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Last Updated on June 7, 2023
You might be surprised to learn that you can enjoy a super-tasty spinach goat cheese quiche that is gluten-free AND grain-free! This recipe for crustless quiche is made with fresh spinach, pancetta and creamy goat cheese.
Spinach Goat Cheese Quiche
Some of my best childhood memories center around food – some might think this a bad thing, but Italians love food and good food means someone was lovingly working their fingers to the bone to prepare it (LOTS of it) while hungry friends and family waited with bated breath to snarf it down.
One of my childhood faves was a savory Italian Meat Pie with rich ingredients like ricotta, eggs, provolone, and Italian meats baked nice and snug in a flour crust. I love savory pies!
Obviously, my mom’s meat pie would not work with our grain free, mostly dairy free eating. I came up with this gluten-free, grain-free quiche recipe that contains fresh goat cheese, baby spinach, and some Italian meats because I couldn’t stop dreaming of my mom’s meat pie.
You don’t even need pie crusts for this easy spinach goat cheese quiche recipe!
Crustless Goat Cheese Quiche
My family can tolerate goat cheese, as it is known to be well-digested by those who are lactose intolerant, but – if you’re not sure that you can handle it, you can leave it out all together, or substitute Parmesan cheese. (Sometimes hard cheeses are better tolerated by those who are lactose intolerant.)
My children prefer the Parmesan, but I’m trying to convert them since sheep and goat’s milk cheeses are easiest to digest.
If goat cheese isn’t your thing, you could try substituting it with feta cheese instead. Or, if you can tolerate cow’s milk, you can use any cheese that you’d like to.
My easy spinach quiche recipe is creamy with a nice touch of savory and the perfect amount of salt from the meats. It’s a wonderful breakfast recipe that we make for our Easter brunch. We love to enjoy good food, and this nutritious meal is one of our favorites.
Ingredients for Spinach Goat Cheese Quiche
This simple recipe for spinach and goat cheest quiche doesn’t contain a load of ingredients, so if you want to use it as a base and add more quiche fillings, feel free. You can see find variation ideas below.
- olive oil
- fresh spinach
- minced garlic cloves
- Genoa salami or soppressata (Genoa salami has a garlic-heavy flavor)
- goat cheese
- cashew milk
You will notice the “custard” part of this quiche contains cashew milk. This is a staple in our home. It has a lovely consistency and flavor. Feel free to swap that out for heavy cream if you aren’t dairy-free, or any other nut milk.
Even through this recipe for spinach goat cheese quiche doesn’t have a pie crust, I don’t think you will miss it! It cuts a lot of time out of the preparation since you don’t need to worry about pie weights or a blind bake.
I’ve see quiche recipes that use sweet potatoes instead of a crust, so that’s something you can consider.
Ingredient Add-Ons or Variations
This quiche recipe is easy to make, and the best part is it works great as a base. If you have a hankering for different ingredients, go for it! Here are some suggestions:
- caramelized onions
- sauteed shallots
- bacon instead of pancetta
- chopped ham
- sun-dried tomatoes
- any of your favorite veggies
- cut scallions as a topping
Making The Filling For Spinach Goat Cheese Quiche
1.) First, be sure to preheat your oven to 350F.
2.) Start by drizzling 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a glass or ceramic deep-dish pie pan, tart pan, or large quiche dish. If you prefer, you can use a pie dish with a removable bottom. Be sure to use olive oil to grease pan.
3.) Next, heat a large skillet or frying pan on medium heat. Once your pan is hot, add the pancetta and stir until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon and add to greased pie pan.
4.) Add remaining olive oil to pan and then add spinach, stirring until wilted.
5.) Next, remove pan from heat and add the garlic. Stir for about 30 seconds.
6.) Place spinach mixture in a colander and press out extra moisture with the back of a spoon.
7.) Spread spinach in pie plate atop pancetta. Then, sprinkle salami on top of spinach.
