Jar Lunch: crustless quiches 3 ways

The Jar Lunch: It’s like a bag lunch or a bento lunch, but the next big thing is lunch packed in a good ol’ mason jar. I have to microwave my lunch at work, so metal containers won’t work and heating up plastic has me worried. We often simply fill mason jars with leftovers, but sometimes it is fun to come up with a clever jar lunch and make a big batch. Lunch for the whole family is already packed.

This week’s Jar Lunch is individual crustless quiches in three flavors so your family won’t get bored: rosemary tomato, broccoli cheddar, and pea & leek.

For this recipe you’ll need my absolute favorite jar, the half-pint wide mouth mason jar.

half-pint wide mouth mason jar

These jars are perfect for preserves like jam, but they truly are versatile as you can use them in place of an 8-ounce ramekin for just about any recipe. The bonus is you can see your food from all sides!

Crustless Quiche in a Jar 3 Ways: Rosemary Tomato, Broccoli Cheddar, and Pea & Leek

Makes 8 individual quiches.

butter for greasing jars
12 eggs
1 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Filling options (choose one):
Option one: Rosemary Tomato
(this option requires extra prep time)
8 medium tomatoes
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups halved, thinly sliced onions
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, torn into small pieces
4 ounces crumbled feta


Option two: Broccoli Cheddar
20 ounces frozen broccoli florets
6 ounces sharp cheddar, grated
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


Option three: Pea & Leek
2 cups frozen peas, thawed
1 tablespoon butter
4 medium leeks, sliced (white & light green parts only)
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
3/4 cup shredded parmesan

1. Prepare chosen quiche fillings according to directions found below.

2. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Lightly butter 8 half-pint wide mouth mason jars and place them on a rimmed baking sheet.

3. Beat together eggs, half-and-half, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Mix in the prepared fillings along with cheese and fresh herbs or spices listed for your chosen quiche flavor. Using a ladle, divide evenly between the eight mason jars. Though not required, a jar funnel makes this job a little easier.

4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until set and golden on top. Allow to cool completely before putting on lids and refrigerating.

Preparing fillings:

Rosemary tomato: If you opt for the tomato quiches, roasting will take an additional 45 minutes of prep time. Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats. Slice the tomatoes, and spread evenly over the prepared baking sheets. Roast for 35-45 minutes, until most of the liquid is gone and tomatoes begin to caramelize. Roughly chop the tomatoes after they have cooled.

Meanwhile, heat a medium pan over medium high heat and then melt one tablespoon butter. Sauté the onions until soft and golden, 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Broccoli Cheddar: Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the broccoli florets, and cook for one minute. Drain well and remove excess water with paper towels. Roughly chop.

Pea & Leek: Heat a medium pan over medium-high heat and then melt one tablespoon butter. Sauté the leeks until soft, 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

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42 responses to “Jar Lunch: crustless quiches 3 ways

  1. kristaskrede

    YUM!!! I can’t wait to try these! I love the no crust option.

  2. Persephone

    I have been oggling the short mason jars in the stores. Now I am definitely going to by a dozen!
    I love this breakfast/lunch idea (and the deconstructed sushi)!
    Bet you could do mini lasagnas…
    Move over bento box, here come the mason jar!

  3. Cassie

    Oh my gosh – yum. I had no idea they had short mason jars – I’m so out of it. I can’t wait to try this. I bring my lunch to work everyday and these are perfection.

  4. This is just flat-out brilliant. How long do they keep in the fridge (say, if you wanted to make a batch and eat them throughout the week)?

    • misterkrista

      3-4 days in the fridge and 2-3 months in the freezer. I haven’t tried freezing them yet, although quiche is supposed to freeze fine.

  5. Stop, you are making me so hungry. For some reason I craves eggs, weird I know:) Thanks for sharing & Have a Great Day!

  6. Fantastic idea! I’ll definitely be giving this a try. It could also be a cute idea for a bridal shower or baby shower. Ribbons could be wrapped around the cooked quiches or they could get cute stickers. So inspired!

  7. I love these! Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

  8. I am in LOVE LOVE LOVE with this idea!!

  9. What a great idea! And so pretty, too.

  10. I love this idea for making breakfasts to take on the go! Do you reheat yours? If so, how and for how long? This is something I’ve been doing with eggs in your favorite mason jar: http://emmycooks.com/2012/02/01/celebrate-spring-with-a-canning-jar-coddled-egg/

  11. You could do ANYTHING with this! This will be apprearing on our table soon!

    (And aren’t those half-pints just the CUTEST!)

  12. Reblogged this on Adventures in food and commented:
    Such a great idea!

  13. Persephone

    Got my jars…. then noticed the silpat mats around the corner!
    OMG those are expensive, but looks like a good investment.

  14. Kris Speakes

    i wish I could buy mason jars here :( I’ll keep looking, but…

  15. Fantastic idea! Saw this on Pinterest and followed here.

  16. I had my first go round today. Guessing I overfilled my 8 jars. They are currently bubbling up and over. I’m hoping that as they set they’ll shrink back down but it doesn’t look hopeful. The only thing I really changed on the broccoli cheddar quiche was that I used Kerrygold Garlic and Herb butter to line my jars.

    • Did it actually roll out of the jar like lava, or did they puff up and up on top? They do shrink down when they cool. Our best guess at troubleshooting is that it is sometimes hard to measure vegetables exactly so our amount may have been a little less. We’ve made them about a dozen times, though, and they fit into the jars pretty well each time. Ah, cooking is such an adventure. Which flavor did you make?


  18. Mary

    for the big eaters in my family i would need to use the bigger jars, that size would never do.

  19. Guest

    Would you mind sharing to foreigners what “half-and-half” would be? Thank you, also for those beautiful yummie pictures!

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  21. Tracey

    Did you use 12 eggs for each filling option? Or is it 6 eggs with each for two options (making 4 of one option and 4 of another)?


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  25. Vikki B

    Reblogged this on General Brain Dump and commented:
    Oh my lord, I’m in heaven!

  26. Heather

    I might make these individually, leave ingredients uncooked, and cook in microwave at work!

  27. LeahS

    This is a wonderful idea! I already have regular half-pint jars. Will they work? I want to get the wide mouth jars because they are so cute, but if my current jars will work, I will go ahead and do this. Thanks.

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