Bacon, Leek and Roasted Tomato Quiche with Polenta Crust

This BLT Polenta Quiche features bacon, leek, and roasted tomatoes in a polenta pastry shell.  It’s a delicious twist on a classic!  The polenta pastry crust is super easy to make and is also naturally gluten free!

For more quiche goodness be sure to also try our classic Bacon and Leek Quiche and our fun and flavorful Canadian Bacon and Pineapple Quiche!

blt polenta quiche bacon leek roasted tomatoes

Here’s what happened.   I had leek that needed to be used, some fresh tomatoes from my garden, and an open package of bacon.  And I was in the mood for quiche.  A savory, buttery, leeky, tomatoey, bacony quiche.  But I was also in the mood to experiment with something different than the typical pastry crust.  I had recently made this Polenta Lasagna and that gave me an idea.  That’s where the idea of a polenta crust came into play.  Not only would it be a new flavor twist, it would be quick and easy process.  No cutting in cold pieces of butter with flour, adding ice water, kneading it into a dough, forming it into a ball, rolling it out, etc.

The resulting polenta-crusted quiche was delightful and really yummy change from the norm.  Next time I’m going to experiment with some other flavors, like a Mexican polenta-crusted quiche.  Something along the lines of adding some smoky chipotles to the polenta and crumbling in some queso fresco.  But for today’s quiche we’re going to sit down to a thoroughly delicious Bacon, Leek and Roasted Tomato Quiche with Polenta Crust, which we’ll shorten simply to BLT Polenta Quiche!  And for my gluten free readers, this quiche is naturally gluten free!

blt polenta quiche bacon leek roasted tomatoes

BLT Polenta Quiche Recipe

Let’s get started!

Roast the tomatoes and bacon together in the oven until the bacon is done and the tomatoes have collapsed and are beginning to brown.  Once cool enough to handle, roughly chop the tomatoes and break the bacon into small pieces.

roasting the tomatoes and bacon

While the bacon and tomatoes are cooking, prepare the polenta crust (this can also be done in advance).

In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the cornmeal in a gradual stream, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Add the butter. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook, whisking frequently, for about 15-20 minutes until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan into a firm, sticky mass.

making the polenta in a saucepan

Butter a quiche dish.  Press the polenta mixture into the quiche dish and up the sides.

Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes until the edges are slightly crispy.  Allow the crust to cool.

baking the polenta crust

Melt the butter in a skillet and saute the leek until softened.  Set aside until ready to use.

To make the filling:  Place the eggs in a medium mixing bowl.  Add the half-and-half, salt and pepper and whisk generously until the eggs are thoroughly combined.

cooking the leek and preparing the custard filling

Spread the leek, roasted tomatoes, and crumbled bacon into the crust.

Pour the half-and-half/egg mixture over it.

filling the polenta pastry shell

Sprinkle the cheese over it.

In an oven preheated at 325 degrees F, bake for 35-40 minutes or until until golden brown on top and the middle of the quiche is firm.

baking the polenta quiche

Remove the quiche from the oven and let it cool for at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

blt polenta quiche bacon leek roasted tomatoes

Slice into wedges and serve hot or at room temperature.

Enjoy!

blt polenta quiche bacon leek roasted tomatoes

Originally published on The Daring Gourmet September 17, 2013

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