Monday, November 14, 2011

Easy Cheesy Spinach Bake ~ Did I just say that?


Wow. I did.

But at least I didn't say, Easy Cheesy Peasy Spinach Bake.

No. I would never say that.


Easy Cheesy Spinach Bake, is the best way to describe this dish and I titled it (I promise) before I realized the words, "easy" and "cheesy"  ...annoyingly rhymed.


Easy Cheesy Spinach Bake


2 10 oz. packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and pressed of its liquid
2 garlic cloves, very finely diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
dash of freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Sour Cream
2 cups grated cheese (I used a 4 cheese pizza blend from a bag...I said EASY)
4 tablespoons panko
4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 375.

Mix together your panko and parmesan in a small bowl and set aside.

In a medium sized pan, over medium heat, add olive oil and then garlic and saute until it begins to sizzle and very lightly brown (1-2 minutes). 

Add your spinach and stir around in the pan until well coated with the olive oil and garlic, about 2-3 minutes.

Turn off heat and add your dusting of freshly grated nutmeg (3-4 runs on your grater).  Add your heavy cream, sour cream and cheese and mix together well. Salt and pepper to taste.

Spray a casserole dish (or here I used two mini bread tins) with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle the dish or tins with the combination of panko and grated Parmesan cheese. Shake the bread crumb/cheese combo to coat your dish or tins on all sides... but mostly the bottom.

Add your Spinach/Cheese mixture and press down with a spatula or spoon. Top with more of the the panko/Parmesan mixture and cover with foil.

Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes, then carefully remove foil and continue cooking an addition 10-15 minutes or until the crumbs look browned and crispy.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool 10-15 minutes.  If using tins (like shown here) place a flat dish on top and flip over (or invert) the spinach bake onto the dish, then carefully flip it over again to expose the crispy top.  ENJOY!



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Karen said...

Thank you for not saying peasy! ha.
This cheese crust looks fantastic. I can get into spinach when there's cheese, sour cream and heavy cream involved!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Baked cheesy goodness and crispy bread crumbs, YUM!

amelia from z tasty life said...

sounds healthy, tasty, crunchy and easy too! must make.

Aarthi said...

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Clint said...

When I saw the title, I wasn't too interested. Now that I've seen the recipe and pics I admit I was wrong. Looks sensational.

tori said...

Just gorgeous- I can imagine it being stunning with some roast chicken or turkey- thank you!

Nuts about food said...

How is it that you make even a simple dish look lovely. This is a great idea as a side dish to just about anything. Or even on its own.

Lea Ann said...

I think this sounds great, and I even have a bag of spinach I need to use.

Unknown said...

Easy? Cheesy? I'm completely sold!!!

Bake-A-Holic said...

I just had this dish last night at a cooking club I'm a part of! Very good! The only difference in the one I had was the addition of onions. Yum.

Unknown said...

onions would certainly make it better!!! I'm glad you tried it!