Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Crustless Ham, Cheese and Spinach Quiche



I subscribe to Cooking Light magazine. Usually I have trouble finding something that interests me because I have such simple tastes. But this month page 160 just jumped out at me, so before I recycled my magazine, I tore this page out and set it aside. This golden nugget is for a Crustless Smoked Turkey and Spinach Quiche - of course, I had to adapt this recipe because I've never before seen smoked turkey ham as the recipe calls for, and the swiss cheese I had in my house seemed to have gone past its expiration date.

But after coming up with a mix of cheeses that I did have in the fridge - 4 cheese mexican blend, american cheese, and keeping with the reduced fat cheddar - this turned out FANTASTIC. I was so happy with the results as it was my first quiche ever. So if I'm ever craving a quiche again, this will definitely be my go-to recipe!

Crustless Ham, Cheese and Spinach Quiche

3/4 cup cubed ham
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
3/4 cup shredded mexican cheese blend, separated in 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup
1/4 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
1 slice of american cheese chopped up
3/4 cup fat-free cottage cheese
1/2 cup evaporated fat-free milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup baby spinach leaves

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add ham, onion and pepper to pan and saute 4 minutes until ham is lightly browned.
3. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1/4 cup mexican blend cheese in pie plate. Top with ham mixture.
4. In a large mixing bowl, gently whisk together the eggs, remaining cheeses, cottage cheese, and evaporated milk.
5. In a small bowl, stir together the flour and baking powder. Add flour to egg mixture and gently stir in.
6. Add spinach to egg mixture and gently mix in.
7. Pour the egg mixture over ham mixture in pie plate.
8. Bake for about 45 minutes until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

3 comments:

Ashlee Wetherington said...

came out great! looks delish!!! i love cooking light, my fave recipes are the ones in the back that are the 15 min. meals, they're the simplist.

Katie said...

YUM! That looks fantastic! So delicious! We are going to have to try this. My husband and I both love spinach and he LOVES ham with his eggs! Thanks for the recipe!!

Linds said...

This looks awesome Tricia! I love crustless quiche :)