Garden Vegetable Quiche Sans Le Crust

One of my favorite surprises waiting for me after a vacation is the patch of ground outside our back door;  checking out which plants are blooming, bearing fruit or just plain pushing out a few new leaves.  While we played golf in driving rain and freezing wind on the Old Course at Saint Andrews, among others in Scotland, the Bay Area experienced a short heat wave, which after all our rain in March caused the garden to explode.  We enjoyed our adventure playing golf in Scotland and Ireland where I believe they are still experiencing rain and cold temperatures.  Here in the outdoor warmth of home I harvested baby kale and carrots from my vegetable garden for this vegetable quiche which is so easy to make without pastry.   I added a few Yukon gold potatoes along with a small red onion and an ear of corn to make this quiche a hearty one for last night’s dinner.  In the coming weeks I will share photos, a few recipes and some inspiration from our golf trip to Scotland and Ireland.

Look at the sun shining on the baby kale, it’s very easy to grow.  I also tried baby kale with blood oranges and raspberries in a saladlast month. I have big plans for my patch of tender baby kale, including making soup and a few more salads.  Spending two rainy Spring weeks in Scotland and Ireland makes me appreciate the sunshine we enjoy here in California at the same time of year.

The bright green colors of kale remind me of the beautiful countryside in Ireland, I’ll have to return in the Summer, maybe we will be luckier with the weather that time of year.  There are also a few golf courses we would love to play in Ireland.  The one beautiful day we enjoyed on the golf course was in Ireland at Dook’s Golf Course in Kerry.  I actually took off my jacket and put on sunglasses!

My Garden Vegetable Quiche San Le Crust would make a nice addition to a Mother’s Day Brunch or served for a weeknight’s dinner with a salad as I did last night.  Have fun decorating your quiche with edible flowers and sprigs of herbs to make a simple quiche look pretty on your table.

Ingredients and Directions for Garden Vegetable Quiche Sans Le Crust
Serves 6-8
Preheat the oven to 350F
Butter  a deep dish pie plate
3 cups washed and chopped baby kale
2 medium carrots, sliced
1 small red onion, chopped
2 medium small Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
1 ear of corn, blanched with kernels removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup dry white wine
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
2 eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1 generous pinch red pepper flakes
1 cup grated Gruyère Cheese
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet.  Sauté the onions until translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add the carrots and potatoes, cook and stir occasionally for several minutes.  Add the wine, turn down the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, until the veggies are tender.  Add the chopped kale, cook and stir for a few minutes.  Add the corn kernels, season with salt and pepper, remove from the heat, set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs and whisk in the heavy cream with a pinch of red pepper flakes.  Stir in the Gruyère cheese and vegetable mixture.  Pour the quiche filling into the prepared pie plate and top with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
Bake until browned and the custard is set, about 30 minutes.  Cool slightly before serving, decorate with flowers if you like.
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  1. Welcome home, Patty! We've missed you! And, as always, this looks simply beautiful!

  2. Welcome back Patty! Looks like you recharged your batteries and came back to us with an amazing recipe! Looks fantastic!!!

  3. What a great way to use ingredients from your garden! Love the beautiful pansies too. Looking forward to reading more about your travels!

  4. It's about flipping time you are back. I was ready to go to your house and camp out on your front door and wait for you! Gosh the weather has been great, it's actually hard to get any work done. I want a kale patch. I did get a few herbs in pots. Welcome home, I missed you.

  5. Yes, great minds think alike :) Your quiche sans le crust is making me hungry – this is going to be dinner soon – note to self: buy a prettier pie plate.

    I'm really going to miss our garden when we move, I'll be able to walk to the farmers market, but they don't have the unique varieties that Don plants for me. Sorry to hear you had lousy weather – we encountered rain, but not driving rain. It was colder than a witches you know when we were at St. Andrews/Edinburgh, too.

  6. Welcome back :-)
    Hope you had an amazing time.

  7. wow, i just read Priscilla's post on She's Cookin' and she has some kale in her garden as well! i'm absolutely jealous that everyone seems to have a garden except me!

    terrific recipe, Patty! this is something i can cook at home without getting all stressed-out! hehe.

  8. Patty-welcome back; I can hardly wait to see some of your lovely photos of your fabulous adventure in Scotland and Ireland. So nice to see that you are posting as soon as you came back.

    Just love the delicious crustless vegetable potato and vegetable quiche. Your garden with the amazing kale is gorgeous!
    Great to have you back, you have so much to share with us.

  9. Beautiful! If I had a veggie garden as beautiful as yours I would be eating quiches like this all the time. So lucky! Great recipe!

  10. This is a delicious idea to enjoy fresh spring vegetables. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Welcome back Miss Patty! Hope Ireland was wonderful. I loved it when I went there years ago. How was your golf game? :) This dish looks absolutely supreme and I love the no crust concept. Look forward to catching up!

  12. A warm welcome back, Patty! I missed your posts. :)

    Your garden is making me jealous–I opted not to plant anything this year because I simply can't compete against the deer. You have so much kale! I can't wait to see all you create with those beauties. Well, besides this gorgeous quiche. That slice truly looks heavenly. Would love to be having this for dinner tonight. :)

  13. Welcome Back! Your garden looks amazing! I can't wait until we move into our new house in a couple months, and I can have a garden again!

    This quiche is gorgeous, and a great way to use up those veggies!

  14. Welcome Patty.
    I missed reading your posts but loved seeing photos from your trip on Instagram. Can't wait to see some more!
    Your quiche would make a delicious dinner. Love all the veggies you added.

  15. Your quiche would be a nice addition to a Mothers Day brunch with all these healthy and hearty ingredients. Picture perfect too!

  16. Welcome back Patty! Your trip sounds wonderful even if the weather wasn’t perfect! That quiche looks so delicious…love the photos! I’m really jealous of your garden…I haven’t planted mine yet!

  17. Having recently discovered the joy of cooking with home grown produce..i look longingly at your kitchen garden!!! The quiche sounds excellent.. and like that ist without a crust!!

  18. Such a beautiful and fresh quiche!

  19. What a gorgeous quiche, and I love that it's made lower-carb by omitting the crust. Lovely recipe, Patty! The edible flowers add a nice springtime touch, too.

  20. Patti, this garden quiche sounds and looks wonderful. I think I could eat that baby kale. I just can't get myself to by the store bought plastic looking stuff that I've always regarded as garnishment. Your garden looks fabulous too and after being a on vacation even.

  21. Ahhh…the pansies!! They are one of my favorite flowers!! I didn't plant them this year, and I missed them.
    As for the quiche… I'm loving the no crust version. As the crust is my favorite part, I find myself eating whatever every one has left over, and my “I need to be in a swim suit in 5 weeks” mode is just not working with crust.
    Well done!

  22. Welcome back Patty! Sounds like you had great time playing golf there. It's a nice weather to come back to. :-) What a beautiful quiche using your own ingredients. Deers around here eat most of our plants so I am very reluctant to plant anything (and we have artificial turf because of that). I wish I can enjoy this quiche right now. Well, I'm happy you are back safely. :-)

  23. I discovered after making Dorie's crustless quiche that I actually do love quiche and yours looks so appealing and appetizing. There is nothing like using fresh vegetables from your garden and I can imagine how wonderful it tasted especially with you being back home.

  24. Welcome home…sounds like a wonderful vacation :) And your garden looks gorgeous! As for this quiche…delicious and gorgeous as well!

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