GOAT CHEESE, SPINACH HAM CUPS (Adapted from Always Order Dessert)

Makes 12 ham cups (about 4-6 servings). I doubled the recipe for this tailgate party.

12-14 slices ham
8 cups fresh baby spinach (or 2 cups frozen chopped spinach, thawed)
4oz goat cheese
9 large eggs
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup heavy cream or milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray or brush a muffin tin with oil, then line each cup with a slice of ham being sure to seal it up as much as possible (sometimes it helps to cut the ham slightly). Don’t worry if there is overlap on the sides.

Combine fresh spinach with a few tablespoons of water in a large covered pot over medium heat. Let steam a minute or two, or until the spinach is completely wilted (skip this step if using frozen spinach).
While the spinach wilts, whisk together the 9 eggs in a large bowl. Drain spinach & squeeze off excess liquid, then add to the eggs.

Crumble the goat cheese into the spinach and egg mixture, then add the salt, pepper, and cream. Stir until combined.

Using a 1/4 cup, divide the mixture into the 12 ham-lined cups, filling all the way to the top.

Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until the eggs are puffy and lightly golden on top. Remove from oven and use a fork and knife to carefully remove each egg cup from the muffin tin.

Serve immediately, or let chill and serve as a cold dish. Leftover egg cups will keep well for 3-5 days when wrapped individually and refrigerated.

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