Spinach and Goat Cheese Flan, pretty spiders

Small dishes are very popular here…. Both the actual dishes and the food that goes in them.

The little dishes are usually the perfect size for a first course.

The best part is they’re cheap and fun to collect.

We had these as a first course (surprise) but they would work as a small veggie side dish.

If you don’t have any cute little baking dishes, just make it in a larger dish – and double or triple as needed

Spinach and Goat Cheese Flan

Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4oz (120gr) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 3oz (90gr) aged goat cheese   substitute Brie or Camembert
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbs Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • olive oil

Spinach and Goat Cheese Flan

Instructions:

  • Mix egg, tomato paste, yogurt, paprika and oregano.
  • Add spinach and mix well.
  • Lightly oil to small baking dishes.
  • Put 1/4 of the spinach in each dish, spreading evenly.
  • Slice cheese and cut to fit, leaving 1/4″ border.
  • Top with remaining spinach, spreading to edges.
  • Bake at 400F (200C) for 20 – 25 minutes, until lightly browned and set. I put them on a baking sheet for easier handling. 
  • Remove and serve directly from the dishes.

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Yes, I have a photo of spiders.

To be honest, pretty as they are, and knowing they were made from beads, I still couldn’t pick them up and shuddered, slightly, taking the photo.

But…..

These were at a booth at the local Christmas market, and the combination of spiders and Christmas brought back memories…..

It’s a bit early for Christmas markets, but there are so many small villages and so few weeks – someone has to be first….

spiders

It’s the pink spiders that triggered the meander down memory lane.

When I was a child, my large, extended family was very traditional about Christmas.

There were no ‘fake’ trees or blinking lights or Christmas ornaments that weren’t ‘Christmas-y’.

We strung popcorn for garlands and had big lights with reflectors on the trees.

The Christmas lights were always, always red, green, blue and gold.

No exceptions.

One year my mother’s older sister did the unthinkable.

She broke with tradition.

She decided that she wanted a pink Christmas tree.

Not the tree itself (although she could have had a pink, flocked tree) but all the decorations.

Everything, the garlands, the lights, the balls, everything had to be in shades of pink.

PINK!

My mother could have understood blue or red or gold…. but PINK? (We kids thought it was a cool idea….)

We lived in a very small town in the Midwest.

This was not an easy quest.

But everyone got in the spirit of it all and helped with the search. Whenever anything remotely Christmas-like was spotted in any shade of pink it was quickly snapped up.

By Christmas my aunt had enough to decorate her tree, including several sets of pink lights.

My cousins and I thought it was beautiful.

My aunt thought it was beautiful…..

But it wasn’t Christmas.

Christmas is red and green and blue and gold.

After Christmas she passed out all the pink decorations and lights. The next year her tree was back to ‘normal’.

What does that have to do with spiders?

There were always a lot of kids running around everyone’s house during the holidays.

My aunt had a unique way of protecting her Christmas tree from wandering hands and inquisitive minds.

She had a very large, black, very real-looking tarantula that perched on one of the front branches.

All the kids gave it a wide berth.

I was tempted to buy that pretty pink spider for my Christmas tree in memory of my aunt.

Just couldn’t do it …

If you want nutrition information for the recipe, try this site: Calorie Count

5 thoughts on “Spinach and Goat Cheese Flan, pretty spiders”

  1. I have a Christmas spider similar to these on my tree each year. I was told it comes from a folk tale about a family so poor that they couldn’t afford to decorate their tree, but on Christmas Eve a little spider came and spun silvery webs all over it and made it a thing of beauty for the family. I search eagerly for my Christmas spider each year when I open my box of ornaments.

  2. I would have these spiders for my grandboys, not to scare them from touching the ornaments but because they’re boys: snips and snails and puppy dog tails and all that. And I love your flan recipe; saving it to make this winter – for two.

  3. Kate, not for me either…. shudder….

    Tanna, the hubs is always happy with spinach and goat cheese…. No spiders came home with me.

    Zoomie, I didn’t know there was a story?!? How sweet – now I want to go back and get one…. Maybe. LOL

    Christine, and they’d use the spiders to scare me – as boys do LOL. Hope you like the spinach – good for winter…. for two….

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