Loaded with chicken sausage, broccoli, and cheese, this silky crustless quiche is a hearty meal for breakfast, brunch, or dinner!

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All “crust”ed out

Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the US, and I made (and ate) pie. Lots of pie. So it pains me to admit that, as much as I love pie (and you know I do!), I need a break from making pie crust (say it ain’t so!). Don’t worry, I’ll get over this phase quickly. But now the holiday season has officially begun, and with that comes entertaining family and friends. Though it’s easy to serve cookies, cakes, and pies, sometimes you need something that feeds a crowd, regardless of the meal. Enter quiche, that versatile concoction of eggs, cream, cheese, and fillings.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that I think of quiche is another form of pie. And most of the time, it is. However, seeing that I’m on a pie-crust hiatus at the moment, making a crustless quiche seemed like a reasonable prospect. After all, at its core, quiche is just a free-standing egg custard (the crust is merely a holding vessel). Most people might think of egg custard as a dessert, but really the only difference is how the custard is flavored…is it sweetened or filled with savory ingredients? If it’s the latter, it’s quiche, simple as that.

Remember the ratios?

It turns out that free-standing egg custards are easy to make, and have an easy ratio to remember, thanks to Michael Ruhlman‘s book, Ratio. A free-standing egg custard is 2:1 liquid-to-egg (by weight…yep, a kitchen scale comes in handy here). So a quiche containing 3 cups (or 24 oz) of a milk & cream mix would have 6 eggs (or 12 oz, an egg weighing about 2 oz apiece). The beauty of this ratio is it creates a quiche that has the silky texture of egg custard, soft but with enough body to hold the fillings in suspension.

Oh, and that cream mixture? You can decide how much milk vs. cream you’d like…the more cream, the richer the custard will be. You can even use a milk-substitute if you’d prefer…it’s the combination of liquid and eggs that make a custard, not that it has to be dairy. Case in point, the Double Dark Chocolate Pudding I made using almond milk.

[Side note: I keep saying free-standing custard which can hold its shape, like flan. It’s a cousin to pastry cream, which contains the same base of eggs and cream but having a 4:1 liquid-to-egg ratio, so it can’t stand up on it’s own. Also, a free-standing custard is baked to set rather than thickened on the stove with cornstarch. I love when things are related like that.]

Michael Ruhlman Ratio cookbook cover
This is one of those books that changed everything for me

It’s all about the layers

I mentioned the suspended fillings above. The inspiration for this recipe came from Cozy Country Living’s Savory Sausage & Broccoli Quiche, which is baked in a 9-inch pie pan. Since my crustless quiche is higher than that quiche that’s baked in a pie shell, it’s good to have the filling mixed throughout rather than sunk to the bottom. Whisking the custard (that is, the cream and eggs) into a frothy mixture helps hold everything in place.

Speaking of the fillings, aside of the cream and eggs, the rest of the ingredients are completely flexible. I chose to use fully-cooked chicken sausage (to save time), and broccoli and cheese that I had on hand. You can skip the meat to keep it vegetarian, and vary the vegetables and type of cheese to suit your taste. Just make sure the meat (if you choose to use some) and vegetables are cooked through before pouring the custard on them. What you choose is up to you.

Chicken Sausage & Broccoli crustless quiche ingredients
Eggs & cream are required for quiche…the rest is up to you.
Making the filling for Chicken Sauce & Broccoli crustless quiche collage
Cooking the filling.
Beating the custard for Chicken Sauce & Broccoli crustless quiche collage
Ya gotta make the custard frothy!

You might need to whip the custard more than once as you create the layers. Luckily, it comes together fairly quickly, then into the oven it goes.

