Monday, January 19, 2009

Chicken Florentine Egg Bites

I blame WLS and a woman named June Cleaver and another named Eggface for my recent obsession with cooking.

I have never been much into it. For one thing, there are all these terms I don't know and ingredients I've never heard of, so at every step I felt incompetent. I don't like that feeling! Also, it just seemed like too much work for too little reward.

But something has changed and now I see it as a big challenge. Not only am I obsessed with cooking, but with creating my own recipes.

So here is my first one. It's still not quite perfect yet, but it's close:

Chicken Florentine Egg Bites



Ingredients:

5 eggs
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
5 green onions
4 chopped mushrooms
1/3 c. chopped tomatoes
1/3 c. cooked spinach (I use frozen)
1/2 c. 2% milk Italian Blend shredded cheese
1/2 c. grilled chicken
1 tsp. Italian Spices
1/2 tsp. Oregano Leaves (Dried)

Prep:

Pre-heat oven to 350 ° F

Chop mushrooms in big chunks (about twice bite sized)
Chop 3 green onions (all the white and the green up until it starts to get hollow)
Mince garlic cloves
Grill chicken, if you aren't using leftovers

Melt 1 tsp of butter in a skillet and saute garlic, onions, mushrooms and chicken until the mushrooms are about half done

Add spinach and continue sauteing until the moisture is gone and the mushrooms are done.

Set aside sauteed mixture to cool

Grease 24 mini-muffin cups (2 - 12 cup pans or 1 - 24 cup pan). I use olive oil.

Chop tomatoes if using fresh (but canned diced are fine)
Chop remaining 2 green onions

Mix eggs in a medium mixing bowl

Add tomatoes, onions, shredded cheese and spices and mix thoroughly

By now the sauteed mixture should have cooled off enough. Add it to the mixture and scoop in the mini-muffin cups. I use a gravy ladle.

Bake for 30 min. or until centers are firm.

Once out of the oven, you can eat some right then and put the rest in the fridge for later. You can freeze them too.

I find they make great lunches to take to work.

I reheat in the microwave, but Eggface says to reheat in the toaster oven. (Eggface created the original "bites" recipe.) She's probably right, but we don't have a toaster oven either at home or at work and the microwave works fine for 1 reheat. Two would be too much, I think.
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