Back Pocket Quiche

While you may not need it today, tomorrow, or next week, there’s nothing more valuable in your cooking repertoire than a back pocket meal. At any given time, and with only a moment’s notice, you always have the ingredients on-hand for a back pocket meal—and it can be prepared easily and quickly.

One of my most trusted back pocket meals is my Ham and Broccoli No-Crust Quiche. It takes five minutes of prep time, 30 minutes to bake and the ponytails never seem to tire of it.

I first had a Bisquick-style chicken quiche for lunch at my friend Judy’s in Edmonton several years back. I asked her for the recipe and she said it was “on the box.” I played around with the original recipe quite a bit, replacing the Bisquick with an easy substitute—and voilà, my Ham and Cheese No-Crust Quiche was born.

If you have a really crazy weeknight—like our Wednesday night, where we have 15 minutes to get in the door and eat before my 6-year old ponytail has to leave for Sparks—you can make the quiche earlier in the week and reheat it in the microwave. (Since it only takes five minutes of prep, this isn’t hard to do.) Your ride home from work will be stress-free, knowing that you have dinner in your back pocket!

Ham and Broccoli No-Crust Quiche

  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ham steak, diced (approx. 175 g.)
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup shredded cheese (Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Swiss or Marble—or a combination of 2 or more cheeses)
  • ¾ cup broccoli, chopped (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp canola oil (or melted butter)
  • ½ tsp thyme (dried)
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Spray a 9” pie plate with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the chopped shallot, milk, eggs, cheese (reserve a couple tbsps for the top), broccoli, and ham with a whisk.
  4. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and canola oil until fully combined.
  5. Add dry ingredients to your egg mixture—and mix well with your whisk.(A magic whisk works well.)
  6. Pour mixture into pie plate. Sprinkle remaining cheese, thyme, salt and pepper on top.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.


  • I always keep a ham steak and frozen broccoli in my freezer. The rest of the ingredients are staples that I always have in. That’s what makes this a back pocket meal for me. (It can easily be made without the shallots if you don’t have any in.)
  • If using frozen broccoli, be sure to thaw it before adding to your quiche. It thaws quickly in warm water.
  • The flour, baking powder, salt and canola oil combined can be used a substitution for one cup of Bisquick. However, it must be kept in the fridge.

23 Comments on “Back Pocket Quiche”

  1. Sissi says:

    What a cute name for this quiche! It looks delicious too. I don’t remember last time I didn’t have at least one sheet of puff pastry at home, so whenever I want something quick, I make a quiche or a tart. A version without a crust would be even easier and lighter. Thank you for this wonderful idea! I will remember it when I run out of puff pastry 😉

    • It is so great to have quick recipes to fall back on isn’t it? The no-crust option is definitely a lighter option for some time when you are out of puff pastry and ready for a change. Thanks for your kind words Sissi!

  2. Eva Taylor says:

    This really does look delicious, Barb; I love that it doesn’t have the crust.
    Even so, I’m really sensing it was a lot easier having us as kids for our parents…

  3. Kristy says:

    This looks so delicious and comforting – and even without a crust! I love a good back pocket meal. I could use some more of those. 🙂 I’ll have to give this one a try sometime. Except for the broccoli, I usually have everything else on hand.

    • Thanks Kristy! You could always make it without broccoli — although frozen broccoli is a great way to have it at the ready when you need it. I could use more pack pocket meals too. Hopefully it comes in handy for your sometime in the future. 🙂

  4. Carol says:

    Hi Barb

    Thanks for reminding me about this one. You passed along the Bisquick recipe a couple of years ago when I put out a plea for help for quick dinner ideas. Can’t wait to hear more of your great ideas… XO

  5. When I first saw “Back Pocket Quiche” I thought…well, I’m not sure what I thought but camping came to mind! 🙂 Anyway, I love the sound of this recipe and that it’s another great way to use broccoli…my favorite veggie. I’m bookmarking this!

  6. Judy says:

    I like your version without the boxed ingredient! I don’t use Bisquick for anything else, so it can get stale in my pantry. Swiss cheese, bacon bits and onion is also very nice (and my kids have caught on that carmelized onions really do taste like sugar).

    • Your combo sounds delicious Judy!!! The kids just LOVE bacon, but I haven’t managed to get them to eat carmelized onions yet. I have to chop up onions or shallots fairly fine so that they don’t know they are there! I was pleased that the boxed ingredient substitute turned out the same — as I figured some of my blogging friends in Europe might not have access to Bisquick. There were subsitutes posted all over the place on the net. Go figure! If you do make it, be sure to let me know if you can tell the difference!

  7. Charles says:

    Love the name of this Barb – our “fallback” meals usually involve pasta with some sort of sauce, or an omelette. I don’t think we ever made a quiche before – I just don’t think it ever really occurred to me of making a crust-less version – love it, and so fast too!

    • Hey an omelette is a good fall back meal — I’ll have to tuck that one way. I agree with you that pasta works well too….I just try not to make it too many nights in a row. Glad you like the name — fall back hits the mark nicely too! We all need a few little tricks up our sleeve to make it through the busy weeks, don’t we?

  8. Ann says:

    What a delicious recipe! I’m a fan of quiche AND back pocket recipes! Thanks for sharing…and the reminder how delicious this is!

  9. Purely.. Kay says:

    I’m not a huge fan of quiche, but this one looks absolutely delectable. And I love broccoli and ham so this is a great recipe to try out 🙂

  10. Lisa says:

    My girls love ham, broccoli and quiche and I’m always losing recipes. I’ll give this one a try; it looks delicious. I love that it is so quick to prepare and then I can stick it in the oven while I worry about getting everyone cleaned up. Thank you so much for sharing.

  11. hotlyspiced says:

    What a wonderful looking quiche. I skipped lunch today (not by choice) and I’m so hungry right now. I would love some of your quiche. xx

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