Food Fun and Facts - Spinach Casserole Recipe

Recipe for Spinach Casserole #1

Ingredients:

1 package frozen, chopped spinach (drained)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 ounce package of softened cream cheese
Ritz Crackers (Make crumbs)

In small pan, melt the butter and cream cheese together over low heat.

In a greased casserole, put the drained, chopped spinach.

Mix in the Butter and cream cheese. Top with the ritz cracker crumbs.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes, until bubbly.... Makes 4 Servings.

Recipe by Betsy Hendricks



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Recipe for Spinach Salad with Warm Maple Dijon Vinaigrette


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Hungry Jack Original Syrup
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup Crisco 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 (6-ounce) bag fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 small unpeeled red apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon or real bacon bits

Preparation

  1. WHISK together syrup, vinegar, mustard, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium microwave-safe bowl until well blended. Gradually whisk in oil, stirring until thickened.
  2. COMBINE spinach, apple, cheese and bacon in a large bowl. Just before serving, microwave vinaigrette on HIGH for 30 to 45 seconds or until warm. Drizzle salad with desired amount of vinaigrette; toss salad and serve immediately.

Serves
Makes 4 servings

SOURCE:
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  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 plum tomato, sliced
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