FLORENTINE? What does 'florentine' mean? In recipes, it usually means something on a bed of spinach. In general, it means something from the city of Florence, Italy.
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~ one year ago this week Date-Night Chicken from Kitchen Parade, not all that different! ~
MAKE IT A MEAL Ha! This already IS a meal so will be added to the still-being-updated list of Main Dishes, recipes for main dishes with vegetables, of course.
Time to table: 1 hour
Serves about 6
WHITE SAUCE (takes the longest so start first)
3 tablespoons butter
3 bouillon cubes, crushed (or you could soften in a bit of the milk that will be added later, I used 3 teaspoons of bouillon concentrate)
1/2 an onion, chopped (optional)
garlic? mushrooms? other chopped veggies? add what's on hand (optional)
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups milk (I used whole milk because it was on hand, skim works fine too)
1 cup cheese - grated Parmesan, cheddar, etc.
16 ounces frozen chopped spinach
Juice of half a lemon
Salt & pepper
TURKEY & FINISHING
Cooked turkey, chopped (I used a good two or three cups)
Other cooked leftovers, if you have them and want to extend the casserole
Paprika (for color, optional, I used the smoky Spanish paprika called pimentón, which is quite delicious)
Preheat oven to 350F.
SAUCE: In a large saucepan, melt the butter til shimmery on MEDIUM. Add the onion, garlic, mushrooms and other veggies and sauté a bit. Stir in the bouillon, flour and salt, stir til fully incorporated. A tablespoon at a time, add the milk, incorporating each tablespoon before adding the next. (This is what recipes mean when they say to "gradually add the milk". Doing so slowly prevents floury lumps from forming in the sauce.) When it's fully added, add the cheese and let cook for a few minutes, stirring often, til it's thick and hot and the cheese is melted.
Meanwhile, spread frozen spinach into a shallow casserole dish. Mike it for two or three minutes. (After miking, if it's really wet or if you're picky, you might squeeze handfuls of the spinach over the sink a bit to release some of the excess liquid.) Sprinkle the lemon juice over top, season with salt and pepper.
Top the spinach with the turkey and any other cooked ingredients. Spread the sauce over top, covering completely. Press a bit to help get down into the turkey and a bit into the spinach. Top with cheese. Bake for about 30 minutes.
The spinach layer was delicious, perfectly fresh and green. It started with a bag of frozen spinach. A box would work too but spinach from a bag meant that the spinach didn't need thawing to spread across the casserole dish.
The inspiring recipe didn't thaw the spinach beforehand. But it was easy enough to throw into the microwave for a few minutes while the rest of the casserole came together.
Next time I might cook some chopped mushrooms with the white sauce. (Or go ahead, use a can of mushroom soup thinned with milk. I won't tell!)
Cheddar cheese would add more color to the top.
But next time, I'll turn the cheese into the white sauce so that the cheese-iness works into the turkey and spinach.
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