Crustless (Gluten-free) Quiche

5                                  eggs
2/3 cup                       whole milk
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (quantity depends on the saltiness of the cheese)
1/4 teaspoon             freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon             minced fresh herbs of choice
1/3 cup                       crumbled or diced cheese
1/2                               sweet bell pepper, sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 325° F. Coat a pie plate with non-stick spray, or grease with butter.

2. It’s always best to assemble your ingredients before cooking. Crack the eggs into a bowl. Measure the milk, etc. Despite the overnight hard frost, oregano and parsley were still green and crisp in my garden. I snipped some, and washed and minced the leaves.


3.  Using an electric mixer (or a wire whisk and your own energy) beat the eggs and milk for one minute until uniformly yellow and a tad frothy.

4. Stir in the herbs, salt and pepper. Pour into the pie plate.

5. Drop in the cheese, evenly distributing it throughout the quiche. I used feta cheese, but any number of cheeses would be excellent. I’ve made this with marinated mozzarella balls, and also with grated sharp cheddar.

6.  Arrange the strips of bell pepper on the top. These will sink a bit, but you’ll still see them.

unbaked quiche

(Notice my helper in the kitchen who is cleaning the bowl.)

7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the quiche puffs up.

crustless quiche

The quiche is most impressive right out of the oven, it will deflate as it cools. No matter! It’s delicious room temperature, too, which is how I served it, along with goat cheese brie and crackers, a cabbage slaw made with dried cranberries and nuts, and a green salad that used the last of the romaine lettuce from the garden. For dessert we had a cortland apple crisp.