November 21, 2008
LilSis, I hear that you put a call out for easy Thanksgiving recipes, and I have one for you. I’m not a huge expert on what is freezable and what is not, so I can’t make any promises about that. I can tell you that this Spinach Artichoke Casserole is so so easy, that it’s almost as quick as a made-ahead frozen dish. The hardest part is cooking the onions, and I bet Big T will do that for you! Most casseroles with these two vegetables have cream cheese, heavy cream and/or canned soup. This one does have small amounts of Parmesan and sour cream, but I think it’s lower in fat than the others, and the flavor is fantastic. I’ve made this a couple of times.
Spinach Artichoke Casserole
2 (14 ounce) cans artichoke hearts, drained and halved
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup butter (or olive oil)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I use more!)
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
Dash of cayenne pepper
2 TBSP grated Parmesan cheese
Cook onions in butter or oil until tender. Meanwhile, arrange artichokes in bottom of a greased casserole dish. Drain spinach very thoroughly, pressing out as much water as you can. I like to just pick up a handful with clean hands, and squeeze it completely dry. To the cooked onions, add the spinach, sour cream, 1/4 cup Parmesan, salt and peppers. Spoon spinach mixture over artichokes and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
Bake uncovered at 350º for 25 to 30 minutes or until completely heated throughout.
I also found a couple of recipes from AllRecipes that I thought sounded really good for Thanksgiving. How about Carrot Broccoli Casserole with cheese, but without rice or canned soup? I love carrots and broccoli together, and cheese would just make the combo even tastier! Crumb-Topped Broccoli Bake sounds delicious too. Again, no rice since you have those scrumptious mashed potatoes for your starch. It has crushed Ritz crackers on the top, and calls for a can of process cheese sauce. I think that means Cheez Whiz!
I hope you like one of those. Maybe someone will have an idea we haven’t thought of yet!