Quinoa Crust Ham Cheese Quiche

Ham and Cheese Quiche with Quinoa Crust

Quinoa is so versatile. It’s great for a side dish, breakfast, pudding and now pie crust! Its a super easy crust to make — I swear it takes a quarter of the time of regular pie crust. Its made with quinoa — which is super nutritious. Did I mention the time savings? That alone, will add quiche back into my life. Well that and its a delicious fool-proof gluten-free alternative.

The quinoa crust adds a great contrast to the quiche. The filling is soft and smooth and the crust adds a crunchy-ness. I made a ham and cheese quiche (that is what I had on hand), but of course, this crust would work for any quiche. Spinach, bacon, onion, goat cheese, asparagus and the list goes on.

What your favorite quiche?

Ham and Cheese Quiche with Quinoa Crust

Gluten-Free Quinoa Crust
  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • ½ cup gluten-free oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a 9” pie plate or 4 mini pie plates with non-cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together quinoa, flour, flaxseed and egg.
  3. Using a fork, fold in butter into quinoa mixture.
  4. Press dough evenly into the 9" pie plate. If using 4 minis, divide dough into 4 equal parts and press dough evenly into each pie plate.
  5. Bake the empty pie plate(s) for 10 minutes .
Ham and Cheese Quiche with Quinoa Crust
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup cooked ham, thickly sliced and cubed
  • ½ cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk until well-combined.
  2. Season with salt and pepper and pour into the prepared 9" pie plate. Make sure the egg mixture does not reach the very top of the pie plate.
  3. Scatter the ham, cheese and thyme evenly over the filling.
  4. Bake 400°F for 30-35 minutes or until set, lightly golden and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
  6. 4 Mini Quiches
  7. Pour egg mixture into each prepared mini pie plate, not filling to the top.
  8. Divide the ham, cheese and thyme into four and sprinkle evenly over filling.
  9. Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes, or until set. lightly golden and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

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