Food of the World: Asparagus Flan

Asparagus Flan

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Ever wonder why French Women don’t get fat? In the book by just such a name, I learned to make this Asparagus Flan that is divine. Try it out, then check out the book.
Earlier this year I read a book called French Women Don’t Get Fat. It was really quite an interesting read, and not what I expected at all. The author Mireille Guiliano, takes a practical approach to food, based on her families French culture and traditions. Throughout the book, Mireille includes different recipes and sometimes a story from her childhood to go with it.
I chose to cook up the Asparagus Flan because we had just received a bundle of asparagus in our weekly produce delivery. My mom also recently stalked our fridge with eggs, fresh from her chickens. If you can get a hold of them, I promise you, farm fresh eggs are indeed better than store bought. 
The Asparagus Flan sounded like a wonderful way to use both the asparagus and eggs while getting the kids to eat some veggies without too much complaint. Mireille has you peel the asparagus, which is something I’ve never done, but it made the veggie much easier to eat. I felt it also gave the texture a nice little boost then if they hadn’t been peeled. 
Bon Appetit!
Asparagus Flan
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  1. 16 stalks Asparagus
  2. 4 Apple Smoked Bacon slices
  3. 8 eggs
  4. 2 cups milk
  5. 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  6. salt and pepper to taste
  7. 1 TBS fresh Parsley, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Remove the tough ends of the asparagus and peel them. Cut into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Boil asparagus in slightly salted water for about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Chop the bacon into small pieces, and saute.
  5. Drain the asparagus and dry the grease off the bacon.
  6. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, cream, salt and pepper, and parsley.
  7. Pour into a deep dish pie pan.
  8. Sprinkle the asparagus and bacon over the egg mixture.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cooked through.
  10. Serve with French bread.
Adapted from French Women Don't Get Fat
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12 thoughts on “Food of the World: Asparagus Flan

  1. I read that book too. A lot of good practical advice and a good understanding of how Americans can be too extreme with food and exercise. Lovely dish and perfectly seasonal.

    1. Practical, good way to describe it. I want to try more of the recipes, but I've got to give the book back to my friend. She did put out a recipe book though, so I'm going to look into that.

  2. It just so happens I have all the ingredients. What a wonderful low carb healthy dish. We grow the asparagus in our garden and our eggs come from the farmers market. I would rather spend the extra money on farm fresh. They do taste so much better! Chrystal @

    1. that was one thing I loved about this dish – I had everything but the cream, and it's so simple to put together. I need to start going to our farmers market again. It just opened up last weekend.

  3. I have that book also – I got it several years ago when I had seen her on Oprah and added bonus she has my name 🙂 Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies and I also did an asparagus dish today. This looks amazing

  4. My family loves asparagus, and a few of us are obsessed with everything French –this sounds like something we would all enjoy! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at Tasty Tuesday — can't wait to see what you share next week! 🙂

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