Crustless Sausage Cheese Quiche combines egg, your choice of sausage, peppers and cheese in a delicious low carb savory bake.
This quick and easy quiche recipe is full of protein and healthy fats making it a sustaining meal choice any time of the day.
Quiche is a well known savory breakfast dish, commonly made with a pastry crust, that can be made in a variety of ways. It is one of our favorite egg dishes and we have a few different recipes on the blog for your to try. For this recipe we are omitting the crust for a more frittata type experience, making it gluten free and keto approved.
What is the difference between a crustless quiche and a frittata?
While they are very similar, there are 3 common differences that separate a frittata from a quiche; the crust, the filling, and the pan. Traditionally a quiche is baked with a pastry crust, sometimes swapped out for a pie crust. The term frittata can be used interchangeably with crustless quiche, as frittatas are crustless and bake in a pan or skillet.
The fillings can be another slight variation between the two. Frittatas typically use a lower ratio of dairy products, while quiche recipes tend to have closer to an equal 1:1 ratio of egg to dairy. The pan you use would be the final factor in determining where your recipe falls. Because it is a savory tart, quiche is baked solely in a traditional pie pan while frittatas are cooked in a large skillet and placed in the oven to finish baking with a broiler.
What can I use instead of cream in my quiche?
If you are looking to save on calories, lower the fat content of your quiche, or if you don’t have cream on hand you can easily substitute the cream for whole milk; or a combination of cream and reduced fat milk. Whole milk will contain enough fat that it works as a strong replacement for cream in a quiche recipe. Sour cream or Greek yogurt could also be used for a cream substitute, but consider the calorie content of these two choices if you are looking to lower the calories.
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Why is my crustless quiche watery?
If you are running into problems with a thin, watery quiche you are using too much diary. The ratio of diary to egg in a quiche recipe is typically 1 egg to 1/2 cup milk or cream; adding too much dairy will not allow your custard filling to set resulting in a runny, watery quiche.
On the flip side, if your quiche is coming out too dry or with a scrambled egg like consistency rather than a smooth custard texture, you are using too many eggs. Because quiche is basically just egg and milk (or cream) it is important that you get the ratio right for the best quiche possible.
What can you eat with crustless quiche?
The beauty of quiche, especially crustless quiche, is that it is very easy to pair with other dishes and food options. Whether you are whipping up your quiche for a breakfast table, a high protein lunch option, or a comforting dinner meal; here are some ideas for what you could serve alongside your quiche.
- Buttery garlic smashed potatoes
- Fresh seasonal fruit
- Roasted vegetables
- Homemade biscuits and honey
- A leafy green salad
- Maple bacon brussel sprouts
- Fresh bruschetta
- Honey garlic roasted carrots
- Brown sugar sweet potatoes
If you are searching more delicious egg recipes check out our Angel Food Cake, Deviled eggs , and Potato Salad. We even have a large library of homemade ice cream recipes that includes our delectable Dark Chocolate Cherry Custard Ice Cream
And don’t forget to explore our other frittata, and quiche recipes.
What have you got handy that can become a part of your healthy breakfast recipes?
We used our low fat chicken sausage links with eggs and cheese to make a beautiful breakfast casserole recipe. Quiches can be a great way to use up extra eggs and whatever meats and veggies you have lying around.
I made half of this recipe into mini quiches and the other half I poured into my sunny yellow deep dish 9 inch pie plate.
The mini egg muffin quiches are handy grab food and excellent portions for a children’s breakfast. Simply portion out your filling into a buttered muffin tin and bake them in your oven like a traditional style quiche.
How do you prevent a crustless quiche from sticking?
With a crustless quiche you do need to be careful to properly prepare your dish in order to avoid sticking and burning. We recommend using a high quality butter, animal fat or high quality heat tolerant oil such as coconut or avocado oil. This will prevent your custard from sticking and also protect it from burning.
You can be liberal in your application to ensure the egg does not stick along the sides of your dish, but bear in mind it may pool a bit in the bottom during baking.
Crustless Sausage Cheese Quiche Recipe:
This gluten free quiche recipe is very simple and can be made even easier by using pre-shredded cheese, leftover cold cuts or pre-baked veggies.
You can make this quiche ahead of time if you wish, it keeps in the fridge and reheats easily in the dish when you are ready to serve.
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Crustless Sausage Cheese Quiche is Low Carb, low sugar and gluten-free. Delicious and nutritious! Seriously quick and easy recipe. Full of protein. This makes a healthy breakfast or brunch. It also can be made as mini quiches for grab food!
- 12 oz. Low fat chicken sausage, chopped into 1/2 or less sized pieces
- 21/2 Cups Shredded Mexican blend cheese
- 12 eggs
- 1/2 Cup milk
- 1/2 cup chopped peppers, fresh or frozen
- 1 Tablespoon bruschetta spice blend, or fresh oregano and thyme
- Oil pans
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Prepare sausage and set aside.
- Whisk together the eggs, milk and spices
- Add the sausage, peppers and cheese and mix well.
- Pour evenly into your preferred bakeware
- Bake muffin 20 minutes or until golden brown. Bake pie plates and 9 x 13 casserole 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.
- Let sit a few minutes.
- Serve hot or cold.
- Keeps in fridge covered tightly several days
Please add in your favorite low carb ingredients. In our video you'll notice I added cilantro. That is a great addition if you enjoy it. Otherwise leave it out. Let us know what you like in your crustless quiche!
Serving Size1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 244Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 153mgSodium 300mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 18g
This Recipe was originally published in June 2016.
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