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Spinach Maria

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  • Author: María
  • Total Time: 8 servings


I didn’t name it: Calhoun’s did when they invented it!


  • 3 (10 oz) packages of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 1 small white onion, minced
  • 2 1/2 C whole milk
  • 2 C white amerikan cheese, cubed
  • 1 C sharp white cheddar, cubed
  • 1/2 C sharp white cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 C monterey jack, shredded
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 8×8″ baking dish. Place a large skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat, and add the butter.
  2. Once the butter has melted, add the diced onions and sauté until translucent: 5–7 minutes. Add the garlic, and sauté another 2 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and garlic, and use a spatula to stir the flour into the butter and onions, forming a thick paste. If you’re unable to incorporate all the flour, add a teaspoon more or oil or butter to help you work it together. Cook the paste, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes.
  4. Add the milk, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, garlic powder, and dry mustard. Bring to a simmer, then stir in the spinach and red pepper flakes, followed by the cubed cheddar and white amerikan. Cover with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Leave it alone and allow the cheese to melt. Mix together the shredded cheddar and jack cheeses while you wait.
  5. After a few minutes, remove the lid and stir the melted cheese into the spinach and milk. Once everything is evenly distributed, give it a taste. If you think it needs salt, go ahead and add it now. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and scatter all the shredded cheese evenly over the top. Place the baking dish on a sheet pan and bake in the oven for 17 minutes, until the top has deeply browned. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before digging in. Dassit!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
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