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!