Making this Crustless Caprese Quiche Recipe is a perfect way to start a weekend off with an amazing burst of flavor. It is the ideal breakfast or brunch recipe. My favorite basic Italian flavors of basil, mozzarella and tomato combine to create a rich, creamy, and flavor packed vegetarian recipe you are sure to love.
🍽️ What is Caprese
Traditional caprese includes mozzarella, tomato, basil, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. For this recipe, I skip the vinegar, but include the rich creamy cheese, fresh basil, and of course, sliced tomatoes.
This is best when made with farm fresh eggs and perfectly ripe tomatoes. The richer flavor of a free range chickens egg really adds depth to any recipe, but especially a quiche. Plus, we all know a vine-ripened tomato is much more flavorful than one ripened in a store. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find those year-round.
I made this crustless as I didn’t want to complicate the recipe and have the flavors compete with the delectable combinations in this. It saves some calories too, if you’re shooting for a healthier version.
🍲 Can This Have a Crust?
Yes! If you prefer a quiche with a crust and have no dietary restrictions, feel free to add one to the recipe. You can use any ready-made pie crust you prefer. I also have a great homemade pie crust recipe in this Spinach Tomato Quiche recipe if you prefer making homemade.
Want individual portions? Make them in muffin tins like this hash brown quiche recipe! That is perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast for those busy days.
🍴 Should I Drizzle The Top with Balsamic Vinegar?
While traditional caprese includes the vinegar drizzle, it may not be complementary to a quiche. I recommend offering it to your guests by having the bottle on the table for them to drizzle if wanted.
Personally, I think a small bit adds a robust flavor after it is cooked and served, but if you aren’t a big fan of the rich tartness of balsamic, it might be off putting. Offer, but don’t add to each serving.
🍽️ Can I Freeze a Crustless Quiche for Later?
Yes! Don’t hesitate to freeze for another time!
If you choose to freeze the quiche for later, it can be done either raw or cooked. If freezing before cooking, place the prepared pie tin on a baking sheet, and flash freeze for 2-3 hours or until it is frozen. Then remove and wrap well to label and place on a shelf. Don’t put anything on top of it until it is frozen completely. If you want to make a few of these stack them in the freezer.
If baking them first, allow it to cool completely before wrapping and freezing. I usually bake mine and then slice into individual servings. I freeze each serving separately so it is easy for me to grab a slice and reheat for a healthy breakfast.
The ingredients in this crustless quiche are so great together. Let’s discuss them in a little bit more detail.
Eggs: The eggs are the main ingredient in most quiche recipes, and this one isn’t any different. We use eggs and egg whites for the perfect results every time.
Seasonings and Herbs: We love the combination of fresh basil, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and ground pepper. They go beautifully together.
Mozzarella: Adding cheese to the quiche is a must unless you are dairy-free. It’s so good, and it keeps you satisfied and coming back for more.
Step One: Preheat your oven and spray a pie plate with nonstick spray then set aside.
Step Two: In a large bowl, whisk together your whole eggs, then add in the additional egg whites slowly while mixing until they are frothy.
Step Three: Next, add in the milk, butter, basil, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir until well-combined, then pour into the pie plate.
Step Four: Top with sliced tomatoes. Place a mozzarella pearl on each tomato slice.
Step Five: Sprinkle additional basil or Italian seasoning over the top before popping into the oven to bake as directed.
🥘 What Pan Should I Use
Since this is crustless, you have options. Check this out! You can even divide it into 2 or 3 small pans (make sure to watch the cooking time if you do this!) and freeze part of it. Think of holiday mornings or giving one to a friend that has had surgery or just needs a helping hand. You get a little and they get a little!
You are not limited to using a pie pan for a crustless quiche. Use what you have. Don’t buy a special pan for this one unless you are needing (wink* wink*) a new one.
🥄 Related Recipes
Spinach Tomato Quiche – Like mentioned above, this one has a crust that you could adapt for this Caprese recipe. Alternatively, make this Spinach Tomato Quiche Crustless by simply removing the crust. No more fancy instructions besides spraying the sides of the pan really well. This is another one that wow the guests!
Triple Berry Overnight French Toast – This is a great option if you are not looking for a super sweet french toast. This is very mild and gets all of the sweetness from the fruit you put on top. This is a refreshing alternative to the holidays that are usually packed full of excess sugar!
The Most Amazing Lemon Ricotta Pancakes – These are here to impress!! If you have special company coming, whip out this recipe as it will knock them off of their seats. It is so good, they will think they are at a restaurant being served a gourmet breakfast.
Crustless Caprese Quiche Recipe
- Pie Plate
- 5 eggs
- 5 egg whites
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 1 package mozzarella pearls saving 6-7 for end of recipe
- 3 tbsp basil (fresh) chopped
- 1 tsp garlic salt coarse ground
- 1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 2 tomatoes sliced
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. spray pie plate with non stick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl crack 5 eggs and whisk, slowly add in egg whites and whisk until frothy. Next add seasonings, mozzarella, and basil, stir well.
- Pour into pie plate and slice tomatoes into thin rounds
- Place the tomatoes on top of quiche mixture and add a mozzarella pearl in the center of each tomato slice.
- Sprinkle with leftover basil and Italian seasoning.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown around edges.