Gluten-Free Broccoli Cheddar Pie
Broccoli Cheddar Pie, a savoury, cheesy pie packed with fresh broccoli for brunch, lunch or easy dinner. Broccoli, bell peppers, onions, herbs and two types of cheese all baked together for an easy meatless night. It’s savoury, low-carb with the slightest flavour of caramelized veggies and plenty of cheese oozing throughout.
This is THE savoury pie for the end of summer or early fall…
This pie is similar to a quiche but with more veggies, fewer eggs, and extra cheese. It’s easy to make, healthy and really good!
just briefly, health benefits of broccoli…
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, holding a variety of health benefits. This bright green or purple colour shaped like cauliflower vegetable may improve digestion, lower cholesterol levels, and maximize vitamin and mineral uptake. It may also reduce inflammation and improve vision as well as ocular health. Broccoli is rich in dietary fiber and particularly rich in Lutein + zeaxanthin, vitamin A, potassium and beta carotene.
Let’s jump right into the details…
If you have made a quiche before like our Potato Crusted Quiche or the Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese and Asparagus Quiche, it’s light on veggies, maybe a protein such as salmon or ham, eggs and cheese. But this gluten-free broccoli cheddar pie is more than that.
I doubled the veggies that I would typically use in a quiche. The broccoli, bell peppers and onions are roughly chopped, tossed with some good quality olive oil and then briefly roasted. By roasting the veggies first, they are lightly cooked with a caramelized flavour. So so tasty!
Add the roasted veggies into a deep dish pie pan. To make this into a pie, I mixed some eggs, milk, yogurt, fresh herbs, a couple of spoons of tapioca flour, pinch of nutmeg and cheese. The mixture creates a pie-like texture that encases the roasted veggies.
For the finish,
To create a cheesy topping, I added extra cubes of good melting cheese. This is where you can be creative. Add your favourite cheese. One of my favourites is smoked gouda. The smokiness of the gouda cheese adds extra flavour making the gluten-free broccoli pie exceptionally tasty.
Why add the bell peppers to this broccoli cheddar pie?
When you combine onions with bell peppers and roast them until they are lightly caramelized, the two veggies add a subtle pepper onion flavour that’s unexpected but adds to the deliciousness.
Why two types of cheese?
If you don’t have another cheese on hand, using just cheddar cheese makes the pie just as delicious. Often I like to add another cheese for the topping. By using a different cheese, you get another flavour making the broccoli pie extra special. Either way, this savoury pie is really good!
Why is this broccoli cheddar pie recipe so good!
This savoury pie is healthy because it is heavy on fresh veggies.
If you are following a low-carb or keto diet, this pie is for you.
This recipe is a crust-free pie, so fewer carbs and calories and less work.
The veggies are first briefly roasted. Again, less work than cooking them in a skillet first, and by roasting the veggies, they have less moisture. Less moisture makes better pies.
The pie is gluten-free and grain-free
serve warm or at room temperature…
This savoury dish can be served warm or at room temperature. The best part, you can make the broccoli pie in advance, making it ideal for entertaining. And the leftovers are great for another day.
I hope you will enjoy this healthy vegetarian pie for brunch, lunch or dinner. If you are thinking dinner, add a light salad or a side of our delicious Gluten-Free Garlic Cheese Monkey Bread.
Once you make this pie recipe, I know it’s going to become your new go-to easy weeknight meal. It’s satisfying enough even for big appetites. Enjoy!
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