Spinach Casserole
Submitted by: Suzette Haden Elgin
Story behind this Recipe:
The recipe that follows started out, years ago, as one of those Bisquick "impossible pies," but I have changed it in so many ways over the years that it's definitely my own now. Getting people who don't like spinach to *taste* it is the hurdle; and of course kids (U.S.-raised kids, at least) go all over wobbly at the sight of a food with "Euuuuuuu... GREEN stuff!" in it. But anyone who tastes it loves it -- and I guarantee you, it does not taste like spinach. You can make it many hours ahead and keep it in the refrigerator until time to cook it, which means you can spend your time with your guests instead of in the kitchen. With a salad and some sort of bread it makes a handsome meal for six.
Notes: This is the bare-bones recipe and should be tried before you vary it - but once you've done that, you can branch out in all directions. For the nuts I use either pecans or walnuts, for the herbs I use basil and oregano; you may have other preferences. It's very good *without* the nuts and herbs, if you don't have them on hand. Adding other vegetables hurts nothing, a dash of white wine can be interesting, and you may find you want more or less Bisquick than I use. If you have a huge crowd to feed you can stretch this by adding more eggs -- but it will be a very different dish, more like a fritatta. The only thing hard about it is getting the spinach drained properly - the only way I know to do it is to take the stuff by handfuls and squeeze the liquid from it. If you used fresh spinach you wouldn't have to do that, but you'd just trade that task for the task of getting rid of all the sand.
Ingredients:
1 large onion, chopped
1 10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup grated Swiss cheese
1 handful (more or less) nuts, in pieces
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Dash of nutmeg
1 1/4 Bisquick
1/4 cup fresh herbs, cut fine
Units: US
Serves: N/A
Cooking Instructions:
Butter a standard-size casserole. Mix together in a bowl the spinach, onion, Swiss cheese, and nuts, and put the mixture into the casserole. Make a batter by beating together the egg, milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg, Bisquick, and herbs. Pour it over the other ingredients in the casserole. Bake an hour at 375°F.