cheesy ham pouf

I made this Cheesy Ham Pouf from Bake Until Bubbly by Clifford Wright way back on New Year’s Eve. I made two batches, actually. I ate some for dinner, hot from the oven… heaven. Then I let the other batch cool and cut them up into squares for serving as an appetizer (with a little Tabasco on the side) at the New Year’s Eve party Jen and I went to that night — equally awesome. Of course it had settled down from it’s original “poufiness,” but some things get better with age, no? I was lucky enough to have some leftovers the next day, and since the pouf is made with 6 eggs, I thought it would make a nice breakfast. So I heated it up in the microwave. I swear, it was even yummier than the day before (again, with some Tabasco). I told Cliff about my experience, and he did me one better. He suggested next time I take some of the leftover squares and deep fry them. OMG. Here’s the recipe.

Cheesy Ham Pouf
from Bake Until Bubbly by Clifford Wright

6 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup whole milk (I wonder what would happen with low-fat?)
1 cup (1/4 pound) finely chopped cooked ham
3 ounces (1/2 cup) cream cheese
2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup (8 ounces) cottage cheese (crazy, I know…)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 scallions, white and green parts chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9-inch square baking casserole.

Beat the eggs in an electric mixer bowl for a minute, then stir in the flour and baking powder. Slowly beat in the milk. This next step can be a little messy if you’re not careful, but it says to mix in ALL of the remaining ingredients. Just don’t turn your mixer up to maximum speed unless you want a big mess. Mix for 3 minutes. Then transfer to the greased casserole and bake until golden brown and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. It says to serve hot, but I strongly suggest you let it cool down and see the serving ideas above instead.

24 thoughts on “cheesy ham pouf

  1. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizer, dessert…er…maybe not. But you've for all the meals combined into one. What not to love about this.

  2. christina: exotic?claudia: i hope you do. it's insanely simple to preparegabby: hmm, right. this is not diet food3 hungry tummies: right, it's in that family, but sorta more complicated in terms of texture and flavorsjenn: chocolate sauce on top? well, maybe not.sonia: thanks for visiting

  3. That looks great. I could serve that as an appetizer at my upcoming "just girls" party. However, I'm a pork-free household. I wonder if it would work if I omitted the ham and made it vegetarian. Otherwise, I think I should be able to substitute finely chopped cooked chicken in its place. What say you?

  4. dawn: definitelyphyllis: right, I was baffled by it. for some reason, the cottage cheese really works though.hanaa: you know, this would be great without the ham, or maybe with some kind of faux meat product. I tried an amazing veggie chorizo that I wrote about once on my blog. that would be perfect in this recipe.

  5. While reading the recipe I figured it was something that I'd probably like. Then I read about deep frying the leftovers and I almost fell over with delight. I so need to try this!

  6. You can't go wrong with an egg casserole/quiche/cheesy poof! I agree, it is so good heated in the microwave for b-fast the day after. This one does sound delicious. You'll have to let us know how it goes if you deep fry some next time.

  7. bookingalong: right, it's pretty affordable. not dirt cheap, but reasonable.krista: the problem is i can't imagine having any leftover for deep frying. i'd have to make an extra batch just for that purpose next time

  8. hi justin, love your blog. i would definitely try this cheesy ham pouf. I'll forget abt dieting for this dish 🙂 sounds easy to make but i guess this is uber yummy! and i'll definitely have some tabasco as well :)hope u could visit my new blg too 🙂 mind if we x links? thankies!

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