Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

Cheesy Spinach Bake

October 17, 2013Teresa

2013 – Gluten Free Living

Cheesy Spinach Bake is a delightful 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. This casserole 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. You can use regular flour if you don’t have gluten allergies.

The original recipe uses mustard which I leave out. I have difficulty enjoying mustard in recipes. Whether in a Breakfast Casserole or even on Corned Beef. I’m not much of a mustard lover anyway. I can tolerate it on hamburgers or hot dogs and that’s about it. While it may flavor the dish a little more, the downsides are more than I can handle.

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. 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. Cheesy Spinach Bake is calling my name! :-

I originally made this recipe in October 2013 for the headmaster at our church’s Christian school. I served it along with several other things when they moved into a house a few miles from our church. In that version I did include the mustard. They loved it. Me, not so much.

I recently remade this recipe (October 2019) for our church’s Young at Heart group. I served it with Apricot Glazed Ham, Loaded Bacon and Cheese Sweet Potato Bake and Quick Sourdough Bread. I liked it so much better this time around. Sure, you can add some herbs to give the casserole more flavor if you like. I know I just enjoyed it a whole lot more without mustard. I had several people want to take home leftovers!

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese &  #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

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

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

I served Cheesy Spinach Bake with Apricot Glazed Ham and Loaded Bacon and Cheese Sweet Potato Bake.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

This is a terrific side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Here’s what I did.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

I used these ingredients.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

Melt butter in a 9×13″ baking dish. Set aside.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

Place gluten free flour in a mixing bowl.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

Add salt, pepper, baking powder, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and eggs.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

Add milk or cream.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

Whisk ingredients until combined. Set aside.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

Place spinach in prepared baking dish. Stuff it in the pan the best you can.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

Sprinkle cheddar cheese over top of spinach.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

Now sprinkle Monterey Jack cheese over top of the cheddar.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

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

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

Try to pour the liquid mixture over top of the spinach as evenly as possible.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

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 cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

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 cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

I really enjoyed the savory taste of this casserole. It was particular good served with Apricot Glazed Ham and Loaded Bacon and Cheese Sweet Potato Bake.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

This cheesy spinach recipe is a great way to use up garden spinach too.

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

Cheesy Spinach Bake is half souffle and half casserole!

Here’s the recipe.

CHEESY SPINACH BAKE

(Recipe adapted from Nancy Creative)

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Cheesy Spinach Bake is a delightful side dish that's half souffle and half casserole. This gluten free recipe uses fresh spinach, Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses and a custard that's poured over the top before baking. It's quick and easy to prepare making it a terrific side dish for company or holiday dinners like Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Add melted butter to a 9x13" baking dish and tilt dish so the entire surface is well covered.
  3. Place spinach evenly in bottom of baking dish and pat down slightly.
  4. You will feel like you have to stuff the spinach into the pan. That's okay.
  5. Sprinkle the cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses evenly over top.
  6. In a medium size bowl, combine gluten free flour and remaining ingredients.
  7. Stir with a whisk until well-blended.
  8. Pour custard mixture over spinach and cheeses in baking dish.
  9. Bake at 350˚F for 40 minutes or until lightly browned.
  10. Let set for about 5 minutes, then cut and serve.
Recipe Notes

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 cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

Doesn’t Cheesy Spinach Bake look marvelous?

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

This dish makes a lot–a minimum of 12 servings. More if you’re serving a lot of food and you cut smaller pieces!

Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake

Everyone loved Cheesy Spinach Bake. It really makes a great side dish for company or holiday fare.

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Print Recipe
Cheesy Spinach Bake BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Cheesy Spinach Bake is a delightful side dish that's half souffle and half casserole. This gluten free recipe uses fresh spinach, Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses and a custard that's poured over the top before baking. It's quick and easy to prepare making it a terrific side dish for company or holiday dinners like Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cheesy Spinach Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this cheesy & delicious #spinach #souffle is made with both #CheddarCheese & #MontereyJack. It's the ultimate in cheesy comfort food! It's terrific for #holiday menus like #Thanksgiving or #Christmas. #GlutenFree #SideDish #GlutenFreeSideDish #CheesySpinachBake
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Add melted butter to a 9x13" baking dish and tilt dish so the entire surface is well covered.
  3. Place spinach evenly in bottom of baking dish and pat down slightly.
  4. You will feel like you have to stuff the spinach into the pan. That's okay.
  5. Sprinkle the cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses evenly over top.
  6. In a medium size bowl, combine gluten free flour and remaining ingredients.
  7. Stir with a whisk until well-blended.
  8. Pour custard mixture over spinach and cheeses in baking dish.
  9. Bake at 350˚F for 40 minutes or until lightly browned.
  10. Let set for about 5 minutes, then cut and serve.
Recipe Notes

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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