Crustless Spinach Quiche with Ham and Gouda Cheese is a super easy recipe, low in carbs, delicious and also healthier than the regular quiche. This is a perfect dish for breakfast, lunch or brunch.
Crustless quiche is one of our favorite breakfast items. We are not cereal eaters in the morning, so eggs are a great way to get energy, protein and keep us satisfied for longer periods of time.
What goes into this quiche recipe?
- Spinach is the main ingredient. I used frozen spinach, because it is convenient and easy to use.
- Large Eggs
- Smoked cured pork loin is what I used for meat, but you can easily use chopped ham or even cooked bacon. If you want this quiche vegetarian, skip the meat.
- Gouda Cheese– it has a dense texture and a nutty, sweet flavor. As it ages, the cheese becomes sharper. It is delicious, but if you do not have any Gouda cheese available, Cheddar cheese is a good alternative.
- Sour cream– people asked me what ingredient I use in my quiche recipes and why is it different than other recipes out there. I believe it is the cream or the sour cream I mix with the eggs, instead of using milk or half and half as you will see in many American recipes.
In fact, I discovered recently reading the Larousse Gastronomique, that the original recipe for quiche has a base made with beaten eggs and cream, or cream fraiche, the European substitute for our American sour cream.
I was happy to learn that, as I always used sour cream in my quiche recipes, because I liked the texture.
As I always say, use the best ingredients you have around and don’t be shy to experiment. I do that very often as we need to constantly adapt.
This recipe is very easy to make and also good for you if you are watching your carbs. There is no crust involved. I make quiche very often because we discovered that we can eat it not only for breakfast, but it is great for brunch or lunch.
I often take a slice with me at work and have it with a salad. Do you have a favorite salad? I like this one. Goes really well with any kind of quiche.
Spinach is also one of my main staples in the house. I always have a bag of frozen spinach and I never run out of eggs, ham, cheese( the sharper, the better for this recipe) or sour cream.
If you want to see the pantry items I cannot live without, read here. Lots of good idea items to put on your shopping list!
Anyway, quiche recipes are very forgiving and if you are a little bit creative, you can put together a fancy quiche out of nothing basically, using main ingredients most people have in their fridge.
- 8 oz smoked ham or cooked bacon
- 16 oz frozen spinach
- 3-4 green onions
- 5 large eggs
- 1 cup shredded Gouda cheese
- 2/3 cup of sour cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Slice and dice the ham or crumble the cooked bacon.
- Chop the onions.
- Set the stove on medium heat and use a skillet to sauté the ham and the onions together with some oil. If you use bacon, just saute the onions.
- Add the spinach and cook everything together until the liquid from the spinach evaporates. Your mixture should not be very wet. (This is the time to add the cooked crumbled bacon to the mixture in case you used bacon)
- Let the mixture cool down before assembling the quiche.
- Taste for salt and pepper, but go easy on the salt as the ham/bacon and cheese are also salty.
- Shred the cheese.
- Whisk the eggs together.
- Add the sour cream and cheese to the eggs and mix well.
- Spread the spinach mixture on the bottom of a baking dish.
- Pour the mixture of eggs over the spinach and mix well.
- Bake the quiche for about 30 mins at 350F, until it’s lightly brown outside and cooked inside.
- Insert a toothpick in the middle and check if it is done. The toothpick should come out clean.
- Serve warm or cold for breakfast or with a salad for lunch.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 582mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 17g