Cheese Flan with Simple Spinach Salad

We usually think of first courses as something light to be leisurely enjoyed before the main course. But, sometimes, we want the opposite. If the main course is light we can indulge in a more substantial starter.

Sometimes, a heartier first course is also a perfect light lunch.

Just because we want to eat more mindfully during the holiday season doesn’t mean we can’t indulge a bit…. carefully.

Besides, spinach salads are always good.

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Cheese Flan with Simple Spinach Salad

Serve this is a first course or, add a cup of soup for a light lunch or supper.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: First Courses
  • Method: Oven

Ingredients

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  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60gr) ricotta
  • 1 tbs whole grain mustard
  • 2oz (60gr) soft cheese, chevre, Brie
  • 2 (1.5oz, 45gr) slices Prosciutto, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • Salad:
  • 4oz (120gr) fresh spinach, ready to use
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs olive oil

Instructions

  • Prepare ramekins: 
  • Butter and line the bottoms with buttered wax or parchment paper 
  • Flans: 
  • Slice or cut cheese to fit into ramekin.
  • Place cheese in bottom of ramekins.
  • Arrange Prosciutto around edges of cheese.
  • Whisk eggs, ricotta, mustard and basil together. 
  • Spoon egg mixture into ramekins.
  • Bake: 
  • Put ramekins into a roasting pan with deep sides, and add hot water (hot tap water is fine) so that it comes half way up the sides of the ramekins. 
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 400F (200C)
  • Remove flans from oven and from hot water.
  • Salad:
  • Tear spinach and put into a salad bowl. 
  • Whisk together vinegar and mustard. 
  • Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly until vinaigrette is thick and creamy. Add spinach and toss well to coat.
  • To finish: 
  • Arrange salad on 2 plates. 
  • Run a table knife around the sides of the flans to loosen (if necessary).
  • Put a small plate over top of ramekin and flip over. 
  • Remove ramekin, and paper from top (formerly bottom) of timbale. 
  • Carefully turn back so top is up.
  • Place flans next to salad and serve.

Notes

I use a metal bread pan for these. The flans should be set (firm on top) and starting to brown when done.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 409
  • Sugar: 1.8 g
  • Sodium: 879.7 mg
  • Fat: 32 g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.9 g
  • Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 22.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 314.3 mg

Keywords: cheese, flan, spinach salad

Cheese Flan with Spinach Salad

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It was not sunny as the prediction claimed it would be, and it was rather cold, but we managed to get a proper walk in today anyway.

Our small, local villages have primary schools. The villages will share children and teachers. For half the week all of the children and teachers are at the first school and for the other half of the week they all go to the second school.

They were (apparently) busy getting ready for Christmas in this village.

The signpost is up so everyone knows where to go:

Hot Chocolate is to the right; we couldn’t read the 2nd one; Barley Sugar is also to the right as is the Santa Claus school. Don’t get lost.

There is an official greeter:

And a Christmas tree:

And, of course, a couple of elves and a reindeer:

There might have been some adult help / supervision in the initial design stages….

I loved them – put me in the holiday mood.

I’ll post a few more next time.

2 thoughts on “Cheese Flan with Simple Spinach Salad”

  1. That flan looks delicious!! That would make a dinner for me. Not so much for husband, but I’d be very satisfied with that.

    Love the pictures and the little village. How fun that the kids all get involved like that? I love Christmastime, but I’m always a little sad when all the decorations disappear. I’d leave mine up until spring but my husband wouldn’t stand for that so…

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    • It would be dinner for me too, with maybe a cup of tomato soup (I have lots in the freezer). The decorations were great and all over the village. No tree for us this year but, so far, Hector has left everything else alone, even though it’s within reach. I miss the Tree but I’m relieved, also.

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