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Challenge: Reinventing Breakfast

Ham and Cheddar Crustless Quiche

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Lose the crust to make this quick and easy quiche packed full of ham and cheddar.

Ham and Cheddar Crustless Quiche

  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cooking Time: 40 min


  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup ham, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 8 eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp chives, minced
  • 1½ cups mild cheddar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9 inch pie plate (preferably glass or ceramic)
  2. Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet. Add the onion and ham and cook until golden, about 8-10 mins
  3. In a large bowl, whisk to combine the eggs, milk, heavy cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg and chives.
  4. Sprinkle the cooked ham and onions evenly in the bottom of the prepared pie plate. Sprinkle the cheese over the ham and then pour the egg mixture over the top.
  5. Bake about 40 mins or until the quiche is just set in the center.

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As much as I adore a flaky pastry pie crust, sometimes I don’t feel like breaking out the rolling pin. Instead I scatter diced ham and sautéed onions on the bottom of a pie plate, then sprinkle shredded cheddar over that and pour the egg mixture on top. It bakes up so light and fluffy and the ham almost acts like a bottom crust. And the best part is it only takes minutes to whip up. It’s great for a weeknight dinner too when paired with a green salad and a hunk of crusty bread.

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