Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen |this #casserole uses fresh #spinach and is covered in a #cheese and #mustard sauce. #glutenfree

Cheesy Spinach Bake

October 17, 2013Teresa

2013 – Gluten Free Living

Cheesy Spinach Bake is a tasty way to prepare spinach. I am always on the lookout for great looking spinach recipes and this one’s a dandy. It sure is different from any recipe I’ve tried for spinach before because it’s a casserole that actually uses fresh spinach instead of frozen chopped spinach. But the spinach cooks down as you bake it leaving it very cheesy and gooey.

This souffle-type spinach casserole really did not take me more than about 5-8 minutes to have oven-ready. I used gluten free flour so this recipe is gluten free for those with gluten intolerance, but you can use regular flour if you don’t have gluten allergies. If you’re not used to mustard in your casseroles than leave it out. It definitely provides a distinctive flavor–some people like it and some people don’t, so you decide what your preference is.

For this recipe, basically you pile spinach in your baking dish, sprinkle the cheeses on top and then make a sauce with the remaining ingredients and pour the sauce over the top. Then bake. That’s it! Cheesy Spinach Bake is very cheesy and when it cooks down it has more of a fallen souffle texture then a real thick casserole mixture.

I found this tasty recipe at Nancy Creative. Before I even started my blog last year I routinely saw Nancy’s stuff on Pinterest and shortly thereafter I started following her blog. I love how creatively and beautifully Nancy presents recipes, crafts, poems, and other things she posts on her blog.

When I saw this recipe on her blog last summer I pinned it knowing that I would want to come back to it later and try it. (Yes, I’m one of those people who don’t just pin recipes, I actually make them!) A couple of weeks ago I finally got around to making this excellent side dish. Cheesy Spinach Bake is certainly worth making for holidays or other special occasions.

If you’re looking for a way to use up garden produce or you just love spinach recipes (like me) I recommend you give Cheesy Spinach Bake a try, too. It’s very flavorful and really not all that difficult to whip up. Let me reiterate, if you don’t like a strong mustard taste in your casseroles than you should omit this. It will still be fine either way, but it does provide a nice, savory flavor if you enjoy mustard. Cheesy Spinach Bake is calling my name! :-

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen |this #casserole uses fresh #spinach and is covered in a #cheese and #mustard sauce. #glutenfree

Cheesy Spinach Bake is a spinach souffle with a creamy, cheesy mustard sauce on top.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen |this #casserole uses fresh #spinach and is covered in a #cheese and #mustard sauce. #glutenfree

Here’s a serving of Cheesy Spinach Bake.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen |this #casserole uses fresh #spinach and is covered in a #cheese and #mustard sauce. #glutenfree

This view shows how the spinach compresses with the weight of the cheese sauce and cooks down while baking.

Here’s what I did.

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Spray 9×13″ glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spread a tablespoon of melted butter in ban and tilt the pan so the entire surface is well covered. Place spinach in prepared baking dish. I made two casserole dishes: one for us and one for someone I was taking a meal to.

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Sprinkle cheddar cheese over top of spinach.

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Now sprinkle Monterey Jack cheese over top of the cheddar.

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To make this dish gluten free, I used all purpose gluten free flour. Measure GF flour into a mixing bowl.

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Add milk.

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Add eggs. They really should be beaten first before adding. I was lazy.

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Add spicy brown mustard or Dijon mustard. Don’t add the mustard unless you enjoy a strong, savory, mustard taste in your casseroles.

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Add kosher salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, nutmeg and baking powder.

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Whisk ingredients to combine.

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Pour the custard mixture over top of the spinach and cheeses.

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Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes until lightly browned. See how the spinach has compressed and the cheesy custard mixture has sunk down into the bottom of the dish.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen |this #casserole uses fresh #spinach and is covered in a #cheese and #mustard sauce. #glutenfree

Cheesy Spinach Bake is a great fall casserole to bake, but also good for holiday baking.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen |this #casserole uses fresh #spinach and is covered in a #cheese and #mustard sauce. #glutenfree

I really enjoyed the savory taste of this casserole.

Here’s the recipe.

