Crustless Quiche Lorraine

Crustless Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine is the queen of quiches, in my eyes. Other quiches might be delicious (they definitely are) but none of them boast the richness in history or flavor that a Quiche Lorraine does.

You know those bite sized quiche Costco sells in the freezer aisle? They come in three flavors, one of them Lorraine. My mom would keep them in the freezer--they made a perfect after school snack, or appetizer for guests (tea parties? yes).

But after you make Quiche Lorraine from scratch, you'll learn that even though they are delicious, those mini quiche bites aren't even worth a second thought. You'll never go back. Homemade, Quiche Lorraine carries the flavor of bacon and the creaminess of gruyere in every bite. Basically, it's amazing, and you'll want to make it right away. 

Crustless Quiche Lorraine
Crustless Quiche Lorraine

This version is crustless, which makes it a little bit lighter and of course, grain-free and gluten-free. It puffs up delicately, creating a crispy top and a custard base. It is good cold, but I prefer it warm.

This recipe makes enough to feed a household of two for a few days (depending on how hungry everyone is... or how much they like the combination of bacon and gruyere, which let's be real, is a lot), or a small crowd for a single brunch, along with a few other sides. For a big crowd, I'd make two: there's never too much quiche, and leftover quiche is just as good as fresh-from-the-oven quiche. Tummy rumbling? Mine to. Quiche, get in my belly.

Crustless Quiche Lorraine

Crustless Quiche Lorraine

Published November 2, 2017 by
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Serves: 3-4   |    Total Time: 45 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 1/4 pound bacon
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to your tastes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • Sprinkle ground nutmeg 
  • 1/2 cup grated gruyere or white cheddar 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced chives 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F, and generously grease a 9-inch pie pan.
  2. Cook bacon according to directions on package, until crisp. Set on plate to cool.
  3. Whisk together the milk, eggs, salt, black pepper, and nutmeg until frothy. Break cooled bacon into 1/2-inch or smaller pieces, and add to egg mixture. Add the cheese, and stir until bacon pieces and cheese are incorporated.
  4. Pour egg mixture into pie pan and sprinkle with minced chives. Place in center of oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until quiche is puffy and no raw egg remains (test this by inserting a toothpick into the middle. It should come out clean). Remove quiche from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Crustless Quiche Lorraine
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Crustless Spinach, Artichoke & Aged Cheddar Quiche

Update: This recipe has new photos as of 3/22/2019. Same recipe! :)

Crustless Spinach, Artichoke & Aged Cheddar Quiche
Crustless Spinach, Artichoke & Aged Cheddar Quiche

I am making a resolution right now, today. Will you join me? I'm resolving to have brunch more often. 

I recently looked at my calendar and realized a year ago, some of my closest friends had come over for a spring brunch and I had actually said, "We should do this every season. Like spring brunch, summer brunch-picnic, fall brunch, and winter brunch." They all nodded in agreement, delirious on mimosas, coffee, or maybe just morning air. It was settled. We were going to brunch more.

Crustless Spinach, Artichoke & Aged Cheddar Quiche
Crustless Spinach, Artichoke & Aged Cheddar Quiche

That was a year ago, and now I'm looking back thinking, what happened?? Brunch slipped through my fingers, as I got caught up in life and forgot the glory that is late morning. The smell of freshly brewed coffee? A plate full of quiche? Morning light trickling through a big window? All of these things make my heart sing. So this is my ode to brunch, and my resolution to brunch more: Spinach, Artichoke & Aged Cheddar Crustless Quiche.

Maybe with it written down, I'll actually make it happen. Will you brunch with me? For you, for your mornings? Just think of the late morning sun. 

Crustless Spinach, Artichoke & Aged Cheddar Quiche

Published February 15, 2016 by
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Serves: 6   |    Active Time: 60 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 9 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup aged white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 pound frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, strained
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Salt & Pepper

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a pie pan, or line one with parchment paper. Set aside.
    2. Chopped artichoke hearts. Place artichokes and spinach in a mesh sieve and press the excess water out as best you can. This will help the quiche set. Place strained spinach and artichokes in a bowl.
    3. Now, heat the coconut oil over medium heat in a skillet and sauté the diced onion and minced garlic until the onion is translucent. Use a spatula to scrape onions and garlic into bowl with spinach. Stir mixture until onion is well distributed, then sprinkle the mixture into the pie pan, in an even layer.
    4. Next, sprinkle the cheese mixture in the pie pan in an even layer.
    5. Whisk the eggs and milk until frothy. Add a sprinkle of salt and a few cracks of pepper. Pour mixture over filling in pie pan, ensuring there is egg mixture filling all spaces.
    6. Place in middle wrack of oven and bake until golden and puffy, about 45 minutes. Center should be set and there should be no runny eggs. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

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