Monday, September 30, 2013

Jalapeno Creamed Spinach

There is nothing I love more than dinner at an old school steakhouse.  You know the kind of place with dark wood paneled walls?  Big overstuffed red leather chairs.  Blue cheese salad dressing.  (With real blue cheese in it?)  And creamed spinach as a side dish.  That's my kind of place.  Preferably with some swanky lighting and decor.  Since Mr. DD can grill one heck of a steak just like any steakhouse, I figure I can keep up in the side dish department.  What's better than creamed spinach?  Jalapeno creamed spinach.  Rich and creamy with a little kick.  An excellent accompaniment to a ribeye steak. 
Jalapeno Creamed Spinach,
The kicked-up steakhouse classic...
The Jalapeno Creamed Spinach Line-Up
Combine flour and melted butter.
Stir in chopped onion.
Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add reserved spinach liquid.
Add evaporated milk.

Stir in pepperjack cheese.
Add chopped jalapeno.

Season with celery salt, salt and pepper.
Add spinach.
Place in a greased casserole dish.
Melt butter and add bread crumbs.

Place on top of spinach mixture.
Bake until bubbly and lightly browned.

Enjoy with a steak of course!

Jalapeno Creamed Spinach

1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup evaporated milk
2/3 cup shredded pepperjack cheese
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, minced
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup unsalted butter, divided
1/4 cup bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Grease an 8x8-inch casserole dish.  Place the spinach in a microwave-safe bowl, and cook in the microwave on high for abou 5 minutes.  Drain well, reserving 1/2 cup liquid.  Melt 2 tablespoons butter ina medium pan over medium heat.  Stir in flour.  Mix in onion and garlic, and cook for 1 minute.  Gradually stir in spinach liquid, evaporated milk, cheese and jalapeno.  Season with celery salt, salt and pepper.  Mix in the spinach.  Transfer to the greased casserole dish.  Meanwhile in a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and stir in bread crumbs until coated.  Top spinach mixture with bread crumbs.  Bake 45 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned.

Prep Time:  Approximately 25 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 45 minutes

NOTE:  This makes about 4 "hearty" servings or six "regular" servings, so you may need to double if you have several to feed.

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