½poundbaconcut crosswise into thin strips (lardons)
2largeleekscut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced into half rounds
¼cupwhole milkor 2%
¼teaspoonfine sea salt
¼teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
¼teaspoondried thymeor ½ teaspoon fresh minced thyme
4ouncesGruyère cheese shredded, or cheddar
Place unbaked pie crust in deep dish pie plate; flute edges if desired. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days.
When you're ready to bake, preheat oven to 375˚F. Line pie crust with parchment paper or foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake 12 minutes. Remove parchment paper and weights and prick bottom and sides of crust all over with a fork. Return to oven and bake 8 minutes more. Remove and set aside; leave oven on.
Meanwhile, cook bacon and leeks in a large skillet until bacon is lightly crisp and leeks are tender. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, whisk together cream, milk, eggs, salt, pepper and thyme until smooth. Stir in cheese and bacon and leek mixture.
Pour egg mixture into partially baked pie crust and bake 40 minutes, or until the center is just set (cover pie crust edges with foil or a pie crust shield in the last 15 to 20 minutes of baking if crust is getting too brown). Let stand at least 15 minutes before cutting. Serve quiche warm or at room temperature.