Cat-eye sunglasses, mimosas, and low carb quiche lorraine are the epitome of brunch-time sophistication.
Although quiche lorraine is named for the region in France, this timeless recipe was actually first created by royal German chefs. Who knew?
My low carb quiche recipe starts with a flaky, buttery low carb pie crust that’ll just melt in your pretty little mouth. The savory filling is a creamy harmony of chopped bacon, eggs, heavy cream, cheese, leeks, onions, and seasonings.
Whip up a batch using a pie or tart tin for book club with the girls, or meal prep like a boss by making low carb quiche muffins for the whole week!
However you rock it, the ingredients of this fabulous low carb breakfast are a powerful addition to your low carb shopping list.
Low Carb Quiche Ingredients
If you are treating your body to a nourishing low carb food list, then traditional quiche will likely no longer be your friend. The high carb culprits in the traditional recipes are pastry crust and dairy milk — loading you up with the useless carbs in milk and flour and no satiating power.
This low carb quiche recipe uses a new and improved almond flour crust, which is every bit as indulgent and flaky as flour crust.
I also use heavy cream as the softening element, an awesome low carb milk alternative with only a fraction of the carbohydrates of whole milk. Plus, as you can imagine, heavy cream lends a fabulous creamy texture you’ll crave!
Then we’ve got cheese — since there are so few carbs in cheese, I add a liberal sprinkle! (I’m not drooling…you’re drooling!)
As far as low carb vegetables go, I swapped onions with leeks to cut the carbs and give it a similar yummy zing. (1 cup of cooked Leeks has 7.9 grams of carbs, while 1 cup of chopped raw Onions has 14.94 grams of carbs! Wow!)
Keto Quiche — Kitchen Tools For Success!
Other than kitchen basics, to make keto quiche you’ll need a tart or pie pan.
The main differences between the two are the height of the sides (pie pans are taller), the angle (tart pans create a sharper edge), and the decorated edge you get from a tart pan.
Tart pans also have a removable bottom, which I find helps a little with low carb recipes, as the crust can be hard to get out neatly.
Low Carb Pie Crust — This Recipe’s Shining Star!
This almond based low carb quiche crust is a perfect, buttery low carb pie crust that doesn’t crumble or crack when you slice it! It’s better than magic! You can skip the crust if you’d like, but this crust is definitely worth the extra cook time. Made from almond flour, an egg, butter, and a few other simple ingredients.
Grab your rolling pin and let’s make your Grandma proud!
Or, Turn This Into Crustless Quiche Lorraine
Making crustless quiche lorraine is an awesome way to save a little time and some ingredients. Simply pour this quiche’s filling into a pie pan (not a quiche pan!) and bake!
More Crustless Quiche Recipe Variations
We eat a lot of crustless quiche recipe variations in our house, so I’ve got more than enough suggestions for you to try! Use this recipe as a base to give you an idea of what ratios to use, then get creative:
Crustless Spinach Quiche
Whether you’re looking for more low carb vegetarian meals, or it’s meatless Monday, leave the bacon out for a crustless spinach quiche and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its delicious flavor!
Pancetta Crustless Quiche
This crustless quiche is my personal favorite, because who doesn’t love pancetta??
Crustless Mini Quiche
Simply pour this quiche filling into a coated muffin tin and you’ll be enjoying crustless mini quiche all week long! (Tip: I do this often for meal prep and freeze them! They’re easy to defrost when you’re rushing out the door)
Turn This Into A Low Carb Breakfast Casserole For Meal Prep!
As most of us know, low carb meal prep is key to staying on track and sticking to your goals! And breakfast can be a really hard meal to prep ahead — well friends, not when you turn this into a low carb breakfast casserole!
To do this, we’ll skip the crust, double the filling recipe, and pour the filling directly into a buttered casserole dish. (Bake times will vary). Allow the casserole to cool, cut into squares, and voila!
Check out this AWESOME hack for keeping your food extra delicious in the freezer:
A Delicious Variation: Spinach Bacon Quiche
Add a few handfuls of cooked spinach to make a low carb spinach quiche! At 1 gram of carbs per cup of raw spinach, I don’t think you’ll mind. Spinach bacon quiche adds more nutrients and greens into your life!
This low carb quiche recipe stays very close to the classic we all know and love. With a few simple ingredient swaps, we cut the carb content and add even more satisfaction!
This is one example of low carb foods being even more delicious than their carb-loaded counterparts!
Hope you love this low carb quiche as much as I do!
Low Carb Quiche
- Low Carb Pie Crust
- ￼7 Slices Bacon cut into ½-inch pieces
- ½ Cup Chopped Leeks white and pale greens only
- ½ White Onion chopped
- 1 Cup Swiss grated and divided
- 6 Large Eggs beaten
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
- ½ Teaspoon Table Salt
- Dash of White Pepper
- 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- 1 Teaspoon Fresh Chopped Thyme
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Follow your pie crust baking instructions. Allow the crust to cool completely before adding any eggs.
- In a skillet, cook the bacon until it’s cooked through (this took me about 8 to 10 minutes). Remove the bacon from the pan and place it on paper towels to drain.
- Add the onion and leeks to the skillet and cook in the bacon fat until soft and onions become translucent (about 5 to 7 minutes).
- Once cooked, place these on paper towels. We want all these ingredients to drain any access liquid before we add them to the shell.
- Add bacon, onions and leeks to pie crust.
- Sprinkle half the cheese on top.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs.
- Add the cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and thyme and combine.
- Pour this mixture into the pie crust.
- Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until it’s cooked through. You’ll know the quiche is done when the top begins to brown.
- Allow quiche to cool slightly before serving.
- Cut some carbs by cutting out the onions or leeks!
- You can drain the bacon fat from the pan, but I love cooking in it, as it infused the veggies with an ultra delicious, smoky, meaty flavor.
- Although you may be tempted to skip this step, it's very important to cook the veggies before adding them to the quiche. This helps them to release their natural water so the quiche crust doesn’t get soggy. It also helps aromatic veggies to caramelize, which adds a delicious flavor to any dish.
- It's very important to clean the leeks. Leeks are a notoriously dirty veggie, as dirt wiggles its way in between all the layers. To do this, I slice my leeks, soak them in a bowl of room temperature water, give them a few swirls, and wait a few minutes. I then pull the sliced leeks out of the water with a slotted spoon, rinse with water, and dry before adding them to the skillet.
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Low Carb Breakfasts
If you’re looking for more delicious ideas to start then day, look no further! Low carb breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I’ve been working up recipes for everything from low carb smoothies to low carb egg casseroles. Hope you enjoy!