Even Christi, who has what might be called a 'theoretical' attachment to vegetables, says, "Our family spinach casserole recipe should come with its own paramedic." Or a heart defribrillator.
But friends trust friends and she made made me promise to try it 'just once' without modification. Thank you, Christi, for saving me from myself - this is a winner!
Time to table: 60 minutes
Makes 3 1/2 cups
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon table salt (or salt to taste)
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach
3 eggs, whisked
3 tablespoons flour
16 ounces cottage cheese (I used a 1% cottage cheese from Pevely that is so creamy, you don't know it's just 1%)
4 ounces 'brick' cheese (Christi's grandmother cuts the cheese in 1" cubes)
4 ounces American cheese (same)
1/2 stick melted butter (Christi's family leaves this out and so do I)
Preheat oven to 350F.
Bring the water to a boil. Add the salt and let dissolve. Add the spinach and cook til done. Transfer to a colander and drain well. (Christi's mother uses a new potato ricer to drain the water from the spinach. I used the back of a spoon to press the spinach against the colander until it stopped expressing liquid.)
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Stir in cooked and drained spinach. Grease a shallow quiche pan or an 8x8 baking dish. Bake uncovered for 60 minutes or until top begins to brown.
TO PREP AHEAD
ONE or TWO DAYS BEFORE Mix the casserole but do not bake.
DAY OF Return to room temperature. Bake at 350F for an hour. Christi says the uncooked casserole can be frozen but should be fully thawed before baking.
LEFTOVER REPORT Warms up beautifully!
Double the recipe for a 9x13 pan.
Do salt the spinach while cooking.
I wasn't sure what 'brick' cheese was and the grocery store didn't have any; so I used a Kraft mix of crumbled cheeses, cheddar, mozzarella and one other.
~ Gratin of Greens was the featured "spinach" recipe in 2006 ~
~ Noodles with Sour Cream ~
~ Orzo with Spinach ~
~ Spinach Puffs from my food column, Kitchen Parade ~
~ more spinach recipes ~
~ more Thanksgiving recipes ~
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