies.
  6. Bake at 180° C for 15-20 minutes or until the egg mixture has set.
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