This recipe is a holiday favorite with my family since I was born, my Dad has been making this since his 20’s and it’s still a stand-by every Thanksgiving – I just love traditions!
It actually started out as a spinach soufflé, but that tends to get stressful as you need to bake it in a soufflé dish and eat it right out of the oven before it deflates. Since that doesn’t work with my normal eating schedule, I’ve adjusted it slightly and just love it more as a tart!
You could absolutely make this into a quiche-type dish and bake it in a pie shell, but it truly doesn’t need the pastry – it’s just perfect on its own! You could also make these as mini-muffins and serve them as appetizers at a cocktail party. I always love this as a Thanksgiving side dish, but you could have it for breakfast with a poached egg on top or a light lunch with a side salad – so many options!
Here’s how you make it (8 side servings):
- Preheat the oven to 175C/350f
- Grease an 8-inch round pan, set aside
- Melt 1/2 stick butter in the microwave, once melted stir in 3 tbsp of flour and a pinch of salt and set mixture aside
- Beat 4 eggs in a bowl, set bowl aside
- Microwave 1 package of frozen spinach until thawed and then drain with a paper towel until all excess water is gone – put drained spinach into a large bowl
- Mix the following into the large spinach bowl: 8oz mozzarella cheese, 16oz cottage cheese, 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, beaten eggs and butter/flour mixture
- Pour mixture into greased baking dish and bake for 75 minutes
Things to note:
- In some ovens it can take as little as 60 minutes, in others up to 90 – check at the 1 hour mark. You’re looking for a crispy golden top and well-set middle!
- Serve warm or cold
- Any type of flour works, if you have a gluten allergy
- Use full-fat or reduced-fat cheese, but not fat-free!
- If you make these as mini-muffins, cut the baking time dramatically and check so they don’t burn!
- 1/2 stick butter
- 3 tbsp flour
- Pinch salt
- 4 eggs
- 1 package frozen spinach
- 8oz mozzarella
- 16oz cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
You HAVE to try this one for Thanksgiving – if you’re like me, you’ll be looking for new sides to serve and this is the perfect answer!