Sunday, March 04, 2012

Food Galore!!! Spinach Bake

We stayed home this weekend.  This is something we don't do very often.  We usually have places to go, people to see or people over to our house.  This weekend we were home with nothing planned....

Eric suggested on Thursday that we try our hand at home-made pizza on the weekend.  I was so excited to try this since I love love love LOVE pizza.  Then on Friday I opened one of my scary cupboards, the one that holds a bunch of loose recipes and 'What's cooking' magazines and I thought "We really need to try some of these recipes we have been holding onto!"

Thus, our first ever, weekend of FOOD.   Since we already had pizza on the menu, we all chose an other recipe from the many options.  Miriam wanted pizza.... she found a pizza recipe in a magazine and her mind was set, so she didn't really make a choice.  

This week I will share one recipe everyday from our random feast.  Starting from the least favourite to the most amazing!

Saucy Spinach Bake
from the festive 2011 Kraft 'What's cooking?' mag

3/4 cup Herb & Garlic cream cheese
1/2 cup Milk
2 pkg  fresh spinach (227g each)
1 cup grated cheese (we did half mozzarella & half cheddar)
25 ritz crackers

Preheat Oven 425

In a large pot cook milk and cream cheese over medium heat until smooth. (do not boil)

Add spinach in batches being sure to cover all of it with sauce; cook for 2-3 minutes until spinach is wilted.  Stir in half of the cheese.

Pour into an 8x8 baking dish.

Sprinkle with remaining cheese and crushed crackers.

Bake for 10 minutes and let stand 5 min before serving.

If I was ever going to make this again I would only use 1/2 cup of cream cheese, and a little less milk.

To start, you will NEVER guess who chose this recipe...  Seth!  Every time we  have spinach in a salad or cooked in anything else he picks it out.  He is not, generally, a picky eater, but I assumed he did not like spinach.  There isn't many kids out there who will knowingly devour spinach.

I assumed correctly.  Although tasty and flavourful, this dish was nothing special.  I watched as Seth took a bite and shuddered.  He doesn't like spinach.

If you like spinach, it's worth a try, but we won't be trying this recipe ever again. (once was enough)   **** Revision:  Seth enjoyed this much more when we warmed it for lunch the following day and had 2 helpings.... maybe we will have to try to make it again!

Return tomorrow for the Grilled Prosciutto & Asparagus bundles.

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