Crustless Broccoli Quiche

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Crustless Broccoli Quiche

Omitting the crust in this crustless broccoli quiche cuts down on prep time, cook time, and carbs — and the cheesy custard is the best part anyway.

crustless broccoli quiche

There really is no other way to put it: this crustless broccoli quiche is insanely delicious. Whether you serve it for brunch, dinner, or any time in between, it’s worth every single calorie. Doing away with the crust cuts down on prep time, cook time, and carbs — and everyone knows the cheesy custard is the best part anyway. To hold the quiche together, I spread the broccoli out on the bottom of the quiche to create a crust-like layer, making the quiche sturdy and easy to serve.

If you’d like to substitute other vegetables, like asparagus or mushrooms, feel free but keep the ratio of veggies to custard the same – and, of course, always cook and season the vegetables before adding them. As with any quiche, the oven temperature is key. Quiche should be cooked at 325°F (not 350°F as most recipes direct) for the creamiest, silkiest custard. Eggs like to be cooked gently, and those 25 degrees really do make a difference. Finally, this quiche reheats beautifully so don’t hesitate to make it ahead of time and warm up as needed.

What you’ll need To Make Crustless Broccoli Quiche

How To Make Crustless Broccoli Quiche

To begin, melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and cook until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Do not brown.

Add the broccoli, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/3 cup water.

Increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is al dente and the water has evaporated, 3-4 minutes more. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the cream, nutmeg, remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, and cayenne pepper.

Spread the broccoli and shallots evenly over the bottom of the prepared pie plate.

Sprinkle the cheese over top. I think Gruyère is perfect here — it melts nicely and has a nutty, earthy flavor — but Comté, Beaufort or Cheddar would also work well.

Then pour the egg mixture over the cheese.

Bake for about an hour, or until the custard is set and the top is golden brown.

Let cool for about 10 minutes, then slice into wedges and serve. For more quiche recipes, check out my spinach quiche and my leek and parmesan quiche. Enjoy!

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Crustless Broccoli Quiche

Omitting the crust in this crustless broccoli quiche cuts down on prep time, cook time, and carbs — and the cheesy custard is the best part anyway.

Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots, from about 2 shallots
  • 10 oz broccoli florets, cut into 1-inch pieces or smaller
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups heavy cream
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups (about 5 oz) shredded Gruyère

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F degrees and set an oven rack in the middle position. Grease a 9-inch deep dish pie plate with butter.
  2. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Do not brown. Add the broccoli, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/3 cup water. Increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is al dente and the water has evaporated, 3-4 minutes more. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the cream, nutmeg, remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Spread the broccoli and shallots evenly over the bottom of the prepared pie plate. Sprinkle the Gruyère over top. Pour the egg mixture over the cheese.
  5. Bake for about an hour, or until the custard is set and the top is golden brown. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then slice into wedges and serve.
  6. Make Ahead: This quiche can be made a day ahead of time and refrigerated. To warm up individual slices, simply reheat in the microwave for about a minute. To reheat the entire quiche, cover with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 300°F oven until hot in the center, about 30 minutes.
  7. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cooled quiche may also be wrapped tightly in foil and frozen for up to 3 months. Remove the quiche from the freezer about 24 hours prior to eating and reheat it, covered with foil, in a 300°F oven until hot in the center.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 483
  • Fat: 43 g
  • Saturated fat: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 17 g
  • Sodium: 492 mg
  • Cholesterol: 321 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • Hi Jenn,
    I’ve made your crustless quiche several times and turns out perfect. Never have tried with half-n-half or milk but may do so. This time halved the recipe because I used a miniature pie pan and baked in our RV oven. I scattered sautéed bacon on the bottom, added gruyere cheese and topped with spinach then poured the custard over and baked at 325 degrees, It took about 35 minutes. Magnifique!!! I would attach a photo but doesn’t seem to be an option here, I’ll see you on instagram.
    Ruth Beckett
    Hillsboro, Oregon

    • — Ruth Beckett on April 26, 2021
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  • I’ve made this a half-dozen times or more, always excellent, it’s my go-to recipe for quiche. The gruyere really makes a difference.

