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Individual Ham Vegetable Custards

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Ingredients
  Coarsely chopped celery 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (1/8 To 1/4-Inch)
  Coarsely chopped sweet green pepper 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (1/8 To 1/4 Inch)
  Coarsely chopped onion 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (1/8 To 1/4 Inch)
  Zucchini 1 Medium, coarsely chopped (1/8 To 1/4 Inch)
  Reduced-calorie margarine 1 Tablespoon
  Coarsely chopped mushrooms 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 4 Tablespoon
  95% fat free turkey ham slice 3 Ounce, finely chopped (3 Slices, 1 Ounce Each)
  Thyme leaf 1⁄2 Teaspoon, crumbled
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Anise seed 1⁄8 Teaspoon, crushed
  Skim milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Eggs 3
  Tomato paste 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Directions

1. Preheat the oven to moderate (350°).
2. Saute the celery, green pepper, onion and zucchini in the margarine in a medium-size nonstick saucepan for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms. Add the water, as necessary, to prevent the vegetables from sticking and cook until the vegetables are very tender, about 7 minutes. Pat the vegetables dry with paper toweling.
3. Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl. Stir in the ham, thyme, salt, pepper and anise.
4. Beat the milk, eggs and tomato paste together in a 2-cup glass measure. Stir into the vegetable mixture.
5. Spray four 6-ounce custard cups with nonstick vegetable cooking spray. Divide the vegetable mixture among the custard cups; do not fill all the way to the top.
6. Place the custard cups in a 9-inch square baking pan and set the baking pan on an oven rack. Pour boiling water into the pan until it comes about two-thirds up the sides of the custard cups.
7. Bake the custards in the preheated moderate oven (350°) for 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the centers of the custards comes out clean.
8. Remove the custard cups from the water bath. Let the custards stand for 15 minutes. To unmold, run a sharp knife around the edge of the custards; invert the custards onto a serving plate.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Continental
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Ham
Interest: 
Party, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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