Since other cooks complained that it was bland, I added 4 cloves of garlic to the leeks and sauteed them before steaming them with the asparagus. I used a whole-grain baguette, which I think is more flavorful than white bread. I used more lemon rind and fresh tarragon than the recipe called for, and I didn't have Fontina cheese, so I combined part-skim mozzarella, low-fat sharp cheddar, and Romano---and the flavors were great. I refrigerated it for just 4-5 hours before baking it, and it was firm, tasty, and a hearty vegetarian meal. I served it with cooked winter squash. Great way to use up some stale bread, but I rarely have asparagus and leeks in the garden at the same time. (Leeks are a fall crop here, and asparagus comes in the spring.)
I made this as a vegetarian option for Easter since we have two vegetarians in the family. It was popular with the meat-eating crowd as well.
Very easy to make. I didn't read the directions thoroughly so only made it a couple hours ahead of time and it was still great. I served it with hot sauce to spice it up a bit.
I made this dish as a side for Easter dinner..BLAH. I made it as written (I rarely do) and it turned out very bland. My brother liked it after seasoning it at the table but nobody else at the table even finished their first portion. I think it could be improved with additional flavor, maybe garlic, some onion and more pepper? I don't know if I'll try it again though.
This is a very nice brunch dish with great flavors that I've served for a variety of special brunch gatherings including my mother's b-day & New Year's Day. It often takes longer than anticipated to bake. Sometimes there is too much moisture in the dish and some liquid needs to be drained from the dish before serving.