    • — harlond on April 24, 2021
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  • Wow – what an amazing quiche recipe! We did not miss the crust, in fact loved the flavor and lightness without the heaviness of a crust. I used sharp cheddar and it tasted great, but plan to try Gruyère the next time I make it. Believe me it will be soon as this is a keeper recipe and a meal you can eat any time of the day.

    • — Kim Gonia on April 19, 2021
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  • Very good and customizable to what you have on hand. I didn’t have as much heavy cream so I used a combo of heavy cream and half and half. I had leeks so I used those along with some shredded carrots for color and the broccoli and added some parsley, a little basil, the cayenne ground pepper, and nutmeg. I also had a little leftover ham and threw that in with a mix of shredded cheddar and parmesan and a dollop of ricotta. It came out great! I love gruyere but I didn’t have it so next time I will try that.

    • — Carey on April 18, 2021
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  • Made as is except swapped cream for half and half. Still absolutely delicious :). Love the pop of spice from the cayenne. This will now be my base quiche recipe as I’m trying to cut some carbs 🙁 Making again tomorrow but subbing the broccoli and using left over asparagus and ham from Easter dinner!

    • — TGlow on April 5, 2021
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  • Told my partner I was making this; he wasn’t thrilled. Made it tonight. So easy to make and didn’t change anything in the recipe. Served it with salad. He had 2 helpings. Froze leftovers for another meal. Will definitely make again.

    • — Micky on March 25, 2021
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  • Thank you for this recipe! If I make it with four eggs, how much cream should I use? How long should I bake the quiche?

    • — goat on March 20, 2021
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    • Hi, for four eggs, you’ll need just over one cup of cream. Keep in mind that you’ll need to reduce all the other ingredients as well. I think baking time should be 40 to 45 minutes but keep a close eye on it.

      • — Jenn on March 23, 2021
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  • I have made this recipe several times in a 13×9 pan. I just 1 1/2 the recipe and baked for about 1:10. My wife loved it so much the first time, she asked if I could make it with crab. I added 16 ounces of lump crab meat to the recipe and it came out perfect! This recipe makes a great breakfast casserole and is a keeper! Thank you!

    • — Glen on March 19, 2021
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  • Amazing quiche! We didn’t miss the crust one bit. Reheats perfectly. This recipe will definitely be put into regular rotation at our house.

    • — Shree on March 17, 2021
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  • Delicious! I wanted to cut calories and fat a bit, so I used single cream (U.K. equivalent of half-and-half). I bet the texture would have been creamier if I’d used double cream (heavy cream). But it was still a really nice texture and a great flavor. I’m looking forward to leftovers. And I was thinking this would be great to bring to a potluck — feels a little festive, and it’s gluten free.

    • — Rachel on March 17, 2021
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  • This is a fantastic recipe that has recently become a lunchtime go-to. I made the recipe healthier by using half and half and one cup of shredded cheese.

    • — Colleen on March 15, 2021
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  • Sooo good! Made this for dinner the other night and everyone loved it. I’m wishing there were leftovers right now! I’ve enjoyed so many of your recipes over the last year, I had to buy you cookbook. I love your clear, concise directions and the little hints. All the recipes I’ve tried have been easy to follow, full of flavor and delicious!

    • — E on March 15, 2021
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  • Jenn, this was fantastic. Best quiche I’ve ever made. I did substitute half and half mixed with plain fat free Greek yogurt for the heavy cream and it came out wonderful! Thanks so much for all your wonderful recipes. I have yet to meet one I didn’t love!

    • — Lynda on March 13, 2021
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  • Can this also be made in a crust?

    • — Diana on March 11, 2021
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    • Hi Diana, I haven’t made this without a crust, but I suspect it should work. Just make sure to pre-bake it as indicated in this recipe. I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on March 11, 2021
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      • Jenn, I used your single crust recipe and pre-baked it in a large 9 1/2” pie dish. I followed this recipe for the filling, except I used whole milk, not cream (calories!). Baked at 350 for 45 minutes. Perfect. Works well in a crust, so long as the pie pan is bigger than a standard 9”. It’s a lot of custard!