8.) Next, dollop goat cheese on top, OR, sprinkle Parmesan if using in place of goat cheese.
9.) In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and cashew milk. Pour egg mixture over filling.
NOTE: Do not salt the egg mixture or the spinach as the meats in this dish are very salty. If you are substituting the meats for another option, you may need to adjust the seasoning.
Baking Goat Cheese Quiche
After you prepare your quiche for the preheated oven, bake it for about 35-40 minutes. The end results are a rich and creamy quiche with a custard-like consistency. If you prefer a firmer texture, you can increase the baking time by about 5 minutes.
The quiche should be a nice and light golden brown on top.
Do You Put Quiche in Top or Bottom of Oven?
Typically for quiches with crust, cooking on the bottom rack is best to ensure a perfect crust. But since this quiche is crustless, you can just bake it in the middle of the oven.
What to Serve With Spinach Goat Cheese Quiche
Quiche is good for breakbast, brunch, or dare I say weeknight dinner? Keeping in mind what time of day you are going to eat the quiche, here are some great options to serve alongside it.
- fresh fruit
- green salad
- a slice of grain free bread
- paleo carrot cake muffins
- mango scones
- fried potatoes or hashbrowns
How to Avoid Watery Quiche
Nobody wants a watery quiche! The key to making sure this doesn’t happen to your quiche is to adequately squeeze out all the water from the spinach. You also want to be sure to bake it for the right amount of time. A well-cooked quiche should have a slight jiggle, but not be runny at all.
Can You Make Quiche Ahead Of Time?
You can prepare the quiche ahead of time and pop in the oven to heat it up when you are ready. This is what we do on Sundays, so when we get home from church there is no prep-work.
To prepare the quiche ahead of time you will follow the instructions to cook it as normal. Then, allow it to cool off to room temperature, cover it, and put it in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat it.
How To Reheat Quiche
To reheat your spinach goat cheese quiche get your oven heated to 300°. Next you will want to either use a baking sheet or the original pan if you haven’t removed it from the pie dish. Bake for about 15-20 minutes and then check to see if it’s heated through. You might need a little extra time, but you don’t want it to dry out from over-cooking.
Can You Freeze Quiche?
You can easily freeze your quiche for 1-2 months. You will cook it as normal, allow to cool to room temp, and then wrap it well and put it inside a freezer-safe ziploc bag. When you are ready to eat it, be sure to defrost it fully before popping it into the oven.
Storing Leftover Spinach Goat Cheese Quiche
You can store your leftover quiche in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Is It Better to Use Frozen Spinach or Fresh Spinach in a Quiche?
You will always want to use fresh spinach when making quiche. Frozen spinach contains way too much water and the end results of your quiche may be too watery.Print
Spinach Goat Cheese Quiche (gluten-free, grain-free)
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
- 16 oz. package of fresh spinach
- 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced (This garlic-lover uses 2 cloves)
- 4 oz. pkg of Applegate Farms Genoa Salami or Soppressata, diced
- 4 oz. pkg of Applegate Farms Pancetta, diced
- 1 small log goat cheese (5–6 oz.) OR 1 cup grated Parmesan
- 7 large eggs
- 3/4 cup cashew milk
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil into a glass or ceramic deep-dish pie pan or large quiche dish. Spread olive oil to grease pan.
- Heat the saute pan on medium. Once hot, add pancetta and stir until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon and add to greased pie pan.
- Add remaining olive oil to sauce pan and then add spinach, stirring until wilted.
- Remove pan from heat and add garlic. Stir for about 30 seconds.
- Place spinach in a colander and press out extra moisture with the back of a spoon.
- Spread spinach in pie pan atop pancetta. Then, sprinkle salami on top of spinach.
- Next, dollop goat cheese on top, OR, sprinkle Parmesan if using in place of goat cheese.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and cashew milk. Pour over filling.
- Bake for about 35-40 minutes.
- NOTE: Do not salt the egg mixture or the spinach as the meats in this dish are very salty.