CHEESY SPINACH BAKE

(Recipe adapted from Nancy Creative)

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Gluten free recipe uses fresh spinach, Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, and a souffle mixture with Dijon mustard poured over top.
Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen |this #casserole uses fresh #spinach and is covered in a #cheese and #mustard sauce. #glutenfree
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen |this #casserole uses fresh #spinach and is covered in a #cheese and #mustard sauce. #glutenfree
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Spray 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Add melted butter and tilt dish so the entire surface is well covered.
  4. Place spinach evenly in bottom of baking dish and pat down slightly.
  5. You will feel like you have to stuff the spinach into the pan. That's okay.
  6. Sprinkle the cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses evenly over top.
  7. In a medium size bowl, combine gluten free flour and remaining ingredients.
  8. Stir with a whisk until well-blended.
  9. Pour custard mixture over spinach and cheeses in baking dish.
  10. Bake at 350˚F for 40 minutes or until lightly browned.
  11. Let set for about 5 minutes, then cut and serve.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: This casserole has a strong, savory mustard taste. If you do not enjoy that flavor in your casseroles, I highly recommend leaving off the mustard in this recipe.

NOTE FROM NANCY: As you are making this, it may seem like there’s too much spinach and cheese, because it definitely fills up the pan–but put all of it in there! Because when you mix the egg-milk mixture and pour it over the spinach and cheese, that will weigh it down.

Recipe adapted from Nancy Creative.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Cheesy Spinach Bake[/b]
Recipe Type: Vegetable/Casserole
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from [url href=”http://nancycreative.com/?s=cheesy+spinach+bake&submit=Search” target=”_blank” title=”cheesy spinach bake”]Nancy Creative[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
Gluten free recipe uses fresh spinach, Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, and a souffle mixture with Dijon mustard poured over top.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 (6-ounce) packages fresh baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 1/3 cups gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. spicy mustard or Dijon mustard (omit this if you don’t like a strong mustard flavor)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground red pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Spray 9×13″ baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Add melted butter and tilt dish so the entire surface is well covered.
  4. Place spinach evenly in bottom of baking dish and pat down slightly.
  5. You will feel like you have to stuff the spinach into the pan. That’s okay.
  6. Sprinkle the cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses evenly over top.
  7. In a medium size bowl, combine gluten free flour and remaining ingredients.
  8. Stir with a whisk until well-blended.
  9. Pour custard mixture over spinach and cheeses in baking dish.
  10. Bake at 350˚F for 40 minutes or until lightly browned.
  11. Let set for about 5 minutes, then cut and serve. [br]
Notes
This casserole has a strong, savory mustard taste. If you do not enjoy that flavor in your casseroles, I highly recommend leaving off the mustard in this recipe.[br][br][b]NOTE FROM NANCY [/b]: As you are making this, it may seem like there’s too much spinach and cheese, because it definitely fills up the pan–but put all of it in there! Because when you mix the egg-milk mixture and pour it over the spinach and cheese, that will weigh it down.
Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen |this #casserole uses fresh #spinach and is covered in a #cheese and #mustard sauce. #glutenfree

Doesn’t Cheesy Spinach Bake look marvelous? This dish makes a lot–a minimum of 12 servings. More if you’re serving a lot of food and you cut smaller pieces!

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Print Recipe
Cheesy Spinach Bake BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Gluten free recipe uses fresh spinach, Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, and a souffle mixture with Dijon mustard poured over top.
Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen |this #casserole uses fresh #spinach and is covered in a #cheese and #mustard sauce. #glutenfree
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen |this #casserole uses fresh #spinach and is covered in a #cheese and #mustard sauce. #glutenfree
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Spray 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Add melted butter and tilt dish so the entire surface is well covered.
  4. Place spinach evenly in bottom of baking dish and pat down slightly.
  5. You will feel like you have to stuff the spinach into the pan. That's okay.
  6. Sprinkle the cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses evenly over top.
  7. In a medium size bowl, combine gluten free flour and remaining ingredients.
  8. Stir with a whisk until well-blended.
  9. Pour custard mixture over spinach and cheeses in baking dish.
  10. Bake at 350˚F for 40 minutes or until lightly browned.
  11. Let set for about 5 minutes, then cut and serve.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: This casserole has a strong, savory mustard taste. If you do not enjoy that flavor in your casseroles, I highly recommend leaving off the mustard in this recipe.

NOTE FROM NANCY: As you are making this, it may seem like there’s too much spinach and cheese, because it definitely fills up the pan–but put all of it in there! Because when you mix the egg-milk mixture and pour it over the spinach and cheese, that will weigh it down.

Recipe adapted from Nancy Creative.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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