        • — Diana on March 12, 2021
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        • So glad it worked out — thanks for reporting back! 🙂

          • — Jenn on March 13, 2021
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      • Hi. I made this yesterday. It was delicious. Only thing I would not do is add water to broccoli while sautés. I felt broccoli was over cooked.

        • — Poonam Sharma on April 8, 2021
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  • I was thinking of doubling this recipe for a larger group. Do you think it would be ok in a 9×13 & if yes what do you think the approximate cook time might be? Appreciate your help as always Jenn! 😊

    • — Dana on March 10, 2021
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    • Hi Dana, Yes, this should work in a 9 x 13. The cook time will be a bit longer but it’s hard to say how much; I’d just keep an eye on it. Hope everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on March 11, 2021
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  • I made this last night and it was delicious. Just had some more for lunch today at room temperature and it was equally yummy. Even my big meat-eating partner enjoyed it. Will definitely make again.

    • — Felicity Pontoni on March 8, 2021
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  • Your recipes are so wonderful and easy to read.
    I am a big fan… Made this Crustless Quiche it was delicious…. Thank you

    • — Myra on March 5, 2021
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    • 💗

      • — Jenn on March 6, 2021
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  • Jen, I just made this recipe for lunch and it was fabulous. I happen to have some leftover steamed broccoli and some cooked asparagus, so I skipped the part about adding the water and cooking the broccoli. I didn’t have any shallots, so I used a piece of leek and two green onions. Continuing in the same vein, I didn’t have any Gruyere cheese so I had to use Swiss. Other than that I followed your recipe exactly.😂😂 I will definitely make this again.

    • — Pattie Ryan on March 5, 2021
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  • I don’t use milk or cream. Just occasional cheese. I would love to make this with extra creamy oat milk. Any thoughts?

    • — Chase on March 4, 2021
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    • Hi Chase, I’m not familiar with the extra creamy version of oat milk so it’s hard to say for sure. If you’re trying to avoid dairy, for non-dairy options, some readers have commented that they’ve used Rich’s non-dairy coffee creamer (frozen) and Trader Joe’s unflavored non-dairy creamer. (Please keep in mind that I haven’t tried it with either of these.) Please let me know if you try it with any of these alternatives!

      • — Jenn on March 5, 2021
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  • Hi Jen. Since there is no crust, can this recipe be halved?

    • — Grace on February 28, 2021
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    • Sure, Grace, but you will need a smaller pan.

      • — Jenn on March 1, 2021
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  • I just made this. I had roasted some vegetables yesterday and wanted to use them up so in addition to the broccoli I added parsnips and brussels sprouts. I also had some mushrooms that I wanted to use so that went in as well. The house smells delicious and it tastes better than it smells. I love all of your recipes!

    • — Julie Carty on February 25, 2021
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  • This recipe is delicious, easy and versatile! I have made this quiche for breakfast, brunch and dinner, and it is always a hit! This morning I gifted this quiche along with Jenn’s recipe for Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake to friends, who gave rave reviews!

    It is a recipe that can be enjoyed by everyone!

    • — Liz Keith on February 20, 2021
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  • Hello Jenn,
    Great recipe; my wife is in love with the quiche!
    Quick question, though: what other vegetable/s can successfully be substituted for the broccoli?
    Your thoughts would be welcomed.
    Thanks.

    • — AL CRONSON on February 17, 2021
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    • So glad you and your wife like this! Any other vegetables of your choosing (two that come to mind are asparagus and mushrooms) will work here. Just keep the ratio of vegetables to custard the same and cook and season the vegetables before adding them.

      • — Jenn on February 18, 2021
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  • Thank you so much for this delicious recipe! We really enjoyed the flavor of the broccoli quiche…didn’t miss the crust at all. I did it from start to finish in the same 2.5qt braiser pan.

