Ham and Cheddar Crustless Quiche

December 23, 2016 By Cathy — 14 Comments
Lose the crust to make this quick and easy quiche packed full of ham and cheddar. This will hit the spot on Christmas morning when the gifts are unwrapped and stomachs are growling.

Ham and Cheddar Crustless Quiche

Yikes! It’s the holiday home stretch and I still have a to-do list longer than Santa’s. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t seem to get it together this year. Apart from all the baking, cooking and wrapping, we’ve had a couple weeks of homeowner headaches. Furnace issues, no hot water and the scariest of all…no internet! It was touch and go for the boys with that last one, but somehow they made it through.

Ham and Cheddar Crustless Quiche

Doesn’t it seem like the universe has a terrible sense of humor sometimes? Just keeps throwing stuff at you when your plate is already way too full. I guess it’s trying to tell me to take a deep breath and reprioritize. The wrapped presents don’t have to have perfectly folded corners and I’m pretty sure our guests for Christmas Eve will be just fine with five types of cookies instead of six.

The good news is Christmas day is going to be super low key for us. All day pjs and robes, family movie time and a simple roast chicken for diner. And breakfast is going to be just as easy. I’ll throw together this ham and cheddar crustless quiche and pop it into the oven to bake while we are busy unwrapping.

Ham and Cheddar Crustless Quiche

As much as I adore a flaky pastry pie crust, on Christmas morning even 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.

Ham and Cheddar Crustless Quiche

Alright enough chit chat…back to that list. I’ll see you back here post-Christmas and pre-New Year’s when I’ll be sharing a recipe for a sparkling cocktail that screams New Year’s Eve. Enjoy your weekend and have a happy, merry everything!

4.72 from 7 votes
Ham and Cheddar Crustless Quiche
Ham and Cheddar Crustless Quiche
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Lose the crust to make this quick and easy quiche packed full of ham and cheddar.
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Cathy Roma | whatshouldimakefor.com
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup ham diced
  • 1 medium onion diced (about 1 cup)
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp chives minced
  • 1 1/2 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.
Ham and Cheddar Crustless Quiche

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14 responses to “Ham and Cheddar Crustless Quiche”

  1. This is perfect for Christmas morning and I wouldn’t miss the crust 🙂 Have a wonderful holiday!!

  2. Cindy says:

    Happy Holidays! This seems perfect and without a messy dough roll-out. Love it. I am wiped from the Holidays and this will make everyone full and happy. Cheers to you and yours!

  3. Chris C. says:

    When you lose the crust you’re making a frittata. Just sayin’.

    • Cathy says:

      Technically a frittata (loosely translated “fried”) is started on the stove and finished in the oven. Because this dish is cooked completely in the oven in a pie plate I went with crustless quiche.

  4. Helen says:

    This has become a family favorite in my house. It’s easy to adapt based on what’s in my fridge and all four of my boys will eat it. I double the recipe and any leftovers reheat well with a quick zap in the microwave.

    • Cathy says:

      This makes me soooo happy. And you’re so right, completely easy to adapt and make your own. So glad it’s a good fit for your family.

  5. lisa rotenberry says:

    Thank you for posting Cathy! Great base recipe for a high protein, low carb dish. And easy! I’ve made it twice with whatever works that I have in the fridge! Last one was deli turkey, leeks, red bell peppers and mozzarella cheese. My man loves it!

    • Cathy says:

      SO glad it’s a hit with you and your man! And I’m happy to hear that you’ve used it as a base and jazz it up with your favorite ingredients.

  6. Audrey says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe! Fantastic use of leftover Christmas ham, and my picky children will eat it too! Am adding some broccoli to a second one 🙂

  7. Elyssa Boyle says:

    This is delicious and perfect for he whole family from my 2 year old to my 7 year old and my husband everyone loves it. I added broccoli for extra veggies.<3

    • Cathy says:

      Love the addition of the extra veggies. Thanks for taking the time to comment! Glad you all enjoyed!

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