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Simply Scrumptious Spinach

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Updated July 11, 2014

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My husband, a noted vegetable hater, wanted to call this dish Surprisingly Scrumptious Spinach, but I thought my daughter's idea for a name was better. When cooled to room temperature, this also can be used as a spread or dip for vegetables.

This can also be made with a 16-oz bag of chopped frozen spinach. Just use 10 oz or so of mushrooms and a little more cheese.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 10 oz package chopped frozen spinach (or a larger bag, see above)
  • 1/2 C toasted pecan pieces (lightly toast in oven or on stove)
  • 6-8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 C minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, pressed, or smashed
  • 1/2 C grated cheese - at least some of it should be a hard cheese like Parmesan
  • 1 C ricotta cheese
  • Dry white wine - a little to deglaze and 1-2 T more
  • 1/2 t black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • A little nutmeg

Preparation:

1) Put pecans in food processor.

2) Thaw and squeeze liquid out of the spinach, then add that in, too.

3) Cook onion in skillet in a little oil until beginning to soften.

4) Add mushrooms, and cook on medium high until most of the water is out of them and mushrooms are browning.

5) Deglaze the pan with white wine (Laura's Deglazing Tips)

6) Add garlic and seasonings and cook for a minute or so.

7) Add the contents of the pan and cheeses to the food processor and process. If there isn't enough liquid for the processor to do its thing (you hope), add the wine, a tablespoon at a time.

8) Now all that remains is to heat it through. Put it in a bowl or small casserole dish and either heat it in the microwave for a few minutes, or put in the oven at ~350 F. for 15 minutes or until the top browns.

Nutritional Information: Each of 6 servings has 4 grams effective carbohydrate plus 3 grams fiber, 11 grams protein, and 192 calories.

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 5 out of 5
Not the same old creamed spinach!!!! YUM!, Guest Diana

This is FABULOUS! I think it's even better after sitting overnight, like a good soup! There are so many depths of flavor. It's amazing how complex the taste is. This is terrific as a side dish, but I also imagine it is superb as a dip for pita chips. If you have kids, you may want to cut back on the pepper a bit. It had a little heat to it, but my kids still ate it without the usual complaints over spinach. It is definitely worth the splurge to use a good parmesan cheese rather than the powdered stuff we all grew up with using on spaghetti. You just won't get the same flavor from that.

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