    • — Tracy on February 16, 2021
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  • As always, I follow the recipe as described. In order to cater to my family’s dietary restrictions, i.e., for it to be gluten free and dairy free, I swap the Gruyere Cheese for Violife Feta cheese and I swap the heavy cream for Chobani Oat Drink as well as swap the unsalted butter for the Earth Balance Soy Free butter, and it is just delicious. I have made this in cupcake pans and in a gluten free, dairy free pie crust. It is always a hit and a great way for my children to eat their vegetables. The quiche is moist and cooked perfectly when following the directions. I can’t wait for her to come out with more quiche/breakfast recipes.

    • — Charlene L-S on February 3, 2021
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  • Your crustless broccoli quiche recipe is delicious, beautiful, and by far the best quiche that I have ever eaten! Thank you for another fantastic recipe, especially with broccoli. It’s the only green vegetable that I can get my husband to eat without bribery of way too much blue cheese dressing!

    • — Lisa Vivion on February 3, 2021
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  • A regular favorite, easy and great taste. Make all my quiche crustless now..

    • — mark on February 2, 2021
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  • Delicious, luxurious, elegant and comfort food all in one! My family LOVED this quiche. Also, very easy to make. Best ever!!! Thank you Jenn 👍

    • — Tara on February 1, 2021
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  • I’ve made this multiple times and have thoroughly enjoyed it! I like that these recipes are detailed enough to make them easy with no guess work. I had lots of broccoli from my garden so it was a perfect time to find this. I have a restricted diet but was able to make it using yogurt in place of the cream. It worked out great and was extremely tasty!

    • — Heidi on January 31, 2021
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  • This is an AMAZING recipe. It has all the flavor, all the texture you’d ever want. And its so flexible! I’ve tried it with many other veggies – diced carrots, green bean, whatever is at hand – and they all work. I also add additional garlic because, well, extra garlic is always yummy. And since I grew a variety of spices this year, I added thyme, oregano and sometimes a little bit of rosemary.

    • — Jan Case on January 31, 2021
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  • This is my favorite broccoli quiche! Such a great way to get my spouse to eat broccoli! I made it many times this summer when the local broccoli was in season. Now I’m making it in the winter with imported broccoli but we’re still enjoying it. I haven’t found a premade crust that I like & I’m too lazy to make my own so it’s perfect being crustless. I substitute 1/2 c of half & half for the cream & it’s still great. I don’t substitute any other cheese for the gruyere as it imparts the perfect flavor to this recipe.

    • — Judith on January 30, 2021
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  • This crustless broccoli quiche really is wonderful. I’ve been making these often since my husband started a low carb diet. I think it’s the Gruyere that makes it special.

    • — Shane on January 30, 2021
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  • I have made this recipe twice now and love the creamy egg custard. I substituted the shallot for regular onion as I didn’t have shallots, but otherwise followed directions as written. I’ve eaten it for breakfast and dinner serving it with homemade home frys and toast. Next time I plan to try another veggie, but the broccoli is fantastic!

    • — Amy Lennert on January 30, 2021
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  • I love not having to make a crust. Thank you!

    • — Rebecca on January 29, 2021
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  • Loved the quiche. I didn’t have the cream on hand so I used sour cream and substituted frozen broccoli. The quiche came out delicious and was still low in carbs.

    • — Lois M Lilling on January 29, 2021
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  • This truly is the best quiche I’ve ever made or tasted! It’s so creamy and good. I’ll even use other left obey veggies mixed in with the broccoli. Chopping the vegetables a tiny bit smaller helps to form the crust better for me. I’ve also made with precooked bacon bits and chopped ortega chili’s!

    • — C constantino on January 29, 2021
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  • This is an outstanding recipe. It has all the makings of perfection. It is easy to prepare, quick to make and a delicious crowd pleaser. Always gobbled up and then once gone, can’t stop thinking about when I can make this again. Try it, everyone will love it.

    • — lawrence schwarz on January 29, 2021
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    • Can I substitute the broccoli for frozen spinach?

