This cheesy casserole is a great way to enjoy spinach! I like it because it’s made with fresh baby spinach, not frozen, and two kinds of cheese–Sharp Cheddar and Monterey Jack. I found this recipe at Myrecipes and changed it a little by using spicy mustard instead of Dijon mustard, and adding extra cheese, like I usually do! 🙂 I also used real eggs instead of egg substitute, so my version is not quite as healthy as the original.
I really liked this! When it comes out of the oven, it’s puffy, and the puffiness settles down after a few minutes… and then you have this tender spinach filling with a cheesy crust-like layer on top. Very yummy. Great for brunch or as a side dish for lunch or dinner. If you like spinach and cheese, you’ll want to try this recipe!
CHEESY SPINACH BAKE by NancyCreative, adapted from Myrecipes.com
Makes 12 servings in a 9 x 13 pan or baking dish
- 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
- Cooking spray
- 2 (6-ounce) packages fresh baby spinach
- 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese (regular or reduced-fat)
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk (whole, low-fat, or fat-free)
- 4 large eggs, lightly beaten (or 1 cup egg substitute)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons spicy mustard (or Dijon mustard)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Pour melted butter into the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish or pan coated with cooking spray; tilt dish or pan to coat. Place spinach evenly in bottom of dish or pan and sprinkle evenly with the cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.
In a medium size bowl, combine flour and remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk until blended. Pour this mixture over spinach and cheese in pan. (Note: As you are making this, it may seem like there’s too much spinach and cheese, because it definitely fills up the pan–but put all of it in there! Because when you mix the egg-milk mixture and pour it over the spinach and cheese, that will weigh it down. Before you put this Cheesy Spinach bake in the oven, it will look like what is shown in the small picture.)
Bake at 350˚F for 40 minutes or until lightly browned. Let set for about 5 minutes, then cut and serve.
Here’s what it looks like after it’s been out of the oven and settled for a few minutes…
It’s always nice to find great-tasting recipes with veggies–do you have a favorite veggie side dish recipe that’s really yummy?
Sharing this recipe at Meal Plan Monday.