Assembling the layers for Chicken Sauce & Broccoli crustless quiche collage
It’s all about the layers…here’s round one
Chicken Sauce & Broccoli crustless quiche before & after baking collage
Layered crustless quiche goodness before and after baking
Chicken Sauce & Broccoli crustless quiche slice plated with full baking dish in background
Serving up a piece of quiche for brunch
Chicken Sausage & Broccoli crustless quiche plated slice closeup
Loaded with chicken sausage, broccoli, and cheese, this silky crustless quiche is a hearty meal for breakfast, brunch, or dinner!

Crustless Quiche adapts to any meal

The texture of this crustless quiche really was silky smooth. We didn’t miss the crust at all…that meant we could savor the fillings all the more. Speaking of, the fillings made this a dish that could shine as a main course for breakfast, brunch, or dinner…add a side salad and a sourdough dinner roll and you’ve really got a meal. You can, of course, make a pie crust for a deep-dish quiche (yes, you still want those layers if you can get them)…hmmm…maybe my pie-crust hiatus is about to end…

Slainté! L’chaim! Cheers!


Chicken Sausage & Broccoli Crustless Quiche

Loaded with chicken sausage, broccoli, and cheese, this silky crustless quiche is a hearty meal for breakfast, brunch, or dinner!
Adapted from Cozy Country Living
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Cooling Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Chicken Sausage, Custard, Egg Custard, Eggs, Pies, Quiche, Sausage
Servings: 12 pieces
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Tammy Spencer, Scotch & Scones

Special Equipment


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups broccoli, cut into small florets (1 head, 180g)
  • 1 cup red onion, small dice (1/2 onion, 95g)
  • 3/4 cup bell pepper, small dice (6 minis or 1/2 regular size, 110g)
  • 3 cups breakfast sausage, fully cooked, cut into 1/4-inch half moons (12 oz)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk, optional
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 cups cheese (170g), shredded


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a Pyrex 3-qt glass oblong baking dish with baking spray and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli, onions, and bell peppers to the pan and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt. Cook until the vegetables are softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add the sausage and cook until heated through, another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Using a handheld mixer, blend the milk, cream, eggs, remaining 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper until frothy…this helps keep the garnishes suspended as you layer them into the pan.
  • Layer 1/2 of the sausage mixture into the pan. Pour 1/2 of the frothy custard over the mixture, then sprinkle with 1/2 the cheese. Layer with remaining sausage mixture. Refroth the batter and pour into the pan, then top with the remaining cheese.
  • Place in the oven and reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the center is just set and a knife insert into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and let the quiche sit and rest for 10 minutes, then serve warm. Alternatively, allow the quiche to cool completely and refrigerate. The quiche can be served cold, room temperature, or warmed, as you desire.


Recipe Notes

Michael Ruhlman’s ratio for quiche is 2 parts milk to 1 part egg (by weight). It’s simple to remember. I like that.
I added an egg yolk to add a bit of richness (and certainly not because I had one in the refrigerator that I needed to use). It’s totally optional.
You can use a combination of milk and heavy cream to suit your tastes, as long as the total liquid measures 3 cups. Of course, the more heavy cream you use, the richer the custard will be.
The type of sausage (raw or fully cooked), vegetable combinations, and cheese you use is entirely up to you…use your imagination. I used a fully cooked Maple Chicken Breakfast Sausage and a Caramelized Onion Cheddar Cheese (both from Trader Joe’s). If you decide to use a raw sausage, brown the sausage along with all of the vegetables until no pink remains and the veggies are softened.
The layering is a technique that Ruhlman talks about in his recipe for Quiche Lorraine. I adopted it here even though I was serving the quiche directly from the pan…I just liked the idea of the different layers to add texture to the dish. Whether you choose to follow my lead or just put everything in at once is again entirely up to you.
Because I was adapting this recipe from one that used a crust, I baked the quiche at a lower temperature for a longer time than most quiche-with-crusts are baked. I’m trying to maintain that silky texture for quiche that Ruhlman talks about…work with me here.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Sausage & Broccoli Crustless Quiche
Amount Per Serving
Calories 260
* Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 cal per day diet.
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