This delicious creamy spinach casserole with cheesy panko breadcrumbs is a great side dish to serve at the holidays or any occasion.
My daughter always loved Boston Market's creamed spinach, and I have tried to make it, but it's just not the same. Instead, I tried to make my own creamed spinach recipe with a little heavy cream in the spinach and a nice cheesy toasted breadcrumb topping.
Crunchy and Creamy Spinach Casserole
This is similar to the Spinach Artichoke Appetizer I made a while back. There's something about spinach and panko bread crumbs that makes them a great match. You could use regular breadcrumbs, but I enjoy the lighter, crunchier texture of the panko.
What You'll Need
- frozen chopped spinach - thawed and drained
- olive oil
- heavy cream
- Parmesan cheese
- panko bread crumbs
A spinach casserole with cream, butter, cheese, and breadcrumbs is full of flavor but it is hardly low in calories but it does have good nutritional value.
Most people think of spinach as being high in iron but it's also a great source of protein, calcium, and several other important vitamins and minerals. For example, a bag of fresh spinach, which basically cooks down to nothing, contains over 8 grams of protein and more vitamin C, A, and potassium than you need for the day, according to this chart on nutritionalvalue.org.
Perhaps that will let you overlook the extra calories.
I know everyone that came to our table liked it and there was only a tiny bit leftover which was quickly eaten the next day. You could keep it in an air-tight container for a few days but I would not freeze it. Don't worry it's so good I doubt there will be much left to keep.
- 2 - 1 pound bags frozen spinach chopped - thawed and drained
- 1 small onion - diced
- 2 cloves garlic - minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup butter melted, 1 stick
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- Saute onions and garlic in olive oil in a large skillet, on medium heat for a few minutes, making sure the garlic does not burn.
- Add spinach and salt and pepper.
- Stir and continue to saute for about 2-3 minutes.
- Add cream to the spinach mixture and combine well.
- Remove from heat and pour into a baking dish, approx. 9 x 11 inches
- In a separate bowl combine melted butter, Parmesan and bread crumbs.
- Stir until combined.
- Sprinkle over spinach.
- Bake in a 350 oven for 30 minutes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g
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