When I was growing up, a box of Bisquick in my mom's pantry was as normal as salt or sugar. She didn't use it very often as I recall, mainly for pancakes and dumplings. Eventually, she became involved in the health food movement and never bought Bisquick again, making her own version from scratch and storing it in the freezer. It's been years since I bought Bisquick. But, it still seems like an old friend somehow. When Mimi at French Kitchen In America came up with a Biscuit Baking Mix Day, featuring recipes made with Bisquick type baking mix, I was hooked. My friend Nancy just happened to have an official Bisquick cookbook and I was fascinated with the recipes in it. In particular, I liked the Impossible Pies. I remember when Bisquick commercials on TV featured these pies, and I wondered if they tasted any good. After some consideration--they have an Impossible Macaroni & Cheese Pie that was certainly tempting--I decided on Spinach Pie. It looked rather pretty and claimed to be only 150 calories per serving.
It was certainly easy to make. You simply combine sauteed green onions, garlic and frozen spinach and layer it in a pie pan. Then pour a thin batter made with eggs, Bisquick, lemon juice and pepper on top. Sprinkle with parmesan and nutmeg, then shove it into the oven to bake for around 30 minutes.
It emerged from the oven puffed and browned. I thought it tasted pretty good, but could be improved by adding about 1/2 teaspoon salt, and additional parmesan cheese in the spinach mixture. Frankly, I can't get that Impossible Macaroni & Cheese Pie out of my mind. Instead of crushed crackers on top, I would use crushed Cheetos instead.
Kidding! (Or am I?)
IMPOSSIBLE SPINACH PIE
1/2 cup green onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, drained, thawed and squeezed dry
1/2 cup small curd cottage cheese
1 cup milk
1/2 cup Bisquick baking mix
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
Grease a 9 x 1 1/4 inch pie plate. Cook and stir onions and garlic in butter in a 10 inch skillet until onions are transparent (2-3 minutes). Stir in spinach. Layer spinach mixture and cottage cheese in pie plate. Beat milk, eggs, Bisquick, and lemon juice and pepper until smooth. Pour over spinach/cottage cheese mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and nutmeg. Bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees or until knife inserted comes out clean.