Take-out Tuesday, What’s in the Refrigerator Quiche

What’s for dinner?  Quiche!  Who doesn’t love it, and it’s a perfect way to use up leftover bits of this and that hanging out in your refrigerator.  Make it a super easy one dish meal by using a refrigerated pie crust, or skip the crust and make this crustless!


In honor of tax day, my thrifty side kicked in and I decided to use up some leftover ham and exactly what was in the vegetable bin, a sad looking half of a zucchini, one corn cob, one orange pepper and a sweet onion.  These ingredients look less than appealing now, but they will shine once they hop into this quiche!


Quiche is a sneaky way to get a lot of veggies in too,


and this one was full to the brim!


If you “paint” your crust with some dijon mustard, it adds flavor


Sprinkle grated cheese over the top, as much or as little as you like


and then beat 3-4 eggs, and mix with 1 cup of 2% milk or half and half cream.  Season well with salt and pepper~you can use this egg/liquid formula for any combo of ingredients you come up with~


Carefully pour egg mixture over filling letting it fill all the nooks and cranies.


Don’t be afraid to add an extra egg and a little more cream if necessary to get the liquid level up to the top of the filling.

refrigerator quiche thepaintedapron.com

Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes until puffed and golden


Let sit for 10 minutes or so to set, to make cutting easier


Serve up a slice for brunch, lunch or dinner!


Even the giant meat eating manly types around here gobbled this up


I was lucky enough to have a piece leftover which I froze for a delightful little supper for myself in the future~


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, French
Servings 4


  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • 1/2 large zucchini cut in half and sliced into half moons
  • 1 large sweet onion diced
  • 1 orange pepper cored, cleaned and diced
  • fresh corn kernels cut from 1-2 corn cobs
  • 2 T dijon mustard
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust dough*
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk or half and half
  • 4 oz. grated gruyere Monterey Jack, Fontina, or mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper


  • Saute onion until transparent and starting to brown.
  • Add remaining ingredients and saute until zucchini is soft and corn and peppers are done.
  • Place pie crust dough in a deep pie pan or quiche dish. Spread mustard over dough with the back of a spoon.
  • Place filling on top of dough.
  • Beat eggs and add milk and seasonings. Pour over filling slowly, letting liquid flow into all the nooks and crannies.
  • Add another egg and a little more milk or cream if needed to make liquid the same level as filling
  • Sprinkle cheese generously over top of quiche. Bake at 350 45-60 minutes until set in the middle and golden on top. Let quiche rest for 10 minutes before cutting into wedges.


you can also make this crustless. Be sure to spray your dish with cooking oil spray and use 5-6 eggs and add another 1/2 cup milk or cream to make sure the egg liquid mixture completely covers the filling in your dish
Keyword brunch, dinner pie, leftovers, quiche, savory pie

This “happy accident” is a combo I will happily make again!

You also might like these similar recipes:

No Guilt Phyllo Pie is made lighter by using phyllo sheets for the crust

no guilt phyllo pie thepaintedapron.com

Pear and Gorgonzola Quiche  is one of my all time favorites and it freezes beautifully

pear and gorgonzola quiche thepaintedapron.com

Christmas Confetti Potato Tart is a little more time consuming to make but the hash brown crust makes it so good!

hash brown crust quiche thepaintedapron.com


I will be sharing with these fabulous parties and blogs

Four Seasons Blog Hop

Full Plate Thursday

Foodie Friday

Love Bakes Good Cakes

Will Cook for Smiles

15 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, What’s in the Refrigerator Quiche”
  1. Bee-yootiful! Turned out so pretty:) I love that you used what you had. Looks so yummy this morning! Pinned. Have a great week.

  2. I made your taco soup a few nights ago (very tasty!). Now I think this quiche is next on my list. Although, I wonder what’s in my refrigerator now . . . ?

  3. Liz Mackie says:

    Nice recipes. Thanks so much!

    From: the Painted Apron >To: lizzm@att.net >Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:01 AM >Subject: [New post] Take-out Tuesday, What’s in the Refrigerator Quiche > >the Painted Apron posted: “What’s for dinner?  Quiche!  Who doesn’t love it, and it’s a perfect way to use up leftover bits of this and that hanging out in your refrigerator.  Make it a super easy one dish meal by using a refrigerated pie crust, or skip the crust and make this crus” >

  4. Rosie says:

    Thank you soooo much for this delightful recipe. I’ve made quiches for special occasions (which meant shopping lists and a trip to the store) but never thought of using this plan for the leftover bits and pieces in my vegetable bin ( go figure!!). I will DEFINITELY use your idea. Your photos made me want a piece right now!! Yum!! Rosie

  5. Your quiche looks wonderful. I love the idea of the mustard on the crust and thanks for teaching me you don’t have to follow a formal recipe but use leftovers in the refrigerator.
    Thanks for all the cooking inspiration.

  6. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    I’ve seen a few quiche recipes recently and all I can say is one will be on the menu soon! Yours looks yummy:@)

  7. Jenna, this sounds wonderful. I love quiche and I especially liked the ingredients you used. Sounds sooo good! Wanted to give you a heads up we are our featured blogger on this week’s Four Seasons Blog Hop.

  8. Mary says:

    What a great solution for ‘what’s for dinner?’ with leftover veggies! I love the idea of adding Dijon to the crust Jenna, leave it to you to paint it it 🙂

  9. Miz Helen says:

    Jenna, this is the best kind of dish sometimes. Some of our favorites have come from a recipe just like your Refrigerator Quiche, it looks delicious. Hope you have a very special weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Betty Taylor says:

    I love quiche! I love everything you put in there. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Four Seasons Blog Hop. I am sharing this!!

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