A simple but luxurious crustless cheese & onion quiche recipe with a mix of three delicious cheeses for maximum flavour. This makes the perfect vegetarian picnic or party option! The recipe has no traditional pastry crust, but we use a clever technique to help it form its own crust. Intrigued? Read on…
We have been eating a LOT of quiche around here this autumn, and I’m thinking soon you might be too.
I recently discovered the art of the “impossible quiche,” aka “self crusting quiche”. It seems to be a popular concept in Australia (thanks guys!) and is a similar concept to the retro American Bisquick quiche.
The idea is that you mix self raising flour in with the quiche filling, which sinks to the bottom to form a crust while the quiche bakes. So easy!
This is ideal for me because I LOVE quiche but cannot cook with shortcrust pastry to save my life. And a crustless quiche, however easy and practical, can sometimes feel too light, too uniform, like something is missing.
So this technique makes me ridiculously happy.
Tell me more about the crust situation
Right, so are we talking about a legitimate pastry style crust? Well, no, not really. It’s always going to be a little softer, less distinct, and somewhat patchy. It comes out a little differently every time. That’s part of the fun!
In some cases it’s amazing how much of a pastry style crust you get at the bottom but it’s generally patchy – some areas where it’s reasonably thick and others where it’s nonexistent.
Sometimes you don’t really see it, but you just notice that certain bites have that contrasting thicker stodgy layer.
And sometimes you get more of a top crust, where the top of the quiche goes crispy and delish. See like this up there? A defined, crispy layer at the top (with some gooey melting goat’s cheese just breaking through).
It somewhat depends on how you incorporate the flour. Some of the recipes I was learning from recommended whisking the flour in with the eggs and milk. This would always give me a super thick and crispy top crust and maybe a few pancakey bits at the bottom.
The way I am doing it in this recipe, we toss the flour with the fillings before pouring the egg/milk mix on top, which I find gives you more of a bottom crust.
The perfect cheeses
Cheese and onion is the quintessential vegetarian quiche flavour in the UK, and for good reason. It’s easy, cheap and makes the most of British cheddar cheese, which I think we can all agree is a strength of the national cuisine.
For me, it really soars when we add a combo of cheeses instead of just the cheddar. So we’re going to throw in some Red Leicester and goats cheese too. These are optional, but I like the contrast Red Leicester gives and the gooeyness of the goats cheese.
I use an aged goats cheese, the kind with a rind. But you can use the fresh, soft kind. It doesn’t get gooey, but it gives you pockets of soft creamy loveliness instead. I’ve enjoyed it both ways.
Other cheeses would be great too. British or otherwise. I’m thinking Lancashire cheese, feta, brie… go wild!
How to serve it
Let’s face it, this is a classic case of a vegetarian recipe with very little in the way of vegetables. It’s a protein and fat bomb, and boy is it good – but… I guess we should be rounding this out with some veg, right?
This is how I enjoy it
- With a fresh cherry tomato and basil salad.
- With air fried broccoli (I’d hold the cheese on the broccoli though).
- With a warm kale salad.
- With slow roasted, herby cherry tomatoes and mushrooms (something like this – if you lack a double oven like I do, just start it off at the stated temperature while you prepare the quiche and then move it to the bottom of the oven when you need to bump up the temperature for the quiche).
The Process in Photos
There’s a printable recipe card just after these photos, but here is the visual run through…
Easiest Cheese & Onion Quiche
- Butter for pan
- 1 large brown onion, finely minced
- 4 medium eggs*
- 355 ml (1.5 cups) whole milk
- 65 g (½ cup) self rising flour
- 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 200 g (2 cups) Cheddar and Red Leicester cheese**, grated
- 50 g (1.75 oz) goats cheese, cubed
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika
- Preheat the oven to 180C (360F)
- Generously grease a pie dish with butter and then sprinkle a little bit of the flour across the bottom of the dish.
- Whisk the eggs, milk and dijon mustard together in a jug.
- In a saucepan, heat a little olive oil over a medium heat. Saute the onions until they are soft, but not quite browned.
- Transfer the onions to the pie dish.
- Add the grated cheeses, and then add the rest of the flour and use a spatula to mix it it all together.
- Sprinkle the goats cheese over the top, then pour the egg mixture over.
- Sprinkle the smoked paprika on the top.
- Place in the oven for 35-40 minutes. It will be browned, but still a little wobbly, and should have puffed up a little.
- Let rest for 5-10 minutes before tucking in. It will sink back down again as it cools – that is fine.
I made this today and LOVE it! Thank you for sharing this recipe 😋
Yay! So happy to hear this! 🙂
I made this for a family afternoon. Can I freeze it ?
I haven’t tried with this recipe but generally quiche freezes well, so I’d go for it!
Love the sound of this! But what’s a pie dish? That could be anything. Thanks.
Just a round shallow baking dish, typically ceramic or glass, around 9 inches / 23 centimetres. Enjoy!
Hi. I’ve never heard of (or seen in a supermarket) Red Leicester cheese. Is there a substitute you could recommend? Thanks!
Yeah it’s an English cheese, I don’t suppose you get it elsewhere in the world, but any darker orange / red coloured cheese would be fine and if you can’t find one just use more cheddar! It’s not a big deal, it’s visually nice to have some difference in color because English cheddars are always white but it won’t be a big problem for the flavor. If you’re in America you get those marbled orange and white cheeses, you could even use that throughout the quiche.
Can you substitute some / all of the milk with cream ? If so what quantity would you recommend.
I’ve never tried – I don’t see why not though, maybe try 1/4 cream 3/4 milk?
I love the idea of mixing flour with the onions & cheese. It makes a much better bottom to the quiche. I had 6 eggs I needed to use up, so I added /4 cup of heavy cream to the milk and a bit more flour. I also had 1/2 of each a red pepper & green pepper which I chopped & added to the onion. I used cheddar cheese, cream cheese (I had no goat cheese) and Parmesan. I also added salt, pepper and Italian spice mix. Because of the extra ingredients I used a glass 8” x8” square pan (which comes with a cover for putting in the fridge) It was great! I can’t wait to try Feta cheese and maybe olives or spinach next. Thank you for this recipe.
I’m so happy to hear this! I hope this recipe will continue to serve you well as you try new things with it! Feta, olives and spinach are all such great ideas.