Arrgghhh! It is snowing outside and ice cold! After two weeks of spring we are back to winter…I need comfort food! Here is my Sunday quick and isi dinner:
1 pack of dough for quiches, round or square
500 g fresh spinach which I had blanched yesterday, drained and kept in the fridge. You can also use frozen one, but defrost it before using it. No Creamy spinach, eh, just normal one!
100 g Gruyères cheese, grated
50 g cooked ham cut in tiny little cubes…ok, I bought them cut like that 😉
1 dl milk
2 dl cream
Yes, you can also use just milk or just cream. You remember? I am clearing up my fridge today, so I use what is left.
Salt, pepper, chili powder, aniseed, nutmeg, oregano, thym
Unfold the dough and put it on a baking plate with a high enough rim. I used two plates of the size of my iPad Air. With a fork, make hundreds of little holes in the bottom of the dough..hundreds, if not more!
Preheat the oven to 180c, I know it is boring, always the same temperature!
Chop the spinach and drain the water if any more comes out. Mix the spinach with approx 50 g of the Gruyères and the ham cubes. Add the spices and herbs to your liking. The aniseed however is a must, it gives the pie the special flavour.
Crack the egg into a shaker, ideally without the shell, add the milk, the cream, some more spices. Careful, if the ham is salty, do not use any more salt.
Shake well. Fill the baking plates with spinach-cheese-ham mix and pour the egg-cream/milk mix on it. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on the pies. Bake for about 40mins.
Let it cool a few minutes before you eat it, but it definitely should be enjoyed while it is still hot.
Comfort food helps on a day like this!