      • — Sarah on March 4, 2021
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      • Hi Sarah, Spinach should work here. I’d use a 10 oz. box of frozen chopped spinach. Make sure to remove all the excess liquid so that the quiche isn’t watery. Please LMK how it turns out!

        • — Jenn on March 5, 2021
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  • The best quiche I have ever had. Very light, awesome texture & taste and so easy to make

    • — Neen on January 29, 2021
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  • I need to make this recipe for 12 vacationing guests.
    Can I substitute pie pans for a 9×13 baking dish?
    Suggestions for a side dish please.
    Thank you

    • — Gail Pearson on January 28, 2021
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    • Sure, Gail – that should be fine. I think this would go nicely with this grated carrot salad and crusty bread.

      • — Jenn on January 29, 2021
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  • Once upon a time, I had a quiche that was so delectably rich that it lived in legend in my mind forever after. All quiches since then have just seemed flat and chewy and pathetic. I have searched for years for a recipe that yielded a silky, luxurious quiche of generous proportions, and finally!!!, thank goodness, here it is. I never care for crusts on quiches anyway, and it’s a huge timesaver to skip it, so: make this quiche. Today. And tell everyone about it, so we can all be spared having bad quiche at brunches.

    • — DanaC on January 28, 2021
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  • We’re trying to cut back on carbs and this quiche is a perfect solution. The eggs were fluffy and the broccoli made up feel good about the meal. I love to freeze this quiche and it’s just as good after freezing.

    • — Linda R. on January 28, 2021
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  • I’ve made this recipe many times—always with excellent results. Before COVID, my Woman’s Club met monthly. Once a year, we serve on a Luncheon Committee and I’ve made Crustless Broccoli or Spinach Quiche several times. It’s a perfect main course served with salad and rolls. Without the crust, it works for those ladies who are gluten free or dieting. I’ll never make quiche with a crust again!

    • — Valerie Bronstein on January 28, 2021
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  • Absolutely the best quiche recipe! Always make it when hosting a brunch.

    • — Abby Tschoepe on January 28, 2021
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  • This is a perfect low carb dish!! I love the combination of broccoli and cheese with eggs so I knew it would be a keeper! I like to mix a little cheddar cheese with the gruyere as a change up sometimes but it is certainly delicious as is!

    • — Kristin McP on January 28, 2021
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  • I am so excited to try this recipe! Mornings are always so busy and this looks perfect for meal prep. I love the idea of crust less quiche since the crust usually falls off of mine anyway 🤦‍♀️ thank you for sharing this!

    • — Stephanie on January 28, 2021
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  • I had to make a few subs based on what I had in the cupboard – onions instead of shallot, chopped cheddar slices instead of shredded cheese. I can tell this would have been better had I followed the recipe. But, it was still a tasty, filling meal. Five stars for the recipe as written.

    • — Lisa O'Boyle on January 28, 2021
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  • I made this last week and it was delicious! I loved the explanation regarding the importance of the oven temperature. The egg custard turned out so creamy and I didn’t miss the crust at all. The recipe was also fun to make! Thanks!

    • — Joanne Z on January 28, 2021
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  • My kids who are not the biggest fan of broccoli ask for this whenever I make breakfast foods for dinner. It is super easy to make. IF there is any left for the next day, it tastes just as yummy as it was freshly made.

    • — Karen K. on January 28, 2021
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  • Love this recipe- make it at least once a month. Prefer this to a quiche with crust. Small florets of broccoli give the quiche great structure. Ratios work with other veggie combos but we prefer the original broccoli and shallot. It is classic with the gruyere, but we usually use goat cheddar for a little tang. Don’t skip the recommended pairing with the carrot salad- truly a case where the flavor combinations elevate both dishes.

    • — Colleen on January 28, 2021
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  • I love this recipe. I have made this recipe about 10 times. It’s my go recipe. Sometimes I use different vegetables in place of the broccoli when I make this quiche. We find this recipe delicious and we don’t feel like we are missing the crust at all.

    • — Sharon S on January 28, 2021
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