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Spinach, ham & Cheese custard recipe

Submitted by: Mary on 05/12/2003
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Ingredients

4 C Cooked frozen spinach, drained well and packed

1/2 C Chopped onions

1 T Olive oil

4 T Butter

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 lb Thinly sliced ham

1/4 lb Provolone cheese


1/4 lb Mozzerella cheese

1/4 C Grated Parmesean cheese

1/2 C Ricotta cheese

1/2 C Heavy cream

6 Eggs

1 1/4 C Heavy cream

Directions

Butter an 8 to 9 inch round baking dish 4 to 5 inches high, and place a buttered round of brown paper on the bottom of the dish.



Squeeze moisture out of the spinach; chop.



In a saute pan, cook the chopped onions until wilted in the oil and 2 T of butter.



Add spinach, raise heat to high, and stirring constantly, cook until moisture is evaporated. Season and set aside.



Cut the ham into 1 inch wide strips, cook until lightly browned in the remaining butter; set aside.



Grate provolone and mozzerella and combine with the parmesean.



Puree the ricotta with the cream.



Beat the eggs, then mix with 1 1/4 C cream; season to taste.



Place 1/3 of the grated cheeses into the bottom of the baking dish. Drizzle some of the custard mixture on top.



Place 1/3 of the ham slices across the cheese, drizzling a little custard mixture in among them.





Place 1/3 of the spinach on the ham; coat with custard.



Repeat the layering twice, pouring custard on each layer(the custard holds the layers together). Top with waxed paper and foil. Place in a baking pan, pour boiling water halfway up sides of th dish, and bake for 1 hour in a pre-heated 350 degree oven.



Turn up heat to 400 degrees and bake 30 minutes longer.



Uncover for last 10 minutes. Allow more time if you use a higher dish.



When the custard sides have come away from the edges of the dish, and when the center tests dry, the custard is done.



Place on a rack for 15 to 20 minutes before unmolding onto a serving platter.


Additional Information

Serve with a dollop of sour cream as garnish with a sprinkle of fresh chopped herbs.

Servings

12

Calories

6 grams

Time to prepare

30 minutes

Difficulty

Average
 

Comments

If you omit the water bath, the bottom becomes brown, but the flavor stays the same.



Use a combination of meats, such as ham, salami, pepperoni. Make a spectacular buffet dish by doubling the ingredients and making 6 layers.



For thicker layers, repeat two rather than three times.
 
 
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