Food For Thought – Potato And Onion Nests

“One man’s poison Ivy is another man’s spinach.” -George Ade

I based this recipe on one I found. I changed it quite a bit. I didn’t have ramekins, so I used an 9-inch round glass pan.


  • 5 medium baking potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons white flour
  • 1 to 1½ cups milk
  • ¼ cup grated sharp cheese
  • 1 pound fresh spinach, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅛ tsp chili pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grate the potato and onion. Press out water. Mix with oil, salt, pepper, and chili pepper. Press into a glass baking dish (like a pie crust). Bake for 30 minutes.

While the “nest” bakes, melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour; when it begins to bubble, reduce the heat to low and cook, whisking constantly, for about 3 minutes. Gradually pour in the milk, still whisking, and simmer until thickened about 5 minutes. Add the cheese, and stir until melted. Stir in the mustard, nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste, and the spinach. Remove from heat and mix in two eggs.

Fill the “nest” with the spinach mixture and bake, at 350, for another 15 minutes or until spinach sets.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.