I love casseroles for their cheesy goodness. I also hate casseroles for their cheesy goodness (must have cheeeeese!).
Like the rest of America, it’s New Year to a New Skinnier Me. Treadmill = I hate you. Lame. Recently I picked up a copy of Incredibly Easy Gluten Free Recipes ($7.98) in the bargain section at Barnes and Noble. My small intestine does not require me to eat gluten free, but I like the idea of eating fewer wheat products. I’m also big into quinoa lately, and this book has a decent number of recipes with quinoa as the bright, healthy shining star.
One of the first recipes in the book was for Crustless Ham and Spinach Tart, with only 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese required. I had most of the ingredients; all I needed was ham and frozen spinach. I don’t like recipes that break the bank (I’m looking at you, Rachel Ray!).
New Year to a New Me Resolution Number 2: Quit saying LAME so much. Jeez.
Crustless Ham and Spinach Tart
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 10 oz. package frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry (very dry or you’ll have a runny tart!)
- 2-2.5 cups deli ham, sliced or cubed (recipe calls for sliced, I cubed instead, depends on your desired ham ratio)
- 1 cup milk
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, plus some for topping the final product
- 1 tbsp minced fresh basil or 2 tsp. dried
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray 9-inch glass pie dish with cooking spray.
Heat oil in medium skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic until soft, about 2 minutes. Stir in spinach and ham. Spread mixture evenly into pie plate.
Combine milk, eggs, 1/4 cup cheese, basil, pepper, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Pur over spinach mixture. Bake 50 minutes to one hour, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
It seemed a little wiggly jiggly when I first pulled it out of the oven. I let it sit for 10 minutes to firm up. One I dug in, I discovered it to be light, fluffy, and fresh. Perfect for dinner for one, since S was at a bachelor party (must resist…urge…..LAME! Bah, I couldn’t not say it).
I reheated my tasty tart under a low broiler the next morning, and it was still perfectly edible, which is great. Day-old egg casserole can be dicey, you know.