Ham & cheese quiche with cauliflower crust

Ham & cheese quiche with cauliflower crust

This delicious low-carb quiche features a crust made out of cauliflower rice, and is a wonderful brunch or dinner recipe. The hidden vegetables are great for picky eaters and who doesn’t love a pie filled with ham and cheese?

Ham & cheese quiche with cauliflower crust

This delicious low-carb quiche features a crust made out of cauliflower rice, and is a wonderful brunch or dinner recipe. The hidden vegetables are great for picky eaters and who doesn’t love a pie filled with ham and cheese?
USMetric
6 servingservings

Ingredients

Crust
  • 12 oz. 350 g cauliflower florets, riced
  • 3 oz. 75 g (125 ml) parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 1 large egglarge eggs
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp ground black pepper
Filling
  • 6 oz. 175 g smoked deli ham, cubed or diced
  • ½ cup 125 ml (60 g) cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 5 5 large egglarge eggs
  • 13 cup 75 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 2 2 garlic clove, mincedgarlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

Instructions are for 6 servings. Please modify as needed.

Crust

  1. Place the riced cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Cook on high for 8 to 10 minutes, until very soft. Set a tea towel in a strainer in the sink and drain the cauliflower through the tea towel.
  2. Once cool enough to handle, gather the ends of the tea towel together and squeeze out as much liquid from the cauliflower as possible. Transfer to a large bowl and preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  3. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, until well combined. Grease a glass or ceramic pie plate and press the cauliflower mixture into the bottom and up the sides. Bake 10-15 minutes, until just firm to the touch.

Filling

  1. Maintain oven heat at 350°F (175°C) and scatter the ham and cheese over the bottom of the crust.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, and garlic until well combined. Season lightly with salt and pepper and pour into the crust.
  3. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until the center of the quiche is just set. Remove and let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Tip!

If you don't have a microwave, you can also prepare the cauliflower on the stovetop. Melt some butter or coconut oil in a skillet. Add the cauliflower and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes or until the riced cauliflower gets soft.

Carolyn's notes

Cauliflower might just be one of the most versatile ingredients for low carb and keto diets. It can play the part of rice, mashed potatoes, and even makes good pizza crust, tater tots, and bread. In this instance, I used it as the crust for a delicious quiche.

I love quiche for its versatility too. It’s a great breakfast or dinner, and always goes over well at brunch. And you can put just about anything in it. Think chopped veggies, meats, bacon, and cheese. The sky’s the limit when it comes to all of the flavors you can add to a quiche.

The cauliflower crust does need to baked ahead for 15 minutes, otherwise it’s too soggy and will simply bake into your egg mixture. The exposed edges of the crust get delightfully crisped and browned. I recommend using a glass or ceramic pan to keep the crust from burning.

This is also a great make ahead recipe. It holds up well for several days and warms nicely in the oven. Having guests over for brunch? Make this the day before so you can relax when everyone comes over.

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3 comments

  1. Myrna
    Delicious. I made it with salmon instead of ham and used fresh parmesans in crust and quiche.
    Replies: #2, #3
  2. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Delicious. I made it with salmon instead of ham and used fresh parmesans in crust and quiche.

    So glad you enjoyed this one!

  3. Abby
    Ahh I wish I had read this comment before doing my shopping. I hate ham so was going to leave it out. Might try get my hands on some salmon before I cook it!

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