Monday, April 16, 2012

Spinach-Artichoke Casserole

I've been waiting for the Big Guy to get home before we tried this recipe.  It is hard to cook for one person and I just love cooking for him because he will eat almost anything.  The only thing he really doesn't want is rutabaga.  Rutabaga?  Before we were married I didn't even know what that was.  But apparently it is one of his Dad's favorites therefore something he had tried.  So far I've found it pretty easy to avoid but I might have to find some good recipes when the in-laws visit!

This casserole makes a great side dish for a lighter meat like chicken, although we had it with meatloaf tonight and I thought it went well.  Next time I might try adding some breadcrumbs as a binder because it wasn't quite casserolish.  However it's shape didn't effect it's taste!

Spinach-Artichoke Casserole

2 10oz packages chopped spinach, thawed
1 14-oz can artichoke hearts
2 T butter
2 T chopped onion
2 T all purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
3/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Drain the chopped spinach well but reserve 1/2 a cup of the spinach liquid.  It's messy but honestly the best way to do this after you've drained the initial liquid is to pick it up and squeeze it with your freshly washed hands!  Drain the artichoke hearts and quarter them.

Melt the butter over medium high heat.  Saute the onions until they are tender. (I doubled the amount of onions, butter and flour because I love onions!)  Add flour and stir constantly for one minute.  Stir in the spinach liquid and milk and stir for 2 minutes.  The mixture will start the get thick and bubbly.

Add the spinach, artichokes, garlic salt, pepper and Worcestershire and stir.  Spoon into a baking dish (I used an 8x8 pan).  Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

This was SUPER yummy.  It is also a decently healthy way to get some good greens in your diet.  It was flavorful without being too rich and almost resembled a spinach-artichoke dip you would order at a restaurant.  

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!


Natasha in Oz said...

G"day from Australia. I must confess,I actually don't know what rutabagas are! I will have to investigate. I do like the look fo your yummy dish though-I will definitely be trying it!

I just want to invite you to join in with my weekly Say G’day Linky Party which started on the weekend. I would be so thrilled if you could join in and link up this wonderful post!

Best wishes for a fabulous week!
Natasha in Oz

Stephanie said...

This is such a great idea, thanks for sharing!!


Seaweed and Raine said...

Looks delish! :)I will have to try this at some point. :) Like Natasha, I have no idea what Rutabagas are... although I have heard of them before. I should fix that. :)
Hope your week is off to a great start.

Seaweed and Raine said...

Back again! LOL I confess I googled, found Wikipedia, and discovered that Rutatbaga's are what we in Australia call Turnips. :)

Miz Helen said...

What a great Casserole and full of flavor! Hope you have a fabulous week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

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