Quiche is an egg-sellent (sorry, but I had to say it!) way to use up any of the old vegetables, cheese, or meat languishing in your fridge. This hearty anytime meal is also super easy to serve to large groups of people. I like that you can make it the night before; for breakfast, all you have to do is pop the quiche in the oven rather than frying eggs and bacon over a hot griddle. Of course, since quiche is a pie, it is supposed to have a crust, which can be tricky for those on a gluten-free diet. However, a lot of creative cooks have come up with some great ideas for replacing the pie crust with gluten-free alternatives!
To make a GF quiche crust:
- Use GF graham-style crumbs to make a crust, or make your own (see this recipe for making Gluten-Free Savory Shortcrust).
- Use potatoes. This can be really easy if you use frozen hashbrown-style potatoes and mash them into the bottom of the pan. Or you can use thinly sliced fresh potatoes.
- Line the bottom of the pan with thin-sliced roasted veggies such as carrots, zucchini, squash, or peppers. I’ve also seen someone recommend using roasted plantains for the crust layer to add a bit of sweetness, which I thought was a neat idea.
- Use rice, bound with egg and cheese.
- Use leftover GF pasta to line the pan.
- Forget it and go crustless! Okay, so technically that makes it more of a frittata, but why argue semantics? It still tastes delicious!
Once you have a GF crust and a basic egg mix, you can add anything you want! As I said, quiche is a great way to use up the leftovers in your refrigerator. Some ideas:
- Any cheese
- Ground beef
- Shredded chicken
- Julienned Ham
- Ground sausage
Here are some great gluten-free recipes to get you started!
1) For a crustless quiche, try Gluten Free Mommy’s Crustless Spinach Tomato Quiche or her Crustless Crab Quiche.
2) This quiche from Gluten Free Goddess uses roasted vegetables to line the pan.
3) This gluten-free quiche recipe from Eat Drink Better includes directions for baking a brown rice crust.
4) For directions on making a gluten-free potato crust, see this recipe from Gluten Free Cooking School for Broccoli Mushroom quiche.
What’s your favorite gluten-free quiche?