Spinach Egg Bake

Spinach Egg Bake
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Makes: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 17 minutes

An egg bake, also known as a frittata, is an easy-to-prepare dish that provides a perfect opportunity to encourage children to eat vegetables. Eggs are used in frittata-like dishes in many parts of the world. In some parts of Europe, it is rarely served in restaurants but commonly prepared in the home.

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups Spinach, frozen, chopped, thawed, and drained
6 Eggs, large (1 1/4 cup of whole liquid eggs can be substituted for fresh eggs)
1 tablespoon Feta cheese, crumbled
1 teaspoon Onions, dehydrated, chopped
1/8 teaspoon Black pepper, ground
1/8 teaspoon Salt, table
Nonstick cooking spray

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.

2. Thaw spinach in the microwave using package direction or by placing under cool running water. 

3. Drain excess water from spinach (see chef tip below).

4. Whisk eggs in a small mixing bowl. Add feta cheese, dehydrated onions, salt, and black pepper. Mix well (see chef tips below).

5. Lightly coat medium baking dish (about 8" x 8") with nonstick cooking spray.

6. Spread spinach evenly on the bottom of the baking dish.

7. Top spinach with egg mixture. Keep the vegetables spread evenly by slightly stirring the mixture with a spatula or spoon. Place baking dish in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 °F to an internal temperature of 160 °F or higher for at least 15 seconds.

8. Then, broil on high for 2 minutes or until the eggs are set and the top is a light to golden brown color. Remove immediately to prevent burning. Caution: use a hot pad as dish will be very hot.

9. Cut into 6 even pieces; each piece should be about 2" x 3 3/4". Serve immediately.

Critical Control Point: Hold at 140° F or higher.

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Notes

CACFP Crediting Information: 

1 piece provides 2 oz. equivalent meat alternate and 1/4 cup vegetable.

Variations:

Swiss, cheddar, or ricotta cheese are great substitutes for the feta.

Chef Tips:

Before whisking, puncture each egg yolk with a fork to make whisking faster and easier.

It is very important to squeeze moisture from the spinach to obtain optimal firmness, texture, and color in your egg bake.

 

For a quantity recipe that yields 25 or 50 servings see: https://whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/quantity/child-nutrition-cnp/spinach-egg-bake.
 

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