When I was growing up, quiche was basically a staple in our house. My dad would usually go through the fridge and use up any leftover meats, cheeses and vegetables to make a hearty quiche which was typically served with soup or a salad of some sort.
Quiche is definitely a good way to use up leftovers.
I've always loved quiche. It's sort of like having breakfast or brunch for dinner in my opinion and generally when you think of quiche, you don't think healthy or low calorie by any means.
The quiche of my childhood always had the usual pie crust at the bottom, so when I started off cooking I tended to follow suit. A few years ago though, I stumbled upon the idea of a crustless quiche. ...Why not? The crust to me always just seemed like wasted calories anyway.
My first recipe for a crustless quiche was great. Full of vegetables and lightened up in it's own way. But, with March quickly approaching, I decided it would be fun to do a bit of an 'Irish' twist on the old favorite.
I used the basics of my previous crustless quiche to base this new recipe of off. However, I substituted Guinness braised onions and bacon for some of the other vegetables that I had used before.
The result was nothing short of spectacular. Seriously. This quiche is crazy good. I mean, after all, how could you possibly go wrong with cheese, bacon, and beer? As any Irish girl would say, you can't!
This quiche is great served over some fresh baby spinach and along side this Guinness French Onion Soup. It would also be great for just about any meal any time of day; breakfast, brunch, lunch, or even dinner!
I always tend to eat quiche leftovers for breakfast in the mornings to follow when we have it for dinner. What better way is there to start off your day?
I used Guinness beer to cook my onions in, but you could really use any sort of beer that you desire, just know that using a different beer could alter the taste and nutritional count!
Skinny Guinness & Irish Cheddar Crustless Quiche
Servings: 8 • Size: 1 Slice • Calories: 149.5 • Fat: 7.4 g • Carb: 5.2 g • Fiber: 0.7 g • Protein: 12.4 g • Sugar: 2.3 g • Sodium: 303.5 mg
1 Medium Yellow Onion, Sliced Thin
1/2 C. Guinness Extra Stout
5 Oz. Frozen Chopped Spinach, Thawed & Drained
6 Slices Center Cut Low Sodium Bacon, Cooked & Crumbed
1 C. Fat Free Milk
3/4 C. Reduced Fat Shredded Italian Cheese Blend
4 Large Egg Whites
2 Large Whole Eggs
2 Tsp. Brown Spicy Mustard
1/4 C. Irish Cheddar, Shredded
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly coat the inside of a pie dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
Place the onions and Guinness into a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until most of the Guinness as reduced and the onions are soft and tender.
Sprinkle the chopped spinach out into the bottom of the pie dish.
Top with the onions and bacon.
Whisk together the milk, Italian cheese, egg whites, who eggs and spicy brown mustard; season with salt and pepper.
Pour the egg mixture over the spinach, onions and bacon.
Sprinkle the Irish cheddar over the top and carefully place the quiche into the oven to bake for about 45-60 minutes or until the quiche has risen up, the cheddar has melted, and the top is starting to brown.
Remove the quiche from the oven and allow it to cool slightly before cutting evenly into 8 slices.
Serve right away and enjoy!
Store leftovers covered in the fridge and easily reheat in the microwave for a few seconds.