Jalapeno Cheddar Quiche with a Butternut Crust


gluten free butternut quiche crust (2)

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A Texas-Style Brunch

Hugs and shouts of “heidi yawl!” from across the lawn. Tables sprinkled with sunflowers peeking out of simple mason jars. Settings dotted with mismatched dishes, paper plates, and the fine silver of course.

This is how we like to brunch in the Lone Star State.

Dishes are rustic and elegant, like this one featuring a french-style open pie with a Texas twist. Charred jalapenos, mellow cheddar and a grain-free crust . . . what could be better?

Despite their outlaw reputation, jalapenos actually reduce intestinal inflammation, too, which makes them perfect for our GAPS family. Yep, they contain a rich antioxidant and anti-inflammatory called capsaicin, which is also known to prevent ulcers (who would have thought!), help with migraine and sinus headaches, lower blood pressure and cause cancer cells to commit suicide.¹

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this recipe is sure to put some sizzle back into your menu rotation. Bon appetit, ya’ll!

gluten free butternut quiche crust (1)Equipment:

  • 2 pie pans
  • medium mixing bowl
  • mandoline or sharp knife
  • wooden spoon


  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • coconut oil for oiling pans
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cream or coconut milk (Buy Coconut Milk here)
  • 2 small or 1 medium onion
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 3-4 jalapenos (depending on heat preference)
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese, grated (Buy Grassfed Cheese here)


    • Preheat oven to 375F
    • Peel butternut squash neck and slice into thin pieces with mandoline or a sharp knife. The thinner they are the more flexible they will be when forming the crust
    • Arrange squash in an oiled pie pan in the shape of a crust (you may need to cut the rounds into halves to make smaller pieces for the sides). Set aside
    • Saute mushrooms and onions in butter until soft
    • Set oven on broil and place jalapeno on top rack. Allow to char on one side (about 3 minutes, then turn over and allow to char on the other side). Set aside to cool
    • Whisk together eggs and cream or coconut milk. Add grated cheese and whisk again.
    • Once the jalapenos have cooled, peel the skin off and deseed. Chop finely and add to egg mixture along with onions and mushrooms.
    • Pour quiche filling into crusts. Brush any part of the crust that is exposed at the top with coconut oil.
    • Bake at 375F for 35-40 minutes until done (a knife comes out clean from the center)


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  1. says

    Not a big fan of hot jalapenos….would 1 work and not be too hot or could I subsitute another type of pepper that wouldn’t be so hot! Thanks.

  2. says

    This looks delicious. I’ve never eaten butternut squash before. What texture does the crust have? I stopped making casseroles when I (mostly) gave up on gluten, but my daughter misses them. I wonder if this will do it for her.

  3. Carolyn says

    Gotta love those jalapenos!!! When I have the smoker or grill going I throw some jalapenos or green chiles on, then put them in the freezer for such occasions as this. We made this yesterday evening with the butternut squash. I did leave out the mushrooms as I am out right now and added homemade sausage instead. YUMMO. The leftovers were awesome today!!!

    My family thanks you so much for the crust idea as we have been going crustless.

  4. says

    Thank You! I made this for dinner tonight and it was fabulous. I can’t have dairy, so we skipped the cheese. I added onions, grated yellow summer squash, diced tomato, kale and some turkey bacon. YUM!

  5. Karin Pelton says

    Wow I am going to go to the store and get what I need right now and make this it looks sooooo yummy. All I need is the squash. I make Quiche with out crust all the time and its great. Will let you know how it comes out.

  6. Cary says

    Sounds delicious. I’m definitely going to try it this weekend. The only thing I might change is to add a little bit of bacon : ) Thanks for the recipe!

  7. says

    Compliments on your creative crust here, from a fellow Texan (Temple). This sounds delightful and I would imagind this crust would work for even sweet applications if done right. I look forward to trying it.

  8. Allie says

    My experience making this:

    I couldn’t find my jalapenos anywhere! They disappeared between my house and the store, so I just threw in red chili flakes.

    The recipe was easy but I had one problem. I had enough squash for two crusts, as suggested, but I only had enough egg mixture to fill one :( I on’t think I did anything wrong…so are you just using really small pie pans??



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