Thursday, November 8, 2012

Crustless Apple-Sausage Quiche

A few weeks ago,  my brother and his girlfriend came to visit for the weekend, so we went apple-picking.  More accurately, I went to work, and everyone else went apple-picking:
Which of course meant that I came home to a delicious apple cobbler...mmmmmm....  Anyway, Steve didn't want to bring the apples home in the car, so the majority of the pickings were left in my kitchen, which I'm certainly NOT complaining about.  Since fall weather deserves delicious fall cooking, and since I'm unfortunately allergic to raw apples (yes, weird), I've been cooking up apples any way I can think of!  Basically I've been googling "apple-[insert random ingredient here] recipe" and seeing what comes up.  The favorite so far: Apple-Sausage Quiche.  I couldn't find one recipe that I really loved so this is kind of a mixture of a few different ideas I gathered from other recipes.

Note: I'm not a huge fan of pie crusts, so I usually skip the effort of making a crust (and the calories!) and just enjoy a crustless quiche.  I'm sure this would be just as tasty with a crust as well.

2-3 medium sized apples (any variety, I tend to prefer the sweeter ones)
6 oz ground pork sausage
1/2-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
orange zest (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 375.
Brown sausage in a skillet; drain the fat.  Alternatively, you could use precooked sausage links cut into small pieces.
Slice apples and arrange on the bottom of a pie pan.  Try to cover the whole bottom of the pan...make sure you get that apple-y goodness in every bite!

Spread cooked sausage over the layer of apples.  Top with shredded cheese.

Mix eggs and milk in a small bowl.  Add salt/pepper and orange zest, if desired.  (Confession: Orange zest is my new addiction. I like to put it in EVERYTHING.  But it's probably not essential, since the apples contribute a lot of sweetness.)

Pour egg mixture over other ingredients in the pan.

Bake uncovered at 375 for 15-20 minutes. 



  1. Comment #2! I made the quiche this morning for my mom & me, and it was so good! I used cream cheese instead of cheddar since that's what we had, and it worked really well. I also used cut up pre-cooked sausage links from yesterday's breakfast. We had Honey Crisp apples, and I peeled them like in the picture. The orange zest definitely made it extra good and breakfast-y- it smelled more like pastry coming out of the oven. I took a pic, but I don't think I can put it in a comment? I will make this again!

  2. Honey crisp apples are the best!! I just bought some vegetarian sausage to make this too. This recipe looks wonderful and I can't wait to try it : )

  3. I actually have no idea what kind of apples I used. I'm pretty sure they were each different, haha. Pre-cooked sausage links sound like a great idea. Browning ground meats frustrates me.



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