Cheesy Crustless Quiche

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Crustless quiche recipe including bacon, green onions, and cherry tomatoes.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

I had this crustless quiche recently at a ladies weekend (you know, the kind where husbands and kids are left to fend on their own and the gals take a well deserved break from the regular chaos) and couldn’t wait to try it when I got home.

It is pretty rich. In my trial run I substituted some (gasp!) low fat version of cream cheese, and was promptly reminded by my mother that they make up for the fat with carb-loaded filler.

I also just used my substitutions as an excuse to eat more. So now I’m sticking with the original full octane approach!

Before putting the quiche in the oven I sprinkled it with green onions, bacon, and cherry tomatoes.

This is a pretty flexible recipe, you can add whatever additions you want – herbs, mushrooms (dry sauté them first to get out the excess moisture), sausage, etc. Thanks to Cindy for this great recipe!

Cheesy Crustless Quiche Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 stick of butter (1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 5 eggs
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Method

1 Make a roux: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Stir in flour; cook, stirring until bubbly.

Gradually add the milk; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens.

Remove from the heat; set aside to cool, about 15-20 minutes.

2 Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine cottage cheese, baking powder, salt and mustard; set aside.

3 Make the filling: Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add the cream cheese, the cottage cheese mixture and the milk/flour sauce.

Stir in the Swiss and Parmesan cheeses.

4 Bake: Pour into a buttered 10" pie plate. Sprinkle the top with chopped green onions and crumbled bacon. Arrange tomato halves, cut side up, around the top.

Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes, until puffy and lightly browned. A knife inserted into the center of the quiche should come out clean. Let rest for 15 minutes, serve.

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Cheesy Crustless Quiche

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Katie

    I recently made 3 of these quiches for a birthday brunch: one plain cheese, one ham and broccoli, and another with caramelized onions, spinach, breakfast sausage, and sautéed mushrooms. They were all delicious. My mom said another guest commented on how light and fluffy they were. I recently discovered Simply Recipes, which is surprising because I’ve been reading food blogs since I was a beginner cook in the early 2000’s. I’ve been so delighted with the recipes. Thank you!

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  2. Tammy

    Delicious! I baked them in a cupcake/muffin tin. The recipe made a dozen and froze great for a quick breakfast. I just heated about 1 minute in the microwave.

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  3. Anne

    Can any quiche recipe be successfully made without a crust? Asking because I would prefer not to have crust to avoid the carbs. Unfortunately, if the crust is there, I always end up eating it.

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  4. Ellen

    I’ve made this dozens of time – I usually change recipes to make them my own – but not this one -I make it exactly as written, and it always comes out great.

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  5. Stacy H

    Best recipe, hands down. No problem to make and always